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Spain score seven in World Cup annihilation of dismal Costa Rica

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Spain put on an exhibition, that is also an ominous display of their quality.It might be far too early to call this 7-0 rout a victory of champions, but it’s fair to say it was the most complete and convincing team performance of this World Cup 2022 so far.

Spain have announced themselves, in a manner similar to the 4-1 evisceration over Russia that sparked their Euro 2008 win.The only pity was that there were so few people here to see it, Spain’s grand showcase also highlighting one of the less serious but still significant problems of this World Cup.

There was never any hint, however, that Luis Enrique’s team would suffer from one of the growing football issues of this World Cup.Far from arriving undercooked - as group rivals Germany, Argentina and other big sides look - Spain have the sense of a team coming together.And, yes, it was only Costa Rica.

But Pedri is only 19. Gavi is only 18.Yet here they were combining and completely controlling an opening World Cup game in a manner that was as effervescent as it was effortless.That is also why it had a significance beyond the opposition.Spain have a history of starting these tournaments in an anxious manner, any low block or early struggle to score greatly heightening nerves in a manner that wastefully reduces their quality.

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