Spain started the World Cup with a stunning 7-0 win over Costa Rica. So the last doubts have been dispelled: Luis Enrique's team is one of the top favorites for the world title. The Spaniards' pass and ball possession statistics were particularly impressive - reminiscent of the golden days with Andres Iniesta and Xavi!
Because what stood out next to the result in Spain's victory over Costa Rica was the unbelievable passing and ball possession statistics. With the final whistle, Spain had 81.3% possession, which is the highest level at a World Cup since 1966 (!). The absurd dominance over Costa Rica was also shown by the pass statistics: Luis Enrique's team played an unbelievable 976 passes during the game, while Costa Rica only managed 165. Another historical value: Gavi, 18 years old since August 5th , is not only Spain's youngest World Cup scorer of all time, but also the youngest World Cup goalscorer since 1958. A certain Pele broke this record back then. The result, the game - and above all these two statistics promise that Spain could become the highlight of this World Cup.
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