Gavi continues to shine for Spain, breaks slew of records on his World Cup debut

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In a match the place Spain scored their a hundredth aim in World Cup historical past other than scoring the very best variety of targets in a World Cup encounter with seven targets, in opposition to Costa Rica, 18-year-and-110-days outdated Pablo Paez Gavira created historical past by changing into Spain’s youngest participant to play in World Cup.

Seventy 4 minutes into the match performed on the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Gavi would turn out to be the third youngest aim scorer within the historical past of the FIFA World Cup behind Brazilian legend Pele and Mexican Manuel Rosas. Whereas a 17-year-and-239-days outdated Pele scored in opposition to Wales in Brazil’s 1-0 win over Wales within the 1959 World Cup quarter-final, Manuel Rosas had scored in opposition to Argentina on the age of 18 years and 93 days within the 1930 World Cup.

In a match, which noticed a pair of youngsters within the type of Gavi and Pedri beginning for a European crew for the primary time in World Cup match since 1962, the diminutive Barcelona midfielder would make the commentators speak concerning the Brazilian legend’s feat in 1958 and Gavi’s showstopping efficiency on Wednesday.

Spain’s Gavi, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his facet’s fifth aim through the World Cup group E soccer match between Spain and Costa Rica, on the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. (AP Photograph/Pavel Golovkin)

Earlier this yr, Gavi had talked about his admiration for Pele in a soccer present titled Futbol Emotion on YouTube. Requested about his favorite gamers, Gavi mentioned, “Messi, Iniesta and Isco. I’ve bought others like Zidane, Maradona and Pele. I hope I could be like him (Pele) in the future and win all the pieces too, however I strive not the take into consideration that and be myself,” he had mentioned.

Spain have been fully dominant within the match, having fun with 73 p.c possession. Gavi scored the crew’s fifth aim, a superb volley to beat Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, 19 years older than him.

Hailing from Andalusia, a younger Gavi was recruited by Barcelona scouts for the La Masia Improvement Academy earlier than he was given knowledgeable contract by the membership in 2020. One yr later, the midfielder made his debut for the senior facet in opposition to Getafe and has since featured in additional than 60 video games for the membership.

 Spain Costa Rica Spain’s Gavi through the World Cup group E soccer match between Spain and Costa Rica, on the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. (AP Photograph/Julio Cortez)

However it was his call-up to the Spanish senior facet that set the soccer world abuzz with the talks about Gavi. The five-feet-six-inches tall midfielder turned Spain’s youngest participant to play for the senior facet when he made his debut in opposition to Italy on the San Siro, breaking an 85-year-old report earlier held by Angel Zubieta.

Zubieta performed for Spain on the age of 17 years and 284 days whereas Gavi performed for Spain 62 days submit his seventeenth birthday. “Within the three or 4 spells I’ve seen him, and it is just three or 4, he had left me in little question that he generally is a essential participant for the long run not only for Barcelona but in addition the nationwide crew. We’re speaking a few case that’s not regular. He performs as if he was on the patio at house. It’s a pleasure to see a participant with that high quality and persona. These of us who know him already know what he’s like. He doesn’t shock me,” Spain coach Luis Enrique mentioned after the match in opposition to Italy final yr.

A yr earlier than his worldwide debut, in 2020, Ansu Fati, aged 17 years and 311 days, had turn out to be Spain’s youngest goal-scorer when he scored in opposition to Ukraine to interrupt a 95-year-old report earlier held by Juaan Errazquin.

In June earlier this yr, Gavi broke Fati’s report, which final 637 days, with a aim in opposition to Czech Republic on the age of 17 years and 304 days. Spain gained the match 2-0 to prime the group within the Nations League. Enrique as soon as once more applauded the teen and in contrast him to a volcano. “When Gavi is on the sector, he is sort of a volcano erupting. It’s arduous to not fall in love with him. All people needs to see him play. It’s unimaginable that there was a single fan on the La Rosaleda who didn’t take pleasure in seeing him play. He can play between the strains like nobody else, he’s at all times in a great place, he’s fearless, can rating, go, defend..,” Enrique mentioned.

If Spain manages to qualify from the group E, which has come alive after Japan’s win in opposition to Germany, Enrique would want the likes of Gavi to assist La Roja’s trigger within the World Cup.


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