Spanish teen Gavi has been lighting up the World Cup 2022 with some wonderful performances.
The Barcelona sensation has been pulling the strings over in Qatar, not the laces.
The Barcelona midfielder is now the youngest ever World Cup goal scorer.
Gavi was on target in Spain’s opening match at the World Cup when they defeated Costa Rica 7-0 after a stunning display.
And in doing so, Gavi became Spain’s youngest World Cup scorer aged just 18 years and 110 days.
The previous record was held by fellow midfielder Pirri, who was 21 years and 124 days old when he scored against Argentina in 1966.
It has been reported in Spain that Gavi plays with his shoelaces untied because he does not know how to tie them well, not that that bothers him, The Sun reported.
Spanish journalist Marc Marba Prats said “Gavi has been playing with his laces untied since he was very young, it’s because he doesn’t know how to tie them well.
“He doesn’t care and he plays like that.”
But even Gavi’s outstanding World Cup wasn’t enough to save Spain as Morocco bundled the heavyweights out of the tournament in a heartbreaking shootout.
Achraf Hakimi struck the decisive penalty to send Spain crashing out and Morocco into the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time, winning 3-0 in a shootout on Tuesday after a 0-0 draw.
Spain coach Luis Enrique had claimed his players prepared by taking 1,000 penalties as homework but Pablo Sarabia, Carlos Soler and Sergio Busquets all missed from the spot and Madrid-born Hakimi dinked his home to the delight of Morocco’s raucous support.
Walid Regragui’s side will face Portugal in what is uncharted territory for them, with their previous best a last-16 exit in 1986.
Spain had been hoping they could repeat their 2010 World Cup triumph after reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2020, where they were also beaten on penalties by Italy.
The teams were closely matched through a nailbiting clash, with Spain having more of the ball but Morocco creating the better openings, few though they were.
Gavi, who at 18 years and 123 days old became the youngest player to start a World Cup knockout game since Brazil great Pele in 1958, rose to the occasion.
The Barcelona midfield terrier was at his most intense, smashing into challenges left, right and centre, even diving to make one with his head.
Morocco goalkeeper Yassine Bounou tipped a Gavi strike on to the crossbar, though it would have been ruled offside, while Asensio drilled into the side-netting, although Spain created little.
— with AFP
This story first appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission.
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