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Ranking Spain’s 5 best players against Costa Rica

The spirit of Luis Enrique Spain their start World Cup 2022 journey with a bold 7-0 win over Costa Rica at Al Thumama Stadium on Wednesday night (November 23). Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio, Álvaro Morata, Carlos Solerand Gavi each scored a goal in Spain’s opening Group E match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, while Ferran Torres scored a brace.

Enrique’s side wasted no time getting in. They passed the ball quickly and dodged Costa Rican tackles, frustrating opponents with their movement and perception. They created their first scoring opportunity after just five minutes of play.

Olmo met Pedri’s perfectly weighted serve at the far post. Unmarked, Olmo made a shot with his side foot, but couldn’t get it on target. Four minutes later, Asensio tries his luck from the middle. Like Olmo, Real Madrid forward can’t hit the target either.

Spain’s relentless pressure finally paid off in the 11th minute, when Olmo subtly controlled Gavi’s deflected pass and sent the ball deep. keylor navas and into the net. Ten minutes later, Asensio used his miraculous left foot to make the first shot after Jordi Alba’s sunk pass from the left.

Just before half-time, Costa Rican centre-back Oscar Duarte unnecessarily knocks Alba out of the box. The referee did not hesitate to point at the penalty spot. Barcelona ace Torres took a confident penalty to make it 3-0 for Spain. The Spaniard finished the first half with a whopping 85% possession, making 537 passes.

Nine 45 minutes into the second, the 2010 FIFA World Cup winners took a 4-0 lead. Torres took advantage of Costa Rica’s lackluster defense to hit the helpless Navas from close range. Enrique made a series of substitutions, but that didn’t detract from the referee’s playing style in any way. They continued to torture their opponents with intricate touches and perfect passes to every inch.

In the 74th minute, the substitute Morata trimmed the ball for Gavi right in the penalty area. The 18-year-old made a superb first shot to make it 5-0 for Spain. However, the party isn’t over for La Roja yet. Substitute Soler scored his sixth in the 90th minute before Morata scored his seventh three minutes later.

It was Spain’s impressive win at Al Thumama Stadium, with the 2010 champions taking home their biggest ever win at the FIFA World Cup. Here are five Spain stars who stood out in Wednesday’s decisive win over Costa Rica:

#5 Gavi

Spain v Costa Rica: Group E - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Spain v Costa Rica: Group E – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

At 18 years and 108 days, Gavi became the youngest player to make his World Cup debut for Spain on Wednesday night. In the 74th minute, he became the youngest Spaniard to score in the tournament. Receiving a sinking pass from Morata right in the box, Gavi confidently launched a beautiful volley outside the goal. It cuts inside the column before making the net bounce.

On the day of becoming Spain’s youngest player at the World Cup, 18-year-old Gavi scored a perfect volley 😍

In addition to marking his World Cup debut with a stunning goal, Gavi also made a crucial pass, won seven duels, fouled five times and made 66 passes (90-degree accuracy). ,4%).

#4 Dani Olmo

Spain v Costa Rica: Group E - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Spain v Costa Rica: Group E – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

His fifth minute miss aside, Dani Olmo had a perfect match against Costa Rica. He displayed impeccable control to stop Gavi’s deflected pass in the 11th minute and put in a delicate finish that sent the ball past Navas. Olmo also worked well with Morata to score Atletico Madrid’s players in injury time.

In the game against Costa Rica, Olmo also made an important pass, winning two ground disputes and attempting two tackles.

#3 Pedri

Spain v Costa Rica: Group E - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Spain v Costa Rica: Group E – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Barcelona star, ​Pedri, ran the show in the middle of the park for the Spanish Armada. He passes the ball perfectly, he creates scoring opportunities at will and rarely loses the ball (only three times). Pedri showed his class on his FIFA World Cup debut, giving fans hope for a bright future.

Pedri’s first half numbers vs. Costa Rica:96% pass accuracy74 touchdowns69 passes completed3 key passes3/4 long passes completed1/1 land dispute winnerCreater .

On the first day of Group E, Pedri made three crucial passes, made four precise long passes and won both ground contests. He also made 86 passes (96.6%), made 2 tackles and created great chances.

#2 Jordi Alba

Spain v Costa Rica: Group E - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Spain v Costa Rica: Group E – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Veteran Spain full-back Jordi Alba rarely made a mistake against Costa Rica on Wednesday. Alba’s passing accuracy as well as long range are exquisite. He has held his ground in one-on-one battles. And most importantly, he was directly involved in 2 of the 3 goals in the first half of La Roja.

The Barcelona left-back cleverly chose Asensio for a goal in the 21st minute and then earned a penalty 10 minutes later, but Torres saved it.

In the 11th game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Alba made an important pass, made 5 long accurate passes, won 3 land disputes and made 2 interceptions. He also completed a stunning 100 passes (93.5 percent accuracy) and completed a dribble.

#1 Ferran Torres

Spain v Costa Rica: Group E - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Spain v Costa Rica: Group E – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Barcelona forward Ferran Torres made his fantastic FIFA World Cup debut, scoring two stunning goals. The striker opened his scoring account from the penalty spot in the first half. Torres mistakenly passed to Navas with a jump at the end of the pass and then calmly finished the left wing of the Costa Rican’s goal.

Torres’ second goal came in the 54th minute. The former Manchester City man showed great alertness as he took advantage of the chaos inside the Costa Rica penalty box and sent the ball past a helpless Navas. Skipping the brace, Torres completed a dribble, winning two land disputes and fouling.

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