MADRID, 25 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The Spanish soccer team signed its biggest win in a World Cup last Wednesday by beating Costa Rica 7-0 in its debut in Qatar 2022. A great result that reminds us of other great matches of the 'Red' that took place very bulky markers were overcome.
1. The 12-1 to Malta. Without a doubt, the quintessential win in the history of the national team. On December 21, 1983, Spain, led by Miguel Muñoz, needed to win by eleven goals against Malta at the Benito Villamarín to take the ticket to the Euro 1984 from the Netherlands. At halftime, 'only' three goals from Santillana, and the worst, one from Maltese Diogiorgio, but in the second 45 minutes the gale came, crowned in the 84th minute by the goal from Juan Señor and the well-remembered broadcast by José Ángel de la House.
2. Closing of the 'golden generation' against Italy. The best generation that Spanish football has given at an international level closed its glorious era with the conquest of the 2012 Euro Cup, a title that followed with EURO 2008 and the 2010 World Cup. And it also did so with an exhibition in the final against Italy, a rival that had deactivated him in the group stage (1-1), but whom he dismasted at the kyiv Olympic Games 4-0 with goals from David Silva, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata.
3. Germany kneels in La Cartuja. The last memory that the four-time world champion team will have before facing Spain will be quite painful. In the League of Nations 20-21, the last game of the group stage in La Cartuja decided who would go to the 'Final a Cuatro' and the winner was Luis Enrique's team, who also did so with a devastating 6-0 with a hat trick from Ferran Torres, and goals from Álvaro Morata, Rodri Hernández and Mikel Oyarzabal.
4. Croatia takes a set at Luis Enrique's home premiere. In the previous edition of the Nations League, the first, the 'Red' also left another exciting win. At the Martínez Valero, the Asturian made his home debut in September 2018 against a Croatia that had been proclaimed runner-up in the world in July and that left Elche overwhelmed 6-0 with goals from Marco Asensio, Saúl Ñíguez, Rodrigo Moreno, Sergio Ramos, Isco Alarcón and one on his own goal.
5. Austria, overwhelmed on the way to EURO 2000. You have to go back to 1999, in the qualifying phase for the continental event the following year, to see another great result in an official match. With José Antonio Camacho on the bench and a team led by Pep Guardiola, Raúl González or Fernando Hierro, they shook Austria at the Mestalla with a resounding 9-0 score and poker from the Madrid '7'.
6. The modest Tahiti takes a dozen. In the 2013 Confederations Cup, Spain did not take pity on a little-known rival in the international showcase such as Tahiti, a surprising participant from Oceania on that occasion and who left with 24 goals conceded, a dozen by the then world champion and from Europe. Fernando Torres, with four, and David Villa, with three, stood out.
7. Useless win. Before Spain beat Costa Rica 7-1, his previous best win in a World Cup was a 6-1 win over Bulgaria in France'98. However, this result is one to remember, but negative, because it was useless as Paraguay beat Nigeria and eliminated Javier Clemente's team in the group stage.
8. Argentina does not escape in a friendly. Far from an official competition, this exhibition stood out with Julen Lopetegui as coach and a few months before the 2018 World Cup in Russia. La Albiceleste, without Leo Messi, was defeated 6-1 at the Metropolitano and with Isco Alarcón in his stellar version of those years and author of a 'hat-trick'.