FIFA World Cup 2022 Spain vs Costa Rica Highlights: Spain thrash Costa Rica 7-0, sound warning bells to title rivals
FIFA World Cup 2022 Spain vs Costa Rica Highlights: Spain have made a statement of a start to the tournament, recording their biggest ever World Cup win.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Spain vs Costa Rica Highlights: Spain have been utterly dominant in the first half, having more than 85 percent of the possession for much of it. They took a 3-0 lead in the first 30 minutes with Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio and Ferran Torres finding the back of the net against the rather hapless Costa Rican. Spain will now be looking to continue this domination and avoid being subjected to a shock result like Argentina and Germany were earlier.
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Nov 23, 2022 11:29 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: FULL TIME! Spain 7-0 Costa Rica
A statement start if there ever was one to their campaign from the 2010 champions. They end the match with 72 percent possession which is just ridiculous. Costa Rica were a spent force after they conceded the third goal and so Spain's next match against a wounded and desperate Germany could be the real test. For now, though, Spain can enjoy a fantastic result to start off the tournament.
Nov 23, 2022 11:23 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live: GOAL! Spain 7-0 Croatia (Morata 93')
There are a whopping eight minutes of added time, Costa Rica would be hoping that there were none. Excellently worked goal. Morata receives the ball at the edge of the box, creates space with a one-two with Olmo before firing it past his former Real Madrid team mate Navas.
Nov 23, 2022 11:20 PM IST
Spain vs Costa Rica, FIFA World Cup Live: GOAL! Spain 6-0 Costa Rica (Soler 90')
Spain's biggest ever win in the World Cup. Just to put things in perspective, they scored just eight goals in the 2010 tournament which they had famously won. Navas tries to palm away a cross from Nico Williams, only straight to the boots of Carlos Soler who sweeps into the empty net.
Nov 23, 2022 11:19 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: 85 mins gone, Spain 5-0 Costa Rica
Olmo floats a ball into the Costa Rica box and that is headed off by a Costa Rican defender. Spain have made well over 850 passes now.
Nov 23, 2022 11:06 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live: GOAL! Spain 5-0 Costa Rica (Gavi 75')
Spain's youngest-ever World Cup player has become their youngest ever World Cup goal scorer. Navas dives at Morata's food but the ball spills out and the Spain striker collects it to the left. He then lofts a pass to Gavi who is arriving in the box and the latter lasers in a perfect volley into goal.
Nov 23, 2022 11:05 PM IST
Spain vs Costa Rica, FIFA World Cup Live: 70 mins gone, Spain 4-0 Costa Rica
Athletic Bilbao’s Nico Williams replaces Marco Asensio. The game is fizzling away now, Spain facing almost no challenge at all.
Nov 23, 2022 10:53 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: 60 mins gone, Spain 4-0 Costa Rica
Torres replaced by Alvaro Morata so no hat-trick for him. Asensio is sure to take up Torres's place in the right and Morata will move into the traditional number 9.
Nov 23, 2022 10:44 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live: GOAL! Spain 4-0 Costa Rica (Torres 55')
Torres gets his body in the way, turns around and puts it past Navas. Gavi cuts back to find Torres at the edge of the area. He charges in, loses the ball and the Costa Rican defenders lose it between themselves, allowing Torres to take it back, turn his body around and slot it.
Nov 23, 2022 10:36 PM IST
Spain vs Costa Rica, FIFA World Cup Live: Spain get the second half rolling
Costa Rica make a change, Kendall Waston replaces Carlos Martinez. They are going with five at the back now.
Nov 23, 2022 10:21 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: HALF TIME! Spain 3-0 Costa Rica
Spain have had a total of 73% of the possession. They have 548 completed passes to their name while Costa Rica have had 73. That should tell you enough about how this game has been so far.
Nov 23, 2022 10:20 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live: Almost 4-0!
Busquets gets the ball to Pedri with a smart little back flick and he passes it forward to Asensio inside the box. Asensio goes for it but can't find the target, shooting wide to Navas's right.
Nov 23, 2022 10:17 PM IST
Spain vs Costa Rica, FIFA World Cup Live: Five minutes of added time
Five more minutes for Costa Rica to bear before they can go back to the dressing room and do whatever they can to put this schooling behind. Spain have been brilliant but it has to be said that Costa Rica have hardly been able to provide a good reason for the 2010 champions to panic at any place in the field.
Nov 23, 2022 10:12 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: 40 mins gone, Spain 3-0 Costa Rica
Spain passing around for fun. Just a couple of instances of Costa Rica managing to do something with the ball but Spain snuff out the trouble quickly and pass out from the back to continue the usual run of play. Spain have had a mind-numbing 86 percent of possession thus far.
