Spain VS Costa Rica – WC Match #11


After the amazing first game of Group E between Germany and Japan, where four-time Asian champions defeated four-time world champions. The second game also didn’t disappoint. Spaniards made it crystal clear that they are a force to reckon with. Spain kept a clean sheet and scored 7 times against Costa Rica. It is the biggest world cup victory. We saw England smashing Iran with 6 goals but they conceded 2. The final whistle really did end the misery of Costa Rica.

A Spanish Domination

Luis Enrique’s squad was all over the field and goals were flying. Dani Olmo started the scoring for Spain. Olmo gave the lead to Spain by scoring from a beautiful chipped cross by Gavi and beating Navas. After 10 minutes Real Madrid man Asensio doubled the lead by putting the ball into the net after a low cross from Alba. Navas only managed to put his fingertips on the ball and guided it into the bottom corner. After exactly the same time, Ferran Torres finds the net after Navas made a mistake. Torres scored again by taking advantage of the poor Costa Rica defense.

In the 74th minute, Morata’s cross finds Gavi who scored a superb volley to make it 5-0. Then in the 90th minute the substitute Carlos Soler finds the net after Navas failed to fully save the cross. After that just two minutes into extra time, Alvaro Morata met with Olmo’s precise through ball and finds the bottom left corner. 

Costa Rica didn’t do much in the game. They were on the back foot and allowed the Spaniards to score again and again. It is their biggest loss in the world cup. The Spanish players exploited the defense and Keylor Navas was tested many times. The veteran keeper was not getting any help from the defenders so despite his efforts to minimize the damage he got beaten 7 times. 

Man of the match

I think the 18-year-old Barca’s young gun Gavi deserves to win the man of the match. This kid is something special, a proper baller. He was everywhere on the pitch creating good chances, cutting in behinds, and providing great environments for others at the pitch. He proved that he deserved to win the Kopa trophy in 2022.

To sum up, the group E teams didn’t disappoint. Spain can relax now but it’s time for Costa Rica and Germany to tidy things up because the next two games are crucial for them. 

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