MATCH REPORT | Spain thrash Costa Rica in Málaga (5-0)

Málaga 11 Nov 2017
Luis Arnáiz
Carmelo Rubio

*A brace from Silva and goals from Morata, Jordi Alba and Iniesta gave Spain the win

Spain returned to action almost a month after their last game against Israel, doing so in style with a goal scoring masterclass.

It only took the Spaniards five minutes to go ahead through Barcelona's Jordi Alba with a left-footed shot.

Jordi Alba gave Spain the lead

With the scoreboard reading in their favour, it took another 18 minutes to increase the deficit. Alvaro Morata then doubled the advantage to make it 2-0.

The second part provided much more of the same for Spain. Julen Lopetegui's men immediately assumed control of play once more as the game resumed, moving the ball around and looking to stretch the Costa Rica defence.

The home side were tearing their opponents apart and just five minutes later they underlined their prowess, finding the back of the net again. David Silva added his name to the scoresheet to make it 3-0.

It was a magical night for Real Madrid star Francisco Alarcón "Isco"

The hosts even had the chance to notch the fourth. The Manchester City star added a second in the 54th.

With ten minutes to go on the clock, Andrés Iniesta netted the fifth after a stunning assist by Marc Bartra.

David Silva netted twice in the 5-0 rout of Costa Rica

Spain will travel to St. Petersburg on Sunday to face the World Cup hosts on Tuesday.

La Rosaleda
Málaga (ESP)
21:30h. (Hora peninsular)
A. Sidiropoulos (GRE)

P. Kostaras (GRE)
L. Dimitriadis (GRE)
F. Borbalán (ESP)
14ºC - 57ºF
5 km/h
Alba 5', Morata 23', Silva 50' 54', Iniesta 72'
13 Kepa
2 Odriozola
3 Piqué4 Bartra 45'
15 Ramos14 Nacho 45'
18 Alba
5 Busquets8 Saúl 45'
10 Thiago
6 Iniesta12 Luis Alberto 73'
21 Silva
22 Isco20 Asensio 64'
7 Morata17 Aspas 45'
Seleccionador: Julen Lopetegui
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
1 Carvajal
16 Gamboa
4 Gutiérrez 62' 19 Waston
3 González 56' 6 Duarte
15 Calvo
22 Matarrita 65' 8 Oviedo
13 Wallace 59' 7 Bolaños
5 Borges
17 Tejeda
14 Rodríguez 74' 11 Venegas
12 Ortiz 56' 21 Ureña
Seleccionador: Óscar Ramírez