The memory of winning the 2010 World Cup in South Africa won’t ever leave the minds of Spain fans, as Vicente del Bosque’s side showed great defensive strength and grit to close out games.
However, that mythical team did not stand out for its goalscoring abilities with just eight goals scored in seven matches en route to the trophy in 2010.
That modest return was almost matched inside 90 minutes on a historic night in Doha as Luis Enrique’s side kicked off their 2022 campaign with a 7-0 win over Costa Rica.
After an incredible performance from La Roja, The Sporting News delves into the history books and looks back at Spain’s biggest World Cup goal tallies.
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What is Spain’s biggest World Cup win?
The 7-0 thrashing of Costa Rica set a new World Cup benchmark for Spain as Enrique’s charges ruthlessly dominated a weak opponent to start off on the right foot in Qatar 2022.
Spain’s first major victory in a World Cup came at Mexico 1986 as La Roja crushed Denmark 5-1 in the last 16. However, despite that high, the tournament ended with a penalty shootout against Belgium in the quarter-finals.
The 1986 record remained as the record holder until the pain of France 1998.
Despite bowing out in thee group stages, Spain signed off with a 6-1 win over Bulgaria, with Enrique joining Fernando Morientes (two) Fernando Hierro and Kiko on the scoresheet, alongside an own goal from Georgi Bachev.
On the flip side, Spain’s heaviest World Cup defeat came in 1950, as they lost 6-1 to Brazil, a record that was almost broken by their disastrous 5-1 defeat to Netherlands in 2014.
Spain’s biggest World Cup wins
🔥 Spain produce their biggest #FIFAWorldCup victory of all-time!
⏪ The 7-0 win over Costa Rica beats their 6-1 triumph against Bulgaria in 1998 – a game in which Luis Enrique scored. pic.twitter.com/08CTkyWKq2
— Sporting News Football Club (@sn_footballclub) November 23, 2022
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