The game between Spain and Costa Rica gave fans the biggest goal difference in this year's FIFA World Cup, and it also gave La Roja a chance to establish some new milestones for the team thanks to this 7-0 victory over a struggling Central American team.
The game hadn't even started and the first record had been registered for Spain, as Gavi became the youngest player in La Roja's history to start a FIFA World Cup match. But that would only be the first - of many- records set by the Spaniards.
La Roja equaled their best goalscoring half in history when they hit Costa Rica with three goals in the first 45 minutes, matching their tally of a 1934 match against Brazil. Once the half came to an end, the team led by Luis Enrique established a new record for most passes in a single half, with 537 accurate deliveries.
Then, the milestones for goals scored. First off, Ferrán Torres' brace helped him join an elite list of players, which includes the legendary David Villa, Spain's all-time top scorer.
3 - Ferran Torres is the third player to score a brace on his debut for Spain at the World Cup, after José Iraragorri against Brazil in 1934 and David Villa against Ukraine in 2006. Confidence. pic.twitter.com/ULVgauqf8z— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 23, 2022
With this sort of performance, newcomer Gavi had to take part of this beating against Los Ticos. The Barcelona footballer became the second youngest teenager to score a goal since Pelé, but he also did it by finding the back of the net with this gem (Image might be geo-restricted).
GAVI'S FIRST FIFA WORLD CUP GOAL— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 23, 2022
He becomes the youngest player to ever score for Spain at a FIFA World Cup pic.twitter.com/ErWFoxArdn
Then, the seventh goal of the evening came for La Roja, and it helped both teams to reach one more record. It was a sweet one for Costa Rica, and a complete opposite for Costa Rica.
"Spain has scored seven goals in a FIFA World Cup or UEFA Euro game for the first time in history"
"Costa Rica's 7-0 loss marks the fourth time in which a CONCACAF team has been defeated by seven or more goals in a FIFA WC match. This ties the record set by AFC (Asia) countries for the largest number of teams with losses by that margin)."
La derrota de Costa Rica (7-0) es la 4ta vez que un equipo de CONCACAF pierde por 7 o más goles.— ESPN Datos (@ESPNDatos) November 23, 2022
Eso iguala a países de AFC (Asia) por la mayor cantidad de derrotas por ese margen por una sola confederación. pic.twitter.com/XXp7kjk0wG
The last piece of history in this game had to do with a couple of stats that are really needed in a football game. One made wonders for Spain, the other record was quite woeful for Los Ticos.
Spain had 81.3% possession in their 7-0 win against Costa Rica, the highest in a World Cup match since 1966.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 23, 2022
They also out passed Costa Rica 976-165. DOMINANCE! pic.twitter.com/3ScKf72oMt
0 - Costa Rica failed to have a single shot against Spain today, just the second instance of a side failing to have an attempt on goal in a World Cup match since 1966, after Costa Rica themselves against Brazil in 1990. Shy. pic.twitter.com/FOeZi81viq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 23, 2022