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Enrique’s Spanish youngsters hit seven past Costa Rica

Torres bagged a brace, while Olmo, Asensio, Gavi, Soler, Morata scored 1 each

Update : 24 Nov 2022, 12:13 AM

Spain got their World Cup off to the perfect start Wednesday by hammering Costa Rica 7-0.

Ferran Torres scored in each half while further goals from Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio, Gavi, Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata ensured Luis Enrique's side strolled to the top of Group E.

Luis Enrique selected Asensio as false nine in place of Morata, who had a cold earlier in the week.

Real Madrid winger Asensio played well against Jordan in last week's friendly win in that position.

Manchester City defensive midfielder Rodri Hernandez started the game at center-back, a move coach Enrique suggested he might make in some matches at the tournament.

Barcelona trio Sergio Busquets, Pedri Gonzalez and Gavi start in midfield, with Busquets the only 2010 World Cup winner still in the squad, behind the two teenage creators.

RB Leipzig winger Olmo was preferred on the left flank to Barca youngster Ansu Fati.

Veteran Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz started on the bench for Los Ticos, while former Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas was in goal.

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