Spain’s 7-0 against Costa Rica is not a record, even though La Roja has totally extinguished the Ticos.
Two days after England’s 6-2 defeat of Qatar, it was Spain’s turn to make the powder talk this Wednesday during the 2018 World Cup. After an impressive collective performance (81% ball possession), La Roja outclassed Costa Rica 7-0.
However, this is not the biggest card in the history of the World Cup. The record still belongs to Hungary, who beat El Salvador (10-1) in 1982. There are also two 9-0s, with Hungary again against South Korea (1954) and Yugoslavia against Zaire (1974) . Then there are three 8-0s, the most recent for Germany against Saudi Arabia in 2002.
Note that Spain still equaled a record by being the second team to finish a match without conceding a single shot. The first time was already Costa Rica in the wrong role, against Brazil in 1990. But there was only 1-0…
0 – Costa Rica failed to take a shot against Spain today, the 2nd time this has happened in a World Cup match since Opta analyzed it (1966), after… Costa Rica himself against Brazil in 1990. Shy. pic.twitter.com/PBrj6HlBG7
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