Clockwork for Los Rojos Saturday night. Lopetegui put out a strong starting eleven, with two youngsters on display: Kepa Arrizabalaga (stepping in for David De Gea) and Alvaro Odriozola (starting in place for the injured Dani Carvajal). It only took six minutes for Spain to score as Alba easily converted a Silva cross. While Costa Rica struggled to get a foothold in the game; Isco, Silva, and Iniesta completely controlled the match. The midfield trio, rotating freely amongst themselves, constantly found space between the Tico backline and midfield.
Morata got on the scoresheet in the 23rd minute as the Tican goalkeeper (Dany Carvajal coincidentally) poorly parried Silva’s low cross.
Halftime substitutions: ON Nacho, Bartra, Saul, Aspas (OFF Pique, Ramos, Busquets, Morata)
Silva scored a quick brace hitting the back of the net in the 51st and the 55th. In the 61st, Isco was harshly fouled and received treatment on his knee; he was subbed a few minutes later for Asensio. The last goal of the night came from Iniesta. Receiving a ball at the halfway line, he turned and made a penetrating run toward the penalty area unmarked and unpressured, striking the ball underneath the keeper for the fifth goal of the night.
Kepa, considered a potential replacement for Keylor Navas, was tested once the entire evening -- not the best night to judge his performance. However Odriozola, also on Madrid’s radar, snuffed out danger defensively and consistently became involved in attack. Alvaro received the ball in behind the opposition numerous times and was able to attack the endline. Much what we would expect from a Madrid fullback.
SII-Silva, Iniesta, Isco
This midfield trio is incredibly entertaining. As far as international teams go, the composure and skill these three bring to the squad is incalculable.