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Spain Spank Woeful Costa Rica 7-0, Highest Score Line In Qatar

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Spain went top of Group E with a 7-0 demolition of Costa Rica at Al Thumama Stadium; Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio, Ferran Torres (2), Gavi, Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata were on target; Luis Enrique’s side had 82 per cent of the possession!

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Big moments in the game…
• 11 min: Olmo scoops a cool finish over Navas for the opener

• 21 min: Asensio fires home second from Alba’s low centre

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• 31 min: Torres converts penalty after Alba is brought down

• 54 min: Torres capitalises on poor defending to add fourth

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• 74 min: Gavi becomes youngest World Cup scorer since Pele in ’58

• 90 min: Soler grabs sixth after good work from Williams

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• 90+2 min: Morata adds seventh and final goal to complete rout

Spain began their World Cup campaign with a display of total dominance as they thrashed Costa Rica 7-0 to provide an early statement about their tournament credentials.

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Kick-off came only hours after Japan had pulled off a shock 2-1 win over Germany in the other game in Group E, but there was never any possibility of another upset at Al Thumama Stadium, with Luis Enrique’s side in complete control from the outset.

Dani Olmo (11) and Marco Asensio (21) scored their first two goals, with former Manchester City forward Ferran Torres adding the third from the penalty spot, then notching his second of the night with a low finish soon after half-time.

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Barcelona midfielder Gavi, the youngest player to play for Spain at a World Cup at 18 years and 110 days old, then became the youngest scorer in the competition since Pele in 1958 with a sublime volleyed finish from Alvaro Morata’s pass for the fifth goal.

There was still time for substitutes Carlos Soler and Morata (90+2) to get in on the act, with Costa Rica unable to offer anything in response, failing to even muster a shot on goal as Spain, seeking a repeat of their 2010 World Cup triumph, enjoyed a record 82 per cent share of the possession.

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Spain’s dominance was such that they could have already been ahead by the time Olmo scored their 11th-minute opener, the RB Leipzig forward lifting a deft finish over Keylor Navas from Gavi’s pass having earlier flashed a low effort just wide.

Spain started the game without an out-and-out striker but it proved no hindrance as Real Madrid’s Asensio, playing as a false nine, swiftly doubled their lead from Jordi Alba’s low pick-out.

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Costa Rica were left shell-shocked by Spain’s start and the pattern of the game continued to follow the same lines, with Torres scoring from the penalty spot after Oscar Duarte had felled Alba.

The game was effectively over as a contest at that point but Spain’s appetite for goals remained insatiable, with Torres adding the fourth after the break when dismal Costa Rica defending gave him a second chance after his initial shot was blocked.

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The fourth goal signalled the first in a raft of Spain changes, with Torres and the brilliant Pedri substituted with Sunday’s game against Germany in mind, but their dominance continued.

Morata blazed wide having sprung the Costa Rica offside trap but Spain did not have to wait long for their fifth goal, Gavi capping another outstanding individual performance with a wonderful strike, hit with the outside of his boot from the edge of the box and bouncing in off the post.

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That goal came from a Morata cross and the former Chelsea striker eventually got one of his own, playing a clever one-two with Olmo before slotting a left-footed finish past the hapless Navas.

Moments before that goal, Soler, of Paris Saint-Germain, had added the sixth when he pounced on a loose ball after a low cross from fellow substitute Nico Williams was palmed into the danger zone by Navas.

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Spain will of course face far sterner tests than this, starting against Germany on Sunday, but their performance was nonetheless an ominous show of strength at a tournament in which some of the other favourites – Argentina as well as Germany – are already faltering.

Pedri was putting together a strong case but his early withdrawal after Torres scored Spain’s fourth allowed Gavi, his fellow teenager and Barcelona team-mate, to take centre stage.

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The 18-year-old’s goal, brilliantly taken from Morata’s cross, was the highlight of his performance and the moment which created history, making him Spain’s youngest-ever scorer at a World Cup.

But his all-round performance was just as impressive as with Pedri before his substitution, and Costa Rica simply could not get near him as the midfielder showing character and quality far beyond his years on the biggest stage of them all.

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He had 91 touches and finished the game with a pass success rate of 90 per cent. Costa Rica found the only way to stop him was to foul him. In total, he won five free-kicks, four more than any other player in a red shirt.

He might have to get used to that kind of treatment at this World Cup but the good news for Spain is that it had no effect on him. This was an extraordinary performance from a remarkable young player.

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Spain pass 100 World Cup goals – Opta stats

• This is Spain’s biggest win in the World Cup, and the biggest in the competition since Portugal beat North Korea by the same scoreline in 2010.

