Magnificent Spain thump hapless Costa Rica 7-0

Spain put on a majestic performance as they thumped Costa Rica 7-0 at the Al Thumama Stadium to begin their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 quest. La Roja’s win puts them top of Group E ahead of Japan who stunned four-time champions Germany earlier at the Khalifa International Stadium.

Dani Olmo scored Spain’s 100th goal at the World Cup with the opener, while a double from Ferran Torres and goals from Marco Asensio, Gavi, Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata ensured Luis Enrique’s men avoided an upset with Germany still to come in the group.

Spain became the sixth team after Brazil, Germany, Italy, France and Argentina to reach 100 goals at the World Cup.

Spain will next play Germany at the Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday, while Costa Rica will hope to bounce back against high-flying Japan at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium later that day.