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Spain vs Costa Rica LIVE: World Cup 2022 result and final score as Ferran Torres hits double

La Roja ran riot in their Qatar 2022 opener as Luis Enrique’s side hit seven to take command of Group E

Michael Jones
Wednesday 23 November 2022 21:38 GMT
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Spain‘s young squad got off to a high-scoring start at the World Cup, routing Costa Rica 7-0 on Wednesday. Not long after Japan surprised Germany 2-1 in the other Group E match, Spain avoided any chance of an upset with Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio and Ferran Torres scoring a goal each in the first 31 minutes. Torres, Gavi, Carlos Soler and Álvaro Morata added to the lead in the second half.

Olmo’s goal was the 100th at World Cups for Spain, which became the sixth nation to score more than 100 times in the tournament. It was the first time Spain has scored seven goals in a World Cup match. With 18-year-old Gavi and 19-year-old Pedri starting, Spain became the first European nation with two teenagers in the starting lineup of a World Cup match in 60 years, according to statistics platform Opta. Gavi then became the youngest goal scorer at the World Cup since Pelé in the 1958 final, also according to Opta. Gavi and Pedri were among the many youngsters picked by Spain coach Luis Enrique in a revamped squad in Qatar — the third-youngest team among the 32 nations, after the United States and Ghana.

The young duo helped Spain control the pace of the match from the start at Al Thumama Stadium. Costa Rica looked overwhelmed from the start in its third straight World Cup campaign. It came to Qatar hoping to repeat its surprise run to the quarterfinals in 2014 in Brazil, and avoid a repeat of its participation four years ago in Russia, when it was eliminated in the group stage after not winning any matches.

Relive all the action with our live blog below and follow Belgium vs Canada here.


FT Belgium 1-0 Canada

That’s all from us tonight, thank you for following our coverage of all today’s Qatar World Cup matches!

We’ll be back tomorrow with live updates from all four games, too:

•10am GMT: Switzerland vs Cameroon – Group G

•1pm GMT: Uruguay vs South Korea – Group H

•4pm GMT: Portugal vs Ghana – Group H

•7pm GMT: Brazil vs Serbia – Group G

Michael Jones23 November 2022 21:38

World Cup round-up: Japan shock Germany and Spain run riot on day four in Qatar

Japan provided the shock on day four of the World Cup 2022, beating Germany 2-1 in the opening match of Group E.

Ilkay Gundogan had given the Germans a first-half lead before goals from Japanese substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano turned the game around.

The shock result follows Saudi Arabia’s 2-1 win over Argentina on Tuesday.

In Group E’s other fixture, Spain ran riot against Costa Rica, winning 7-0 and establishing themselves as one of the tournament favourites in the process.

Elsewhere, Morocco and Croatia drew 0-0 in Group F, while Belgium squeezed past Canada 1-0.

Fifa World Cup: Results and reaction from day four
Michael Jones23 November 2022 21:35

Reaction from John Herdman

Canada boss John Herdman gave his post match thoughts to BBC One saying:

“I’m proud of the performance but you need to take three points in your first game. We had an opportunity to be top of the group tonight - that was the mission and we missed it, but I’m proud of the performance.

“These lads put a shift in, they showed that they can live on this stage. They made the fans proud and made them feel like they belong here and that was important for us. I showed them the stats and showed them that they belong here.

“Croatia is our next mission. I lost my first game at the London 2012 Olympics and then we went on to win our first medal in 86 years so it’s how we respond now. With that belief and keeping the brotherhood tight, we’ve got a chance.”

Michael Jones23 November 2022 21:31

Reaction from Roberto Martinez

Belgium boss, Roberto Martinez, spoke to BBC One following his team’s 1-0 victory over Canada and says that he hopes his team grow into the tournament.

“Today was such a difficult game, Canada were better than us in what we wanted to do.” he said, “They came to the tournament with an incredible celebration, great emotion, what we expected. This Canada team has a lot of pace and directness.

“To be fair, we had to show another side of our play. I’m delighted because we won the game through grit and experience through the quality of our goalkeeper who kept us in the game by saving the penalty, many elements.

“I think the victory today is more important than when you play well.”

Michael Jones23 November 2022 21:28

FT Belgium 1-0 Canada

Belgium now sit at the top of Group F with three points. They take on Morocco next who are level with Croatia on one point each after they drew 0-0 this morning.

Canada are fourth but another performance like the one they put in tonight could see them take something away from Croatia on Sunday.

Michael Jones23 November 2022 21:25

FT Belgium 1-0 Canada

It’s not all doom and gloom for Canada though. The other game in Group F today ended in a goalless draw between Morocco and Croatia.

John Herdman’s side proved that they can compete with the best teams this evening and if they can improve their finishing they’re still in with a chance of reaching the knockout rounds.

Michael Jones23 November 2022 21:22

Vibrant Canada made to rue missed chances as Belgium earn narrow win

Sometimes the scoreline simply does not tell the whole story. Semi-finalists in 2018, the top-ranked team in the world for over three years, Belgium duly beat a Canada side absent from this stage since 1986. Most expected them to; just not like this.

Because Belgium were dismal in victory, Canada marvellous in defeat.

They were denied by moments of brilliance in either penalty box, whether Michy Batshuayi’s wonderful winner or Thibaut Courtois’ terrific penalty save. The points will go to Roberto Martinez but the plaudits should belong to John Herdman, whose underdogs made this a memorable occasion.

In 2022, as in 1986, Canada are pointless and goalless in the World Cup 2022 but, from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland, from the 49th parallel to the Arctic Circle, theirs was a performance to be proud of.

Vibrant Canada made to rue missed chances as Belgium earn narrow win

Belgium 1-0 Canada: Alphonso Davies’ effort from the spot was saved by Thibaut Courtois before Michy Batshuayi scored against the run of play just before the break

Michael Jones23 November 2022 21:19

Germany to avoid disciplinary action after covered mouths protest

Germany’s players took the OneLove armband protest to a new level as their players covered their mouths during a team photo at the World Cup, but will not face any disciplinary action from Fifa, it is understood.

The move marked another day of tension between the seven European nations who supported the OneLove campaign and Fifa, with the Football Association exploring its legal options over the matter alongside Danish and German counterparts.

The FA declined to comment on whether the England team would copy the German gesture ahead of their match against the United States on Friday.

Speaking about the ‘covered mouths’ gesture after his side’s 2-1 defeat to Japan, Germany coach Hansi Flick said: “It was a sign, a message that we wanted to send out. We wanted to convey the message that Fifa is silencing us.”

World Cup: Germany to avoid disciplinary action after covered mouths protest

The OneLove group are looking at their legal options over the FIFA decision to block them wearing the rainbow-coloured bands.

Michael Jones23 November 2022 21:15

FT Belgium 1-0 Canada

Relief for Belgium.

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Michael Jones23 November 2022 21:11

FT Belgium 1-0 Canada

Agony for Canada...

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Michael Jones23 November 2022 21:08

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