Even considering the weaknesses of the opponent, Spain’s victory with 1000 passes was a football spectacular display.
In the second most anticipated opening of the day on Wednesday, Spain took the field against Costa Rica with high expectations after a rising performance in the UEFA Nations League ahead of the World Cup.
The debut line-up featured Rodri and Laporte positioned as defenders. Azpilicueta won Carvajal’s seat. Morata started on the bench. In the attack, Dani Olmo, Asensio and Ferrán Torres were chosen.
On the other side, Costa Rica entered the field in the 4-4-2 with right-backs Fuller and C.Martínez positioned to try to annul Alba. The quick Joel Campbell, Bennette and Contreras were the bets on the counterattack.
The first minutes fulfilled expectations regarding strategies as Spain completely dominated possession, facing a line of five Costa Rican players, who scored from a low block.
However, the first 15 minutes had already shown that Spain would have a historic performance, through excellent offensive volume. Dani Olmo opened the scoring in the 11th minute. Ten minutes later, Marco Asensio doubled up. At 31 minutes, Ferran Torres converted the penalty and sent the victory.
The first half ended with more than 500 passes exchanged for Spain and 95% success, in the most spectacular performance in a period of World Cup matches in recent years.
The spectacular display continued into the second half. Ferran Torres, Gavi, Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata scored in a 7-0 victory over Costa Rica. This was the biggest victory in Spain’s history in a World Cup (considering the advantage on the scoreboard).
All players deserve special attention, but young Pedri was certainly the great player of the match. From the first minute, the 19-year-old proved why he can consider one of the most creative players in world football today among midfielders.
Completely annulling the opposing team, Pedri hit 69 of 72 passes during the first half. Despite not being directly involved in the goals, the youngster’s participation in the construction of Spain in this debut was spectacular.
This spectacular victory confirms Spain as a real candidate to win the World Cup. Not just for the built scoreboard, but for the naturalness, fluidity and quality in the execution of its ideals within a football match.
More important than the score, and regardless of the final result in this World Cup, the rout against Costa Rica shows that Spain is officially back in the top elite in international football.
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