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Costa Wrecker! Spain inflict great pains and wreck Costa Rica



Al Thumama Stadium, Qatar

Expectedly, Spain took a commanding lead of Group E, beating Costa Rica 7-0 in a one-sided game at the Al Thumama Stadium,

Wednesday night.

It is the widest margin so far in the series and remains a record scoreline downing the Germany’s 7-1 defeat of Brazil eight years ago and second only to the 9-0 defeat of the then Zaire (Congo DR) by the then Yugoslavia now Serbia and Montenegro.

At half time they were already three goals up in a game that scoring occurred almost at regular interval of 11, 21 and 31st minute.

And so under 31 minutes, the favourites were already three goals up. The game was barely 10 minutes old when Dani Olmo found the net for Spain.

Ten minutes later, they were two goals up through Marco Asenso who  scored with the left foot.


By then,  Spanish armada were already on course for a predictable easy win.

 Torres made it 3-0 from the  penalty spot in the 31st.. They began the second half almost in a similar fashion. In the 54th minute, Ferran Torres found the net with the left foot to take the tally to four.

There and then, they reduced the game almost to a walking pace. In the 75th minute, Gavi volleyed home to make it 5-0 for Spain.

On the dot of regulation time, it was 6-0 as Carlos Soler pounced on a loose ball to put the ball to the right of the goalkeeper.

By then, eight additional minutes had been announce. In the third minute of the added time, Morata in shirt number 7 scored the seventh goal.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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