Spain vs Costa Rica FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Live Updates : Spain hope to avoid upset as they take on Costa Rica.
Marco Asensio leads the Spanish forward line in Wednesday’s opener against Costa Rica, with manager Luis Enrique fielding Rodri Hernandez, normally a Manchester City midfielder. defense center Asensio has struggled for playing time at Real Madrid due to injuries and intense competition, but he leads Spain’s attack with Alvaro Morata on the bench. In addition to Rodri in central defense, Luis Enrique chose Chelsea’s right back Cesar Azpilicueta, testing the 33-year-old against Costa Rica’s counterattacks.
In the final match, last-15-minute goals from substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano gave Japan a 2-1 thrashing of four-time champions Germany in their World Cup Group E opener on Wednesday. The Germans dominated the contest at the Khalifa International Stadium and took the lead after Ilkay Guendogan’s 33rd-minute penalty when Japanese goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda fouled winger David Raum.
There was no second goal, however, and Japan’s forays into the German half became more and more frequent, culminating in Doan’s equalizer and Asano’s superb finish eight minutes later. Morocco were held to a 0-0 draw by 2018 runners-up Croatia in the early kick-off.
Spain vs Costa Rica FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Live Updates.
Spain: Unai Simon, Cesar Azpilicueta, Aymeric Laporte, Rodri Hernandez, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Gavi, Pedri Gonzalez, Ferran Torres, Marco Asensio, Dani Olmo
Costa Rica: Keylor Navas, Bryan Oviedo, Francisco Calvo, Oscar Duarte, Keysher Fuller, Jewison Bennette, Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Carlos Martinez, Joel Campbell, Anthony Contreras
Spain Take a Lead With Olmo
GOAL!! Spain 2-0 Costa Rica
Stroked in by Asensio!!
In an alarmingly crowded tournament, Spain showed absolute dominance by beating Costa Rica 7-0 in their opening game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. They scored 3 goals in the first half and goals in the second half. Their game was perfect and they outplayed Costa Rica in every aspect.
Spain absolutely dominated Costa Rica in the first half of the game. The first goal of the match was scored by Dani Olmo in the 11th minute. It was also Spain’s 100th World Cup goal. Marco Asensio took a 2-0 lead after the second strike in the 21st minute. Things went wrong for Costa Rica when Spain were awarded a penalty in the 31st minute and Ferran Torres converted.
Spain leaving was the real difference. Their 85% possession in the first half shows that they did what they wanted on the pitch and didn’t give Costa Rica many chances as they had 0 shots in the first half.
The second half was no different for the Spanish as they scored their fourth goal in the first 9 minutes of the second half. That was not the end however, they continued to increase the pressure on Costa Rica. Gavi scored the fifth goal of the match, becoming the youngest goalscorer at the FIFA World Cup since Pele in 1958. Gavi is 18 years and 110 days and Pele is 17 years and 249 days.
Spain scored two more goals as Soler scored in the 90th minute and Morato scored his first goal of the game in stoppage time. Costa Rica didn’t even have a shot after the full-time whistle.