Goals from Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio and Ferran Torres have given Spain a comfortable lead in their Group E opener against Costa Rica, as Luis Enrique's side look to send out a message to the sides tipped to win the 2022 World Cup.
La Roja have made the trip to Qatar in fine form, having lost only once in their last 10 games — a run that has also seen them progress to the final of the UEFA Nations League.
Under Enrique — who is back in charge after some time away from the national team following the tragic death of his young daughter — the 2010 winners have re-established themselves as a real force, led by exciting young talents like Ferran Torres and Pedri.
On paper, they have more than enough to go deep into the knockout stages of the tournament, but in the so-called "Group of Death" with Germany and Japan, alongside today's opponents Costa Rica, they cannot afford any slip-ups.
Los Ticos know a thing or two about upsetting the established order, having topped a World Cup group in 2014 that included Uruguay, England and Italy.
Can they repeat history and produce a shock?
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Dani Olmo (11), Marco Asensio (21), Ferran Torres (30, 54), Gavi (75), Carlos Soler (90), Alvaro Morata (90+2)
Spain (4-3-3, right to left): 23. Simon (GK) — 2. Azpilicueta, 16. Rodri, 24. Laporte, 18. Alba — 9. Gavi, 5. Busquets, 26. Pedri — 11. F. Torres, 10. Asensio, 21. Olmo.
Costa Rica (5-4-1, right to left): 1. Navas (GK) — 16. Martinez, 15. Calvo, 6. Duarte, 4. Fuller, 8. Oviedo — 12. Campbell, 5. Borges, 17. Tejeda, 9. Bennette — 7. Contreras.
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90th min+2: AND THERE'S NUMBER SEVEN! Alvaro Morata links up with Dani Olmo on the edge of the Costa Rica box and then slides a low, left-footed shot into the corner of the net beyond hapless Los Ticos goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
It's seven and it's heaven for Luis Enrique's men! 🔥 🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/R6VfIwls3o — 90min (@90min_Football) November 23, 2022
90th min: SPAIN HAVE GOT SIX! Carlos Soler side-footing into the net after Keylor Navas could only parry Nico Williams' cross to the feet of the Paris Saint-Germain player. And now we've got eight minutes of stoppage time – can Spain get seven?
89th min: Are we in for another heap of stoppage time? This really hasn't been a game of many pauses, and putting Costa Rica through much more seems cruel. Let's see what the board says...
85th min: Gavi is the youngest ever player to score for Spain at a World Cup, at just 18 years of age. He has been superb today.
75th min: WHAT. A. GOOOOOAAALLLLL! Gavi with an absolute pearler, meeting Alvaro Morata's cross with a sensational volley with the outside of his right boot, sending the ball in off the post to make it 5-0 to Spain.
Watch Gavi's goal here if you are in the US:
GAVI'S FIRST FIFA WORLD CUP GOAL
He becomes the youngest player to ever score for Spain at a FIFA World Cup 🔥🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/ErWFoxArdn — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 23, 2022
68th min: It's hard not to feel a little sorry for Costa Rica here. They've never stopped running and chasing the ball, but Spain's quality has made it impossible for them to do much more than that. Next up for them in Group E is Japan, who beat Germany earlier today.
63rd min: After Alvaro Morata sends a shot into the side netting, Spain bring on Alejandro Balde and Carlos Soler for Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba. Some legs being spared ahead of Spain's clash with Germany on Sunday.
60th min: Just when Costa Rica must have thought it couldn't get any harder for them, Spain's natural number nine Alvaro Morata has replaced Ferran Torres. Don't bet against more goals here.
54th min: IT'S TWO FOR TORRES! And it's 4-0 to Spain after the former Manchester City man turned Bryan Oviedo and Keylor Navas in the same movement before slotting the ball low into the gaping Costa Rica net. He made that look easy.
Watch Torres' second here if you're in the US:
That makes ✌️ for Ferran Torres
The goals just keep coming for Spain 💪 pic.twitter.com/Ah5KHkIoD0 — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 23, 2022
48th min: No let up from Spain here, as Marco Asensio drives a rising shot over the bar from just outside the box. Luis Enrique wants to enlarge La Roja's lead rather than sit on it, it seems.
46th min: Costa Rica have made a substitution to try and shore up their defence as the second half gets underway, Kendall Waston replacing Carlos Martinez at the back for Los Ticos.
HALF-TIME: Spain 3-0 Costa Rica
Spain have produced the most dominant first half of football so far at this World Cup and, after racing into a 3-0 lead within half an hour, have been able to slow the game to a relaxed pace while still starving Costa Rica of possession.
Dani Olmo's smart turn and finish got the goalscoring underway, before Marco Asensio's side-footed finish doubled La Roja's lead, and Costa Rica barely had a spell on the ball before Ferran Torres rolled in a penalty after Jordi Alba was brought down in the box.
