After this great victory, coach Enrique’s players also set two more memorable records.
Spain thrashed Costa Rica 7-0 in their opening match of the tournament on Wednesday. The 2010 winners Spain registered their biggest-ever win at a World Cup.
Spain completed more passes in the first half against Costa Rica on Wednesday than any nation has done in a single World Cup match since 1966 with 537 passes. Spain completed a record 1,003 passes for a 90-minute game on Wednesday and finished with 75% of ball possession. It had 17 attempts against zero by Costa Rica.
The 18-year-old Gavi and the 19-year-old Pedri controlled the pace of the match along with veteran Sergio Busquets, the only remaining member of the 2010 World Cup-winning squad. Up front, the 22-year-old Ferran Torres, along with Dani Olmo and Marco Asensio, worked aggressively off the ball to quickly regain possession.
Spain has the third-youngest squad at this year’s tournament, but Luis Enrique is not worried about his players being overly confident heading into the much-anticipated match against four-time world champion Germany on Sunday. Besides, young talent Gavi also went down in history when he became the youngest player to score in a World Cup match since 1958 when he was only 18 and 110 days old.
Spain, which hadn’t won a World Cup opener since 2006, still had Xavi and Iniesta when it won its last major title at the 2012 European Championship. Now it will be up to the likes of Pedri and Gavi to make the new “tiki-taka” thrive and lead Spain in its quest for the World Cup trophy.