Nov 23, 2022 10:01 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live: GOAL! Spain 3-0 Costa RIca (Torres 30')
Ferran Torres jogs up to the ball and rolls it past Navas after sending the Costa Rica captain the wrong way. 3-0 inside the first 30 minutes, as dominant as it gets from Spain.
Nov 23, 2022 10:00 PM IST
Spain vs Costa Rica, FIFA World Cup Live: PENALTY FOR SPAIN! Right at the half an hour mark
Duarte brings down Alba and the referee points to the spot. Spain running circles around Costa Rica.
Nov 23, 2022 09:54 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: GOAL! Asensio makes it 2-0 (Asensio 21')
Alba crosses in from the left and Asensio smashes it in to double his team's lead. Navas could have done better there but it is always difficult to muster a save when comes to the end of a cross unchallenged in that fashion.
Nov 23, 2022 09:51 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live: More Spain
Costa Rica managed to win a free kick but it came to nothing. They have had some of the ball since they conceded but nothing truly threatening from them. It's a bit of a walkover at the moment for Spain.
Nov 23, 2022 09:41 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: GOAL! Spain go 1-0 up! (Olmo 11')
Gavi scoops up a pass to Olmo inside the box. Olmo controlls it wonderfully on the turn before putting it past Navas. This has been coming, Costa Rica have been struggling to get out of their own final third, let alone their half.
Nov 23, 2022 09:34 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live: 3 mins gone, Spain 0-0 Costa Rica
Spain with almost all of the possession in these early stages, as one would expect. Gavi has broken the record for youngest Spanish player to play in the World Cup, going past Cesc Fabregas.
Nov 23, 2022 09:30 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live: KICK OFF!
Costa Rica kick off the proceedings here. They are attacking left to right, wearing all whites. Spain are in their famous flaming reds.
Nov 23, 2022 09:24 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: The players walk out!
Busquets leads out Spain and PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas walks out in front for Costa Rica. The national anthems follow suit. Seconds away now.
Nov 23, 2022 09:21 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live: Rodri as centre back
Roderi and Laporte are the centre backs for Spain with Azpilicueta and Alba their full backs. Sergio Busquets has the arm band and Marco Asensio is playing as their false nine.
Nov 23, 2022 09:15 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: Costa Rica squad
Navas; Martinez, Fuller, Duarte, Calvo, Oviedo; Campbell, Borges, Tejeda, Bennette; Contreras.
Substitutes: Alvarado, Chacon, Hernandez, Lopez, Matarrita, Ruiz, Salas, Sequeira, Torres, Vargas, Venegas, Waston, Wilson, Zamora.
Nov 23, 2022 09:15 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live: Spain squad
Simon; Azpilicueta, Rodri, Laporte, Alba; Busquets; Gavi, Pedri; Torres, Asensio, Olmo.
Substitutes: Balde, Carvajal, Fati, Eric Garcia, Guillamon, Koke, Llorente, Morata, Pino, Raya, Sanchez, Sarabia, Soler, Torres, Williams.
Nov 23, 2022 09:09 PM IST
Spain vs Costa Rica, FIFA World Cup Live: Costa Rica in 2014
This is pretty much a group of death with Spain and Germany being the obvious favourites but Japan and Costa Rica are not exactly pushovers. More over, Japan have shown what they can do while Costa Rica have memories of 2014 to lean back on, when they went on and won a group ahead of Italy, Uruguay and England.
Nov 23, 2022 08:55 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: Spain - the best national team?
This isn't the star-studded team that fans have come to be used to seeing but that doesn't mean it is devoid of instantly recognisable names. One of these is Rodri, the Manchester City midfielder, who admitted that while star names may not be in abundance, Spain might just be the best team in the tournament. “When you look at it from the point of view of the players, [there’s] France, England: the market value they have is incredible but honestly at a collective level I think we’re the best national team, and that’s our trump card," he told the Guardian.
Nov 23, 2022 08:46 PM IST
FIFA World Cup 2022 Live: Upsets ahoy!
Well in case you missed the match just before this one, Japan have done a number on four-time champs Germany! The Germans have lost 2-1 and they will next face Spain
Nov 23, 2022 08:40 PM IST
Spain vs Costa Rica, FIFA World Cup Live: Hello and welcome!
First it was Argentina, then it was Germany. Now Spain would be hoping that they don't become another former winner to be stunned by a lesser opposition. Spain are a young side though. Most of the names that became legends in their own rights during Spain's extraordinary run until 2014 have either retired or have been phased out and this is now the third youngest squad to be playing in this World Cup. They can take nothing for granted. Let's sink our teeth into this one.