Gavi makes World Cup history for Spain in 7-0 thrashing of feeble Costa Rica

Gavi became Spain’s youngest World Cup goalscorer in their 7-0 demolition of Costa Rica, with Ferran Torres the only player to score twice

Lets do this by numbers, shall we? For the first time in four World Cups, Spain won their opening game. Dani Olmo scored their 100th goal in the tournaments history and 18-year-old Gavi, one of two t… [+6161 chars]

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Iniesta backs Spain's youngsters to deliver at World Cup - Reuters.com

Spain's World Cup-winning midfielder Andres Iniesta said head coach Luis Enrique's youthful squad has plenty of first-team experience at club level to deliver international success.

World Cup winner Busquets says he can help Spain's new generation - Reuters

Spain captain Sergio Busquets said on Tuesday he was ready to channel his experience as the only remaining World Cup winner in the national team into helping his young team mates overcome their nerves at the tournament in Qatar.

Fati on target as Spain warm-up with win over Jordan - Reuters

Ansu Fati seized his chance to impress Spain manager Luis Enrique as the Barcelona youngster scored in his side's 3-1 victory over Jordan in a World Cup warm-up on Thursday.

Costa Rica head to World Cup after home victory over Nigeria - Reuters

World Cup-bound Costa Rica bid farewell to home fans with a 2-0 victory over Nigeria in a friendly international on Wednesday.

World Cup 2022 team guides part 17: Costa Rica

Luis Fernando Suárez used 77 players and gave out 22 debuts as part of a generational revamp that has Los Ticos on the up againThis article is part of the Guardian’s World Cup 2022 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations f…

Costa Rica squad being flown to Iraq after immigration issues - INA - Reuters

Costa Rica's squad will be flown to Iraq ahead of a warm-up friendly between the two countries ahead of the World Cup in Qatar, Iraq's state news agency INA said on Thursday.

Spain defender Gaya out of World Cup with injury, Balde called up - Reuters.com

Spain left back Jose Gaya has withdrawn from their squad for the World Cup in Qatar after suffering an ankle injury in training, the team announced on Friday.

Ageing Costa Rica dreaming big at third straight World Cup - Ruiz - Reuters

Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz was confident the Central Americans will more than make up the numbers at their third straight World Cup and take inspiration from their historic 2014 campaign, having learnt from a disappointing outing in Russia.

Messi or Suarez should win World Cup if not Spain, says Luis Enrique - Reuters.com

Spain coach Luis Enrique has said that if his team cannot triumph at the World Cup in Qatar he would like to see Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez crowned with Argentina and Uruguay respectively.

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