World Cup 2022 LIVE: Spain vs Costa Rica result and final score – Gavi hits stunning volley

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‘I am the leader’ – Luis Enrique looks ahead to World Cup coaching debut

Spain and Costa Rica meet in Group E of the World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Luis Enrique’s side have been drawn in a potentially tricky group that also features Germany and Japan so three points from this fixture will ease any pressure on the European side.

Since winning the World Cup in 2010, La Roja have underperformed on football’s biggest stage. They crashed out in the group stages when defending the title in 2014 and lost to Russia in a last 16 penalty shootout four years ago. Enrique has gathered a squad of young, attacking talent who will no doubt believe they can take Spain back to their former glory.

This new generation of Spanish players narrowly missed out on a place in the Euro 2020 final last summer after losing to Italy in the semi-finals (through another penalty shootout) but with Barcelona’s Pedri (19), and Gavi (18) set to start in midfield La Roja are well set to shine in Qatar.

Their opponents today are World Cup dark horses Costa Rica. In 2014 they shocked England and Italy to qualify out of the group alongside Uruguay before losing a penalty shoot-out to the Netherlands for a place in the semi-finals. Keylor Navas and Joel Campbell featured in that tournament and remain a key part of the team this time around.

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Belgium vs Canada

Coming up after the conclusion of this game is the final match of the day when Belgium take on Canada in Group F.

Team news has just dropped so here’s a look at how they both line-up:

Belgium: Thibaut Courtois, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Leander Dendoncker, Timothy Castagne, Axel Witsel, Youri Tielemans, Yannick Carrasco, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Michy Batshuayi

Canada: Milan Borjan, Richie Laryea, Kamal Miller, Steven Vitoria, Alistair Johnston, Alphonso Davies, Stephen Eustaquio, Atiba Hutchinson, Tajon Buchanan, Junior Hoilett, Jonathan David

Michael Jones23 November 2022 17:48

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Spain 5-0 Costa Rica

83 mins: Superb Spain running riot against Costa Rica.

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Michael Jones23 November 2022 17:46

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Spain 5-0 Costa Rica

80 mins: 10 minutes plus how ever long the officials decide to add on for stoppage time to play.

Rodri slides a through ball up to Koke who spins before playing Morata into the right side of the box. The forward has a shy at goal but doesn’t catch it right and hooks his effort out of play.

Michael Jones23 November 2022 17:42

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Spain 5-0 Costa Rica

77 mins: This has been a training game for Spain. They haven’t been asked any questions and every time they moved forward with any type of quality the end result has been a goal or a shot.

There’s a bit of a barney between Kendall Waston and Gavi in the middle of the pitch and the referee calls both men over for a chat. He tells them to calm it down.

Michael Jones23 November 2022 17:39

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GOAL! Spain 5-0 Costa Rica (Gavi, 74’)⚽️

74 mins: Gavi joins the fun! Balde goes on a driving run through the inside left channel and slips a pass into the box for Alvaro Morata who stays onside. He’s forced over to the left side of the box but holds up the ball before flicking it over to the arriving teenager.

Gavi pops up in the box after a run from deep, he meets the ball on the volley and pokes it onto the inside of the right post where the ball deflects into the back of the net.

Michael Jones23 November 2022 17:34

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Spain 4-0 Costa Rica

72 mins: 28-year-old Iñaki Williams Arthuer now replaces Marco Asensio up in the forward line. He’s started out wide on the right with Morata taking the central forward role.

Spain kick forward on the break with Luis Enrique encouraging them forward from the touchline – he certainly wants more goals. However, the attack breaks down on the edge of the box and Costa Rica scramble it clear.

Michael Jones23 November 2022 17:33

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Spain 4-0 Costa Rica

69 mins: Spain have scored four or more goals in a World Cup match for just the fourth time having last done so in a 4-0 victory against Ukraine in 2006.

Is this a sign of things to come? The 2010 champions will be eyeing another good run in this tournament after two poor campaigns in 2014 and 2018.

Michael Jones23 November 2022 17:30

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Spain 4-0 Costa Rica

66 mins: Spain’s centre-back pair of Aymeric Laporte and Rodri are pushing up to the halfway line with they are in possession. It’s like watching Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at times.

This has been one of the most one-sided affairs of the tournament so far.

Michael Jones23 November 2022 17:28

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Spain 4-0 Costa Rica

63 mins: Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba are the two men taken off in order for Balde and Koke to come on. Both men will play crucial roles for Spain’s next match against the Germans – who have to win – so they’re given a rest for the final half an hour or so.

Michael Jones23 November 2022 17:25

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Spain 4-0 Costa Rica

60 mins: Alejandro Balde and Koke are ready to come for Spain as well.

This game is now a matter of how many they want to score. With Germany still to come in the group qualification may come down to goal difference so Luis Enrique will be encouraging his players to keep attacking.

Michael Jones23 November 2022 17:23

World Cup 2022 LIVE: Spain vs Costa Rica result and final score – Gavi hits stunning volley

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