In their CONCACAF World Cup qualifying campaign, Costa Rica placed fourth and defeated New Zealand in a decisive match to secure their spot. The Central American team defeated Nigeria easily last week by a 2-0 score, but they will have to fight very hard to repeat that performance this time around.
Spain, on the other hand, won their group during their World Cup qualifying campaign and has selected a young team. Under Luis Enrique, La Furia Roja has flourished, and in their most recent match, they easily defeated Jordan by a score of 3-1.
Spain’s World Cup campaign got off to a rout over Costa Rica, 7-0, as they made an early statement about their tournament credentials.
The first two goals were scored by Dani Olmo (11) and Marco Asensio (21), and the third was added by former Manchester City striker Ferran Torres from the penalty spot (31), before he scored his second goal of the night just after halftime with a low finish (54).
With a beautiful volleyed strike from Alvaro Morata’s pass for the fifth goal, Barcelona midfielder Gavi, who at 18 years and 110 days old was the youngest player to represent Spain at a World Cup, became the competition’s youngest goal scorer since Pele in 1958. (74).
Costa Rica was unable to respond, failing to even generate a shot on goal as Spain, seeking a repeat of their 2010 World Cup victory, enjoyed a record 82 percent of the possession. There was still time for replacements Carlos Soler (90) and Morata (90+2) to get in on the action.