Will Spain look to shut up shop and sit on this lead or go for more? Either way, they're playing some delightful football.
#ESP 85% possession in the first half
Possession is overrated
45th min+2: We've got five minutes of stoppage time here, although for what it's not quite clear. A short extension of play by this World Cup's standards, mind.
38th min: Costa Rica had a rare spell of possession in Spain's half, but for all Jewison Bennette's endeavour there is no way through the mass of red shirts, and now we're back to watching Sergio Busquets spray passes around for fun. It's exhibition stuff from Spain, for the most part.
30th min: FERRAN TORRES MAKES IT 3-0 FROM THE PENALTY SPOT! The Barcelona man rolls the ball into the bottom left corner of the net after Jordi Alba was brought down in the box by Oscar Duarte. Is there any way back into this match for Costa Rica? It looks unlikely at this point.
Watch the penalty incident and the spot kick here if you're in the UK:
Ferran Torres gets his name on the scoresheet from the penalty spot! 🇪🇸
What did you make of the decision...? 🤔#ITVFootball | #FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/EIjjlBDDDm — ITV Football (@itvfootball) November 23, 2022
27th min: Whether it's Gavi, Pedri, Jordi Alba or Ferran Torres on the ball, Costa Rica look unable to cope with the array of talent in this Spain team. The skills on display are wowing the crowd here, and Joel Campbell up front for Los Ticos has barely had a sniff of the ball.
21st min: IT'S 2-0 TO SPAIN! Marco Asensio with a delightful first-time, side-footed finish beyond Keylor Navas after Jordi Alba played him in. This could turn into a romp if Costa Rica don't tighten up at the back.
Watch Asensio's strike here if you're in the UK:
He's been given the responsibility as striker by Luis Enrique... and it's paid off! 🇪🇸
What a goal, @marcoasensio10!! 🔥#ITVFootball | #FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/ksMPG65awu — ITV Football (@itvfootball) November 23, 2022
18th min: While Saudi Arabia and Japan have pulled off shock victories over Argentina and Germany, respectively, in the first round of games at this World Cup, this is looking like a mammoth task for Costa Rica. Even when they do pick up the ball in Spain's half, they are being given precious little space in which to use it.
11th min: GOOOOAAAALLLL DANI OLMO! Spain make the breakthrough after a period of sustained pressure, Dani Olmo latching onto Gavi's chipped pass and turning on the edge of the six-yard box before flicking the ball past Keylor Navas and into the net. Spain have a deserved 1-0 lead.
Watch Dani Olmo's goal here if you are in the US:
WHAT A GOAL DANI OLMO 😳🔥
Spain takes the lead! pic.twitter.com/T0RGuVFh7n — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 23, 2022
9th min: CHANCE! Pedri again Spain's playmaker, squaring the ball to Marco Asensio on the edge of the box but the Real Madrid man sliced his shot, sending it spinning wide to the relief of Costa Rica goalkeeper, Keylor Navas.
5th min: Pedri plays a wonderful weighted pass to the far side of the Costa Rica penalty area where Dani Olmo connects with it, but the Leipzig winger pokes it just wide of the target.
2nd min: We're underway and Spain, all in red, are knocking the ball around confidently in the early exchanges. La Roja will be hoping to dominate possession throughout their 2022 World Cup opener, having failed to win any of their last three opening matches at the finals.
5 mins from kickoff: The players are out on the pitch and the anthems are ringing around the Al Thumama Stadium. The Costa Rica players are in good voice – plenty of closed eyes and passionate, if slightly tuneless singing. You love to hear it.
Watch the Costa Rica anthem being sung here if you're in the US:
Costa Rica poured their hearts into singing their national anthem ❤️#FIFAWorldCup
🎥: @FOXSoccer pic.twitter.com/6aBz1zZArW — 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐍𝐞𝐰𝐬 (@sportingnews) November 23, 2022
10 mins from kickoff: In a tournament already full of upsets, Spain will be wary of a Costa Rica side that has lost just one of its last 13 international matches – Los Ticos winning 10 and drawing two in that period.
15 mins from kickoff: Spain are hoping their new generation of talent can inspire them to better fortunes at the World Cup after winning just two of their last seven matches at the finals.
2 - With Gavi and Pedri both starting, Spain are the first European side to name two teenagers in their starting XI for a World Cup match since Bulgaria against England in 1962 (Jechev and Sokolov). Undaunted. pic.twitter.com/KTcizPHfv3 — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 23, 2022
1 hr from kickoff: TEAM NEWS IS IN!!!
Costa Rica have gone with a solid 4-5-1 system in their 2022 World Cup opener with Anthony Contreras leading the line for Los Ticos.
1hr 30mins from kickoff: Spain begin their 2022 World Cup campaign in just over an hour at the Al Thumama Stadium.
La Roja icon Andres Iniesta was the hero back in 2010 - who will be the 2022 version for Luis Enrique?
