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

    Costa Rica have been labelled the ‘worst team’ of this World Cup, with Spain giving them an absolute 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 have had it all their own way at the Al Thumama Stadium

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

    But they haven’t half been helped by Costa Rica’s limp display

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    But they haven’t half been helped by Costa Rica’s limp display

    The first-half display may spark memories of Spain’s 2010 World Cup campaign which saw them outclass the world with their stunning Tiki Taka playing style.

    However, talkSPORT’s Stuart Pearce is very much of the view that Spain’s opponents haven’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.”

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

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

    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

    From a Spanish perspective it’s a perfect start to their campaign but the former England defender doesn’t believe we should reach too much into it.

    Pearce said: “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.”

    Orchestrating the play is 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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