Spain vs Costa Rica Live Score, FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar: Spain put seven past Costa Rica

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedNov 23, 2022 23:36 IST

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23:36 (IST)23 NOV 2022

That's it for this one. Belgium v Canada starts in under an hour. Hop tabs to catch that one. For now bye from here.

23:35 (IST)23 NOV 2022

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23:33 (IST)23 NOV 2022

Here's a stat: Seven shots on target and seven goals for Spain! Perfect!

23:32 (IST)23 NOV 2022

STAT courtesy of the BBC: Spain have scored seven goals in a World Cup match for the first time, with this set to be their biggest ever victory in the competition.

23:29 (IST)23 NOV 2022

FULL-TIME! Spain 7 Costa Rica 0. Spain with a statement win as they ran riot putting 7 past Costa Rica. Costa Rica were no match to Spain's class and skill on show tonight. What a start for Luis Enrique's men.

23:25 (IST)23 NOV 2022

GOAL! Alvaro Morata in the 93rd minute! Spain 7 Costa Rica 0. It's a clever one-two between Morata and Dani Olmo, and the former spins and side-foots a left-footed shot past the dive of Navas. Clinical finish. And Spain have seven.

23:21 (IST)23 NOV 2022

GOAL! Carlos Soler in the 90th minute! Spain 6 Costa Rica 0. Neco Williams the substitute to another substitute Carlos Soler and it's a goal. The cross is pushed into his path by Navas and Soler makes no mistake from close range.

23:15 (IST)23 NOV 2022

STAT courtesy The Guardian: At the start of the game, Gavi became Spain’s youngest player at a World Cup, and now he’s their youngest goalscorer.

23:06 (IST)23 NOV 2022

GOAL! Gavi in the 75th minute! Spain 5 Costa Rica 0. Spain now showing off. The 18-year-old Barcelona youngster Gavi with a sublime first-time volley from the outside of his right-foot and it goes in off the post. That is so difficult to execute but Gavi made it look so simple. Spain with a five-star performance.

22:59 (IST)23 NOV 2022

Double change for Costa Rica - Alvaro Zamora and Bryan Ruiz come on for Anthony Contreras and Jewison Bennette.

22:58 (IST)23 NOV 2022

Spain make a change - Alejandro Balde, an international debut for the 19-year-old defender from Barcelona, and off goes Jordi Alba.

22:53 (IST)23 NOV 2022

STAT courtesy of the BBC: Ferran Torres is the third player to score twice on his World Cup debut for Spain, after David Villa v Ukraine in 2006 and Jose Iraragorri Ealo v Brazil in 1934.

22:51 (IST)23 NOV 2022

No hat-trick for Ferran Torres; he’s replaced by Alvaro Morata.

22:47 (IST)23 NOV 2022

GOAL! Ferran Torres in the 54th minute! Spain 4 Costa Rica 0. Gavi finds Torres who loses the ball but it rebounds to him and he on the turn shoots past Navas. The defender should've done better there. Spain cruising if they were not already.

22:40 (IST)23 NOV 2022

STAT courtesy of the BBC: Spain have become the first team on record (since 1966) to complete 500 passes in the first half of a World Cup match (537).

22:38 (IST)23 NOV 2022

Second half begins.

22:21 (IST)23 NOV 2022

HALF-TIME! Spain 3 Costa Rica 0. A masterclass of a half from Spain who have had 85%  of possession and Costa Rica look way off against a classy side. Goals for Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio and Ferran Torres' penalty has ensured a smooth passage.

22:19 (IST)23 NOV 2022

Five minutes of injury time at the end of the first half.

22:18 (IST)23 NOV 2022

Still not a single shot on target from Costa Rica.

22:11 (IST)23 NOV 2022

STAT courtesy of the BBC: Marco Asensio is Spain's 50th different goalscorer at the World Cup (excluding own goals).

22:01 (IST)23 NOV 2022

GOAL! Ferran Torres in the 30th minute! Spain 3 Costa Rica 0. Clumsy challenge on Jordi Alba in the box and it's a clear penalty. Ferran Torres steps up and then Jorginho-style with a hop, skip and then passes it the other way as Navas goes to his left. Spain in red-hot form.

21:59 (IST)23 NOV 2022


21:56 (IST)23 NOV 2022

That Asensio goal reminded one of so many that Alba and Messi used to get for Barcelona. Almost telepathic understanding those two had on the left and Messi on his left-foot - there was only one outcome. Here Asensio does what Messi used to do. Terrific goal from Spain.

21:52 (IST)23 NOV 2022

GOAL! Marco Asensio in the 21st minute! Spain 2 Costa Rica 0. This is straight out of the Barcelona school. Busquets on the turn crosses to Alba on the left who squares it to Asensio coming in first-time on his left-foot strikes it across Navas who should've done better but it goes in. Spain in dreamland and Costa Rica are in for a long night if this continues.

21:42 (IST)23 NOV 2022

GOAL! Dani Olmo in the 11th minute! Spain 1 Costa Rica 0. Spain pass and pass their way to a beautiful goal. Lots of one-touch passes between Spain's midfield and Gavi chips it to Olmo who with fine control spins past the centre-back and then he dinks it over the onrushing Keylor Navas. Spain lead early.

21:39 (IST)23 NOV 2022

Delightful play between Pedri and Marco Asensio but the latter drags the effort wide of Navas' left-hand post.

21:38 (IST)23 NOV 2022

Spain have started positively and are passing the ball around nicely.

21:36 (IST)23 NOV 2022

What a chance for Dani Olmo as he sneaks in behind the right-back and gets on the end of a lovely diagonal ball, but volleys wide.

21:32 (IST)23 NOV 2022

Interesting to see Rodri playing at centre-back and Spain's assistant coach Rafel Pol had this to say about that move: "We think our CBs will have two situations today - touch the ball more than 100 times, and battle for long balls. Rodri can help us with both of those."

21:30 (IST)23 NOV 2022


21:30 (IST)23 NOV 2022

The anthems are done and we are almost ready for kick-off.

21:21 (IST)23 NOV 2022

The players are in the tunnel and they should be out for the anthems soon.

21:20 (IST)23 NOV 2022

This match will be the first competitive encounter between Spain and Costa Rica.

21:12 (IST)23 NOV 2022

Costa Rica Substitutes: Alvarado, Chacon, Hernandez, Lopez, Matarrita, Ruiz, Salas, Sequeira, Torres, Vargas, Venegas, Waston, Wilson, Zamora.

21:12 (IST)23 NOV 2022

Spain Substitutes: Balde, Carvajal, Fati, Eric Garcia, Guillamon, Koke, Llorente, Morata, Pino, Raya, Sanchez, Sarabia, Soler, Torres, Williams.

20:20 (IST)23 NOV 2022

Official Costa Rica XI:

Navas, Oviedo, Calvo, Waston, Duarte, Fuller, Bennette, Tejeda, Borges, Campbell, Contreras

20:11 (IST)23 NOV 2022

Official Spain XI: 

Unai; Azpilicueta, Rodri, Laporte, Alba, Busquets, Gavi, Pedri; Ferran, Asensio, Olmo

19:57 (IST)23 NOV 2022

After a couple of years in the wilderness, Spain have kickstarted a new era under Luis Enrique. Sure, it would be rather unfair to compare the current crop to La Roja's golden generation under Vicente del Bosque, but they have a good mix of youth and experience and could be a force to be reckoned with at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. 

19:46 (IST)23 NOV 2022

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