Spain took care of business and then someone who 2022 FIFA World Cup continued Wednesday on FOX, throttling Costa Rica 7-0 in a dominant performance with goals from six different players. The brilliant performance set a new record for goals scored by Spain in a single World Cup match.
Former underdog Morocco battled to second place in 2018 Croatia to a scoreless draw, and Japan stunned Germany with two late goals for a 2-1 victory.
You can watch this game and every game in the tournament on the FOX Sports family of networks – the tournament’s official English-language broadcast partner in the United States – and the FOX Sports app and FOXSports.com. You can also stream replays of the entire match for free on Tubi.
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Spain vs Costa Rica
Enrique believes in his squad
Since winning it all in 2010, Spain have had mixed results in recent World Cups. In 2018, Spain were upset by host country Russia in the round of 16, and in 2014 they did not progress past the group stage. This year’s squad is filled with young talent, with a total of nine players from powerhouses FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. Manager Luis Enrique, a former Spain international himself, believes his squad has what it takes to return Spain to the World Cup.
Costa Rica sings loud and proud
Costa Rica is in its third consecutive World Cup and even reached the quarter-finals in 2014. However, the players have still soaked up the moment and showed their country’s pride during the national anthem.
5′ – Missed chance for Spain
Dani Olmo had a clean look at goal after a brilliant pass, but his shot went wide in a huge missed chance for Spain to take an early lead.
11′: Dani doesn’t miss this time!
Some fancy footwork from Olmo in the box brought Navas out of the net and Olmo slotted the ball past the Costa Rica keeper for a lovely goal that put Spain 1-0 up.
Spain’s Dani Olmo scores a goal against Costa Rica in the 11′
Olmo’s goal was also historic Goal number 100 by Spain in FIFA World Cup history.
21′: Asencio’s attack makes it 2-0
Marco Asensio’s laser from a great cross from Jordi Alba found the back of the net and added another goal for Spain.
Spain’s Marco Asensio scores a goal against Costa Rica in the 21st minute
31′: Spain ROLLS
Ferran Torres’ penalty gave Spain a 3-0 lead as the Spaniards quickly turned the game into a field.
Spain’s Ferran Torres scores a goal against Costa Rica in the 31st minute
54′: The strike is ON
Torres’ touch and a great left-footed ball gave the Spanish striker his second goal of the day and it was quickly getting late for Costa Rica.
Spain’s Ferran Torres scores a goal against Costa Rica in the 54′
75′: Gavi joins the party!
FC Barcelona phenom Gavi hit the pitch with his first World Cup goal for Spain, making the 18-year-old the youngest Spaniard ever to score at this stage and the third-youngest World Cup goalscorer of all time. It is Gavi’s third international goal in just 14 games for Spain.
Spain’s Gavi makes history with his goal against Costa Rica in the 74th minute
90′: Spain sets the record!
Carlos Soler’s strike in the 90th minute equaled the record for most goals by Spain in a World Cup match.
Spain’s Carlos Soler takes the six against Costa Rica in 90′
93′: Spain USES the record
That went fast! Alvaro Morata’s goal just three minutes later gave Spain a new high mark for most goals scored in a World Cup match in the history of the Spanish men’s national team.
Spain’s Alvaro Morata scores goal No. 7 against Costa Rica at 90+2′
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