Gavi: Spain Youngster Makes World Cup History After Shining vs Costa Rica

Gavi: Spain Youngster Makes World Cup History After Shining vs Costa Rica

  • Barcelona star Gavi was among the goal scorers as Spain hammered Costa Rica 7-0 in their World Cup opener
  • Gavi found the back of the net in the 74th minute of the Group E match after he was set up by Alvaro Morata
  • The 18-year-old's goal saw him become the youngest player to score a World Cup goal since Brazil legend Pele

Spain youngster Gavi has made World Cup history, following his sensational performance against Costa Rica during their meeting on Wednesday, November 23.

The teenage sensation was part of Spain's starting XI during their Group E opener at the Al Thumama Stadium.

The Barcelona star justified his inclusion in the match, as he found the back of the net in the second half of the match to help Spain get their World Cup campaign off a flying start.

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Gavi, Qatar 2022 World Cup Group, Spain, Costa Rica, Al-Thumama Stadium, Barcelona.
Gavi celebrates scoring his team's fifth goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group E match between Spain and Costa Rica at the Al-Thumama Stadium. Photo by Glyn Kirk.
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Gavi had Alvaro Morata to thank for his first World Cup goal, with the 18-year-old finding the back of the net with ease after the former Chelsea striker laid it on the plate for him, with a wonderful cross from the edge of the box.

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Gavi's goal saw him ink his name in history books, with The Telegraph reporting he is now the youngest World Cup scorer since Brazilian icon Pele.

At the age of 18, the Barca ace is only behind Pele and Manuel Rosas on the list of the youngest goalscorers at the global tournament.

What's more, GiveMeSports adds that Gavi is the youngest goal scorer ever for Spain at the tournament.

Spain hammer Costa Rica side

Meanwhile, Spain had a dream start to their World Cup campaign in Qatar as they secured a statement win against Costa Rica.

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The 2010 world football champions put seven past the South American nation, with Ferran Torres netting a brace.

Luis Enrique's men needed just 11 minutes to break the deadlock via Dani Olmo, with Marco Asensio doubling the advantage in the 21st minute.

Torres made it 3-0 from the penalty spot in the 31st minute before Gavi, Carlos Soler and Morata got their names on the scoresheet in the second half.

Japan vs Germany: fans react

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Japan took a leaf from the book of Saudi Arabia as they shocked the four-time world champion Germany on November 23, at the Khalifa International Stadium.

A spirited second-half display from the Asian powerhouse turned the game on its head, despite Germany being ahead after an Ilkay Gundogan first-half penalty.

Substitutes Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano scored solitary strikes to ensure the Asian nation picked up the maximum points.

Source: Sports Brief News