Historical presentation of Spain – with this title, the number one Spanish sports newspaper, Marca, introduces its coverage after the victory. The newspaper highlights that Spain had 17 shots on goal for Keylor Navas, 10 of which hit the net, and seven of the ten were on target – an astonishing efficiency, while Costa Rica did not direct a single shot at Unai Simón’s goal. The Spaniards attempted 1,043 passes in the match, and 976 of them were successful. The Spaniards had 81.8 percent of the ball, while the opponent had 18.2 percent.
The Royal Spanish Football Association published a factual statement:
Juan Ignacio García-Ochoa, a writer for Marca, makes a shocking statement:
He’s not crazy, he’s a genius!
It’s all Luis Enrique, the captain of the national team, who has been saying for a week that the guys have been flying like an airplane in the training camp and predicted that they will play like never before. Furthermore, the war plan will work like clockwork. And the team will play in pure red, as they did in 2010, when they became world champions.
Luis Enrique addressed the Spanish journalists with these words after the match:
Didn’t I tell you? In the last ten days, I have been talking about the fact that the team is in explosive form, and this has now been confirmed. When things work out like they did tonight, football is a beautiful game. Our opponent tried to cause us problems, but they failed because we played extremely well. We proved that the match lasts until the referee blows it.
Then the triumphant master continued:
“Our goal was to dominate throughout and we did it. For that we needed the ball, and we almost always had it. We did an excellent job of attacking and pressing, and our sixteen players who entered the field were excellent, but there is still room and opportunity for improvement.”
The title of As, the other big sports newspaper in Madrid:
On the one hand, Mundo Deportivo names Gavi, the young genius of Barcelona, as the MVP of the match (at FIFA anyway – ed.), then states that he is the second youngest goalscorer in the history of the World Cup at the age of 18 years and 110 days with age. Who was the youngest? The King himself, i.e. Pelé, who found the net at the age of 17 years and 249 days at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.
The bombastic headline of Barcelona Sport:
Spain opened the door to the World Cup in Qatar with a historic flurry of goals
The Costa Rican media has no mercy
On the other hand, the Costa Rican papers ram their national team into the ground.
La Nación’s long headline:
Costa Rica suffered the heaviest defeat in its history, and the worst part is that the team had no soul
La República starts like this:
Costa Rica had never been beaten like this in the World Cups, the national team was without spirit and attitude
Already during the break, the newspaper’s correspondent put it this way: This is already an international laugh, after 45 minutes.
El Mundo doesn’t skimp on adjectives either:
What a denial, after this it won’t be easy to stand up against Japan on Sunday…
SOCCER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
GROUP E, ROUND 1
Spain-Costa Rica 7-0 (Olmo 11., Asensio 21., Torres 31., 54., Gavi 74., Soler 90., Morata 92.)
In the other match of the group
Germany-Japan 1-2 (Gündogan 33rd – from 11th, or Ricu 75th, Takuma 84th)
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(Cover photo: L well Enrique. Photo: Berengui / DeFodi Images / Getty Images)