Live from Al Thumama Stadium
Our man in Doha is Dan King, and after a couple of shocks in the early days of Qatar 2022, he’s witnessing a thoroughly dominant performance from one of Europe’s giants.
“Normal service is being resumed here.
“This game looked over when Marco Asensio made it 2-0 after barely 20 minutes. It certainly is after Ferran Torres converted a penalty to make it three just past half hour.
“Costa Rica may be ranked No 31 in the world, but they look like the weakest, most limited team of the World Cup so far.
“They struggled to qualify and if this turns into the thrashing it could be, then they may wish they hadn’t bothered.
“Spain look very, very comfortable, playing a virtual 1-4-5 formation at times and keeping the ball at will. They’ve had it more than 80 per cent of the time, in old money.
“The Barcelona midfield machine is purring, even though Gavi is so slight you’re afraid he would be knocked over by one blast of the air conditioning.
“Costa Rica are also in danger of being blown away, unless Spain take pity on them and keep things social in the second half.”