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• This is Costa Rica’s biggest defeat in the World Cup, with them conceding as many goals tonight as they did in their previous eight games in the competition.

• Spain scored three goals in the first half of a World Cup match for only the second time in their history, also doing so against Brazil in 1934.

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• Ferran Torres is the third Spanish player to score a brace on their World Cup debut after David Villa vs Ukraine in 2006 and Jose Iraragorri Ealo vs Brazil in 1934.

• Marco Asensio became the 50th different player to score a goal for Spain at the World Cup. Asensio netted only his second goal for Spain in what was his 32nd cap and ended a run of 14 without a goal.

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• Dani Olmo netted Spain’s 100th goal at the World Cup, becoming the sixth nation to reach 100 goals in the competition’s history after Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and Italy.

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Qatar: WC Lights Up To Show Solidarity For Ailing Pele

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World Cup host nation Qatar showed its support for Pele on Saturday, lighting up buildings with a “Get well soon” message for the Brazil football great.

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The Lusail Stadium in Doha, which will host the World Cup final on December 18, and the Aspire Tower next to the Khalifa Stadium, were adorned with pictures of Pele in his famous number 10 shirt.

On the Corniche, the Qatari capital’s seafront promenade, the dozens of drones that come alive each night drew a Brazil shirt with Pele’s name and number 10 on the back.

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Pele was admitted to hospital in Sao Paulo earlier this week for what doctors said was a “re-evaluation” of the chemotherapy he has been undergoing since surgery to remove a colon tumour in September last year.
Players in Qatar have expressed concerns for the health of the three-time World Cup winner, who is now 82.

France striker Kylian Mbappe on Saturday tweeted: “Pray for the King.”

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England captain Harry Kane offered his support for Pele at a press conference ahead of his team’s last-16 tie against Senegal.

“We send our best wishes to him and obviously all his family as well,” said Kane. “He is an inspiration amongst our game and an incredible footballer and incredible person. We wish him well.”

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Doctors treating Pele said Friday that he was being treated with antibiotics.

Pele has taken to Instagram to thank well-wishers for their show of support.

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“It’s always nice to receive positive messages like this. Thanks to Qatar for this tribute, and to everyone who sends me good vibes!”

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Oliseh praises Morocco, Senegal historic World Cup feat

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Former Super Eagles coach and a member of the FIFA Technical Study Group for the 2022 World Cup, Sunday Oliseh, has hailed Senegal and Morocco for reaching the knockout stage of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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Morocco edged past Canada to top Group F and reach the World Cup knockout stage for the first time in 36 years.

Morocco finished on seven points, two more than runners-up Croatia, to advance from the group stage of the tournament to the next for a second time, 36 years after they became the first African country to do so at the Mexico World Cup in 1986.

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The Atlas Lions, whose previous trip to the last 16 came in 1986, finished above 2018 finalists Croatia, while Belgium – ranked second in the world – are out after finishing third in the group.

Oliseh was impressed with the performance of the two African sides at the World Cup.

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“The Euphoria here in Qatar is infectious as my in-laws, Morocco, achieve a historic second round World cup qualification. First, Senegal now this. What a World Cup for Africa with African coaches! I feel more is coming.” Oliseh said on Twitter.

He also applauded Mohammed Kudus for his creative display in Ghana’s 2-0 defeat to Uruguay, adding that the future of the Black Stars is bright.

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“Just watched Mohammed Kudus, a superstar on which Ghana can rebuild a top Black Stars team. A skilful, fast creative, humble, strong, sharp, shooter, hardworking with leadership “on pitch” qualities.

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Dede Ayew trends after missing penalty against Uruguay

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Black Stars captain, Andre Dede Ayew is in the top trends after missing a penalty in Ghana’s game against Uruguay at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

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Ghana started the game very slow but managed to get one chance in the game which saw Jordan Ayew shoot the ball and Mohammed Kudus followed with a rebound and won a penalty for Ghana by the 19th minute.

Referee Daniel Siebert whistled for an offside but after consultation with the Video Assistant Referee, he awarded a penalty to Ghana.

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Captain of the side, Andre Ayew volunteered himself to take the kick for the Black Stars.

Unfortunately, Andre Ayew had his penalty saved by the Uruguay goalkeeper who went in the right direction to deny Ghana a goal.

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Following the miss by Andre Ayew, the Black Stars captain has been trending on social media ever since.

Read some of the comments on social media below

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— Weffrey Jellington (@jeffwellz) December 2, 2022

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— Serwaa Amihere (@Serwaa_Amihere) December 2, 2022

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