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Clear-cut victory for Thiago & Co

Bayern midfield ace Thiago covered the full 90 minutes on Saturday evening as Spain cruised to a 5-0 international friendly victory over 2018 World Cup participants Costa Rica in Malaga. Furia Roja roared off the blocks and took a fifth-minute lead courtesy of Jordi Alba, Alvaro Morata doubling the advantage midway through the first period. After the break, David Silva (51, 55) and Andres Iniesta (73) rounded off the comprehensive win.

The result means the Spanish remain undefeated in 15 matches under national team coach Julen Lopetegui. Thiago & Co. are back in action on Tuesday against World Cup hosts Russia in St. Petersburg.