The most iconic winning goal ever? ✨ 🇪🇸 #OnThisDay in 2010, Andres Iniesta produced some late magic as Spain won their first #FIFAWorldCup! 🏆 🤩 @andresiniesta8 | @SEFutbol pic.twitter.com/B78JQy2lqd — FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 11, 2022
Luis Enrique has gone for Barcelona trio Sergio Busquets, Pedri and Gavi in midfield with Manchester City duo Rodri and Aymeric Laporte in defence.
🚨 OFICIAL | ¡¡ASÍ DEBUTAMOS ANTE COSTA RICA!!
👥 Esta es la alineación de @LUISENRIQUE21 para el estreno de la @SEFutbol en el 𝐌𝐔𝐍𝐃𝐈𝐀𝐋.
💪🏼 ¡¡VAAAAAAAAMOOOOOSSSS ESPAAAÑAAAAA!!#VamosEspaña | #Catar2022 | #ESP pic.twitter.com/V18FmUupfD — Selección Española de Fútbol (@SEFutbol) November 23, 2022
2hrs from kickoff: Luis Enrique still has a soft spot for Lionel Messi
Argentina's start to the 2022 World Cup was a disaster yesterday as La Albiceleste slipped to a 2-1 Group C opening defeat to Saudi Arabia.
Lionel Messi was unable to inspire his side on a disappointing afternoon for one of the tournament favourites.
However, Enrique admitted he would love nothing more than to see Messi lift the trophy, if Spain miss out.
"If we’re not going to win it, I want Argentina to win ", stated the former Barcelona boss.
"A world-class player like Messi has to retire with a World Cup, in what would be his last World Cup."
2hrs 30mins from kickoff: Enrique is ready for KICK OFF!!
3hrs from kickoff: All eyes on the Al Thumama Stadium as Spain start their 2022 World Cup campaign - but can Luis Enrique's side revive the glory days of 2010 in Qatar?
🇪🇸 Spain were World Cup winners in 2010 and are chasing a second success.
Can La Furia Roja catch fire in 2022? pic.twitter.com/e0BGSteqY9 — UEFA (@UEFA) November 23, 2022
3 hrs 30 from kickoff: As for Costa Rica boss Luis Fernando Suarez, he insists his side have been in "World Cup mode for a long time" as he paid compliments to his counterpart Enrique.
"He is a great coach, a person of great capacity," Suarez said.
"The most important thing is that, despite everything that happens, Spain will always play the same way and they will always do it well.
"We've been in World Cup mode for a long time.The difference now that we are here [in Qatar] is that we are preparing in a more concrete way and we're going to continue like this. The group is feeling pretty good and is willing to give everything."
4 hrs from kickoff: One of the big talking points in the build up to today's game has seen Luis Enrique come under fire for his decision to send home Valencia's Jose Gaya last week.
Gaya was cut from the Spain selection after suffering an ankle injury in training and replaced with Barcelona's Alejandro Balde. However, Spanish media and Valencia claim Gaya's injury isn't serious and he could have stayed.
"With regard to Gaya, it happens everywhere," Luis Enrique told reporters. "I have to make decisions. If I followed my heart based on his professionalism, he'd be here, but I can't make decisions based on my heart. I have to use mind.
"In three games he'd not have been able to play 100 per cent. I have to make the best decision for the whole team and the whole country. Imagine if I'd listened to Valencia or what Gaya wanted, which was normal, and then imagine if [Jordi] Alba is injured.
"We'd start the World Cup with no left-back, then imagine what you'd say about me. You'd ask why we risked the situation. My mind said I should make the best decision for the team, and there's no doubt the best is to have two fully fit full-backs for the World Cup."
4 hrs 30 from kickoff: Hello, and welcome to The Sporting News' live coverage of the Group E clash between Spain and Costa Rica. All eyes will be on whether Los Ticos can cause an upset against the 2010 winners after Saudi Arabia set the tone against Argentina yesterday. This promises to be a great game!
Spain will be without dependable left-back Jose Gaya who damaged his ankle and so will miss the World Cup. Mikel Oyarzabal is also absent in Qatar after he suffered an ACL tear in March.
Spain confirmed line up (4-3-3, right to left): 23. Simon (GK) — 2. Azpilicueta, 16. Rodri, 24. Laporte, 18. Alba — 9. Gavi, 5. Busquets, 26. Pedri — 11. F. Torres, 10. Asensio, 21. Olmo.
Keylor Navas passed a late fitness test for Costa Rica after picking up a back injury earlier this month.
Costa Rica confirmed line up (5-4-1, right to left): 1. Navas (GK) — 16. Martinez, 15. Calvo, 6. Duarte, 4. Fuller, 8. Oviedo — 12. Campbell, 5. Borges, 17. Tejeda, 9. Bennette — 7. Contreras.
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