Costa Rica labelled World Cup’s ‘worst team’ but Stuart Pearce doubts Spain will make it to the semi-finals despite rampant and clinical display

    Costa Rica have been labelled the ‘worst team’ of this World Cup, with Spain giving them a 7-0 hiding in their Group E clash.

    La Roja found themselves 3-0 up at half time thanks to strikes from Dani Olmo and Marco Asensio as well as Ferran Torres’ penalty.

    Spain had it all their own way at the Al Thumama Stadium

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    Spain had it all their own way at the Al Thumama Stadium

    But they weren’t half helped by Costa Rica’s limp performance

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    But they weren’t half helped by Costa Rica’s limp performance

    Spain didn’t let up after the break with Torres getting his second of the match on 54 minutes, while an expert volley from Gavi, and finishes from Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata completed the mauling of Costa Rica.

    From a Spanish perspective it’s a perfect start to their campaign, the opening match seeing them net seven times from just eight shots on target.

    Their display may spark memories of Spain’s 2010 World Cup campaign which saw them outclass the world with their stunning Tiki Taka system.

    However, talkSPORT’s Stuart Pearce is very much of the view that Spain’s opponents didn’t half made it easy for them.

    “Spain’s play is okay. It’s not bad but it’s not scintillating. But Costa Rica are giving them too much space,” Pearce said on commentary for talkSPORT shortly before Olmo’s opener.

    And after Asensio put Spain 2-0 up inside 21 minutes, Pearce said: “I don’t think Spain can believe their luck, they’re having so much room… the cross is a doddle for Jordi Alba and Asensio makes that finish look so easy.”

    That was a tough watch for Costa Rica head coach Luis Fernando Suarez

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    That was a tough watch for Costa Rica head coach Luis Fernando Suarez

    Pearce added: “Costa Rica have been the worst team I’ve seen at this World Cup.”

    When asked by Nigel Adderley if Costa Rica were worse than host nation Qatar, Pearce responded: “They’re certainly down there.”

    But former England defender Pearce doesn’t believe this thumping win isn’t necessarily a sign of things to come for Luis Enrique’s side.

    Pearce said at the end of the first half: “I’m going to make a statement here. Spain are 3-0 up, Spain have played reasonably well, but they won’t get beyond the semi-final. I’m not sure they’ll even get to the semi-finals.”

    This strike from Gavi on 74 minutes was the pick of the goals. He’s the youngest player to score at a World Cup, since Pele in 1958

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    This strike from Gavi on 74 minutes was the pick of the goals. He’s the youngest player to score at a World Cup, since Pele in 1958

    Busquets had one of the easiest matches of his career and it surprisingly came on the biggest stage

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    Busquets had one of the easiest matches of his career and it surprisingly came on the biggest stage

    Orchestrating the play was veteran midfielder Sergio Busquets, who at 34 years old could well be playing in his final World Cup.

    Pearce then quipped: “If World Cup games are like this then he’ll feel he has another three World Cups in him!”

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