Spain took care of business and then some as the 2022 FIFA World Cup continued Wednesday on FOX, throttling Costa Rica 7-0 in a dominant showing with goals from six different players. The brilliant performance set a new record for goals by Spain in a single World Cup game.
Earlier, underdog Morocco battled 2018 runner-up 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 match of the tournament on the FOX Sports family of networks — the tournament’s official English-language broadcast partner in the U.S. — and the FOX Sports app and FOXSports.com. You can also stream full-match replays for free on Tubi.
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Here are the top highlights from a masterclass by Spain!
Enrique believes in his squad
Since winning it all in 2010, Spain has had mixed results in recent World Cups. In 2018, Spain was upset by host country Russia in the Round of 16, and in 2014, they did not advance past the group stage. This year’s squad is filled with young talent, with a total of nine players combined coming from powerhouse clubs FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. Manager Luis Enrique, a former Spanish national team player himself, thinks his roster has what it takes to return Spain to World Cup glory.
Costa Rica sings loud and proud
Costa Rica is in its third consecutive World Cup and even made the quarterfinals in 2014. However, its players still soaked in the moment and showed their country pride during their national anthem.
5′ – Missed opportunity for Spain
Dani Olmo had a clean look at the goal after a brilliant pass, but his shot went off-target in a big 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 skipped the ball past the Costa Rica keeper for a goregous goal to put Spain up 1-0.
Olmo’s goal was also historic as the 100th goal by Spain in FIFA World Cup history.
21′: Asencio’s strike makes it 2-0
Marco Asensio‘s laser off a great cross from Jordi Alba found the back of the net and added another goal for Spain.
31′: Spain is ROLLING
Ferran Torres‘ penalty kick gave Spain a 3-0 lead, as the Spaniards quickly turned the contest into a rout.
54′: The beat down is ON
Torres’ touch and a great ball off his left foot gave the Spanish forward his second goal of the day, and it’s quickly getting late early for Costa Rica.
75′: Gavi joins the party!
FC Barcelona phenom Gavi got in on the action with his first World Cup goal for Spain, making the 18-year-old the youngest Spaniard to ever score on this stage and third-youngest World Cup goalscorer of all time. It’s Gavi’s third international goal in just 14 games for Spain.
90′: Spain ties the record!
Carlos Soler‘s strike in the 90th minute tied the record for most goals by Spain in a World Cup game.
92′: Spain BREAKS the record
That was quick! Alvaro Morata‘s goal just three minutes later gave Spain a new high mark for most goals scored in a World Cup game in Spanish men’s national team history.
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