Football

Ferran Torres scores twice as rampant Spain thrash Costa Rica

Ferran Torres celebrates after scoring his second goal against Costa Rica

Spain’s World Cup campaign kicked off with a bang as they dispatched Costa Rica 7-0 to make an immediate statement about their credentials going into the tournament.

While the other Group E match saw Japan stun Germany 2-1, Luis Enrique’s side never trailed at Al Thumama Stadium.

The first two goals were scored by Dani Olmo (11) and Marco Asensio (21). The former Manchester City forward Ferran Torres added the third from the penalty spot (31) and the fourth with a low finish shortly after halftime (54).

At 18 years and 110 days old, Barcelona midfielder Gavi was the youngest player to ever suit up for Spain at a World Cup. He became the youngest scorer in the competition since Pele in 1958 when he finished Alvaro Morata’s pass with a sublime volley for Spain’s fifth goal (75).

Spain, looking to repeat their 2010 World Cup victory, had an unprecedented 82% of the possession and scored with both Carlos Soler (90) and Morata (90+2) as second-half substitutes. Costa Rica, meanwhile, could offer nothing in response and failed even to get a shot on goal until stoppage time.