Costa Rica have been labelled the ‘worst team’ of this World Cup, with Spain giving them a 7-0 hiding in their Group E clash.
La Roja found themselves 3-0 up at half time thanks to strikes from Dani Olmo and Marco Asensio as well as Ferran Torres’ penalty.
Spain didn’t let up after the break with Torres getting his second of the match on 54 minutes, while an expert volley from Gavi, and finishes from Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata completed the mauling of Costa Rica.
From a Spanish perspective it’s a perfect start to their campaign, the opening match seeing them net seven times from just eight shots on target.
Their display may spark memories of Spain’s 2010 World Cup campaign which saw them outclass the world with their stunning Tiki Taka system.
However, talkSPORT’s Stuart Pearce is very much of the view that Spain’s opponents didn’t half made it easy for them.
“Spain’s play is okay. It’s not bad but it’s not scintillating. But Costa Rica are giving them too much space,” Pearce said on commentary for talkSPORT shortly before Olmo’s opener.
And after Asensio put Spain 2-0 up inside 21 minutes, Pearce said: “I don’t think Spain can believe their luck, they’re having so much room… the cross is a doddle for Jordi Alba and Asensio makes that finish look so easy.”
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Pearce added: “Costa Rica have been the worst team I’ve seen at this World Cup.”
When asked by Nigel Adderley if Costa Rica were worse than host nation Qatar, Pearce responded: “They’re certainly down there.”
But former England defender Pearce doesn’t believe this thumping win isn’t necessarily a sign of things to come for Luis Enrique’s side.
Pearce said at the end of the first half: “I’m going to make a statement here. Spain are 3-0 up, Spain have played reasonably well, but they won’t get beyond the semi-final. I’m not sure they’ll even get to the semi-finals.”
Orchestrating the play was veteran midfielder Sergio Busquets, who at 34 years old could well be playing in his final World Cup.
Pearce then quipped: “If World Cup games are like this then he’ll feel he has another three World Cups in him!”
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