The young Spanish national team defeated Costa Rica 7-0 at the World Cup – KGET 17

DOHA, Qatar (AP) – Spain’s young national team got off to a high-scoring start to the World Cup, beating Costa Rica 7-0 on Wednesday.

Not long after Japan stunned Germany 2-1 in the other Group E match, Spain avoided any chance of misfortune with Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio and Ferran Torres each scoring in the opening 31 minutes. Torres, Gavi, Carlos Soler and Álvaro Morata took the lead in the second half.

Olm’s goal was the 100th at the World Cup for Spain, who became the sixth nation to score more than 100 goals at the tournament.

It was the first time Spain had scored seven goals in a World Cup game.

With 18-year-old Gavi and 19-year-old Pedri starting, Spain became the first European nation to have two teenagers in the starting lineup for a World Cup match in 60 years, according to statistics platform Opta.

Gavi then became the youngest goalscorer at the World Cup since Pele in the 1958 final, also according to Opta.

Gavi and Pedri were among a number of youngsters selected by Spain coach Luis Enrique in a revamped squad in Qatar – the third youngest of the 32 nations, behind the United States and Ghana.

The young duo helped Spain control the pace of the game from the start at the Al Thumama Stadium.

Costa Rica looked overwhelmed from the start in their third consecutive World Cup campaign. He came to Qatar hoping to repeat his surprise run to the quarter-finals in 2014 in Brazil and avoid a repeat of four years ago in Russia, when he was eliminated in the group stage after failing to win a single match.

Spain, which did not make it past the round of 16 in Russia, is trying to break through with a major title after reaching the final of the League of Nations and the semi-final of last year’s European Championship. This year the team also qualified for the Nations League Final Four for the second time in a row. Spain’s last major triumph was at Euro 2012, two years after they won their only World Cup title in South Africa.

Only five countries have scored more goals than Spain at the World Cup – Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Italy and France.


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