(CNN Spanish) — Spain crushed Costa Rica 7-0 in their World Cup debut, and their superiority on the pitch went far beyond goals.
The first three were scored by Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio and Ferran Torres in the first half. Torres, Gavi, Carlos Soler and Álvaro Morata scored in the second half to complete the rout.
From shots on goal to possession of the ball, the statistics show the total dominance of La Roja against the Costa Ricans in Qatar.
Luis Enrique’s team made 17 shots on goal, in which Marco Asensio and Dani Olmo stood out with five and four respectively, according to data from DataFactory. Of that total, seven were goals, seven outside and three on target. The ticos, for their part, did not make one.
Dani Olmos, according to DataFactory statistics, was the player of the match with a score of 9.4 out of 10. Spanish defenders Rodri and Aymeric Laporte also stood out on the pitch with 142 and 150 passes.
Possession of the ball also reflects the superiority of La Roja against the Latin American team. Spain had 79% control of the ball compared to 21% for Costa Rica, that is, practically four times as much.
And that leads to another measurement: passes. The European team made 1,071 passes during the game, while the Costa Ricans made 229.
Spain also registered 93% passing effectiveness compared to 72% for Costa Rica. La Roja made 998 correct passes compared to 166 for the Costa Ricans.
The Spaniards were also more effective in marking. they recovered 18 balls, while the Costa Ricans only did so on 8 occasions.
Spain thrashed Costa Rica, but they have two challenging games ahead
La Roja is one of the favorite teams to win the World Cup this 2022. After the mess of 2018 with the arrival and dismissal of Julen Lopetegui and after Luis Enrique’s forced absence due to a personal issue, the coach has achieved a new identity with young players and an ideal tie (6 wins, a draw and a loss).
Spain is seventh in the FIFA ranking. In the Eurocup that was played in 2021, Spain was a semifinalist, eliminated by the eventual champion Italy, and in the League of Nations it was the leader of Group A2 and went to the Final Four. In 2021 they lost the final of the last edition of that League against France, but since then they have only lost one game (against Switzerland).
The Spaniards are part of the select club of eight teams that won the World Cup during the history of the competition. Their triumph was in South Africa 2010, where after a defeat in their debut they achieved six consecutive victories and won the cup.
Although it begins with a win, Spain still has a way to go in the group stage that will face another of the favourites, Germany, and Japan. This Wednesday, Japan surprised in Qatar with a 2-1 victory against Germany, champions of Brazil 2014, in their debut in Group E.
This is how the positions are at this moment in Group E: