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Spain vs Costa Rica player ratings: Gavi and Pedri pull strings in scintillating Qatar World Cup win

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Spain began their Qatar World Cup campaign with a mesmerising 7-0 win against Costa Rica on Wednesday.After Germany’s shock loss to Japan elsewhere in Group E earlier in the day, this game marked a great chance for Luis Enrique’s side to establish themselves as frontrunners in the pool.And Spain certainly seized the initiative, downing Costa Rica with ease thanks to goals from Dani Olmo, Marcos Asensio, Gavi, Carlos Soler, Alvaro Morata and Ferran Torres – the latter scoring twice.It was a superb all-round performance from the 2010 champions, who will be incredibly confident ahead of their next group game, against Germany on Sunday.Here’s how Spain’s players fared against Costa Rica.Unai Simon - 6Almost exclusively a spectator in the Spain goal, but he will have enjoyed his front-row seat for this fine performance.Cesar Azpilicueta - 6With little defensive work required, the full backs will be judged more on their attacking contributions – and Azpilicueta didn’t shine quite as brightly as Alba did on the opposite side.Rodri - 6The Manchester City midfielder was deployed at centre back for this match, and he will have been fairly thankful for such a quiet night at the office.Manchester City midfielder Rodri (left) was stationed at centre back for SpainAymeric Laporte - 6Similarly to his Man City teammate, Laporte had little to do in the centre of Spain’s defence but was focused and diligent throughout.Jordi Alba - 8Got up and down the left flank well, fizzed in the assist for Spain’s second goal, and won the penalty with which his team made it 3-0.

Made way for Balde early in the second half.Sergio Busquets - 7Disciplined and metronomic at the base of the Spanish midfield, as we’ve seen so often from the Barcelona man

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