It is difficult to meet all the sons of La Masía, that great Barcelona youth academy, who are scattered around the world. We know of the most emblematic: Iniesta, Xavi, Busquets. But not of the others. Dani Olmo played for Barcelona from the age of nine to sixteen. More than being part of a team, he assumed an identity. That he has taken her where destiny has put him. She spent several years at Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia and for four seasons at Leipzig in Germany.
This midfielder, not so well known in these parts, started the win that Spain is giving Costa Rica in its debut in Group E of Qatar 2022. Dani Olmo was in charge of scoring that great goal that, beyond giving his team partial victory, means the 100th goal for the European team in World Cups.
It was a goal of pure Spanish essence, with touches and passes to almost all the players on the team. A highly collective play and with the stamp of Luis Enrique, ending with the Leipzig footballer and the celebration of the entire group. Nothing could be done by Keylor Navas to avoid the goal and he found himself overwhelmed by a great reaction from Olmos who once with the ball in his boots directed it towards the rival goal. It seemed that Iniesta had reincarnated in him.
Spain reaches one hundred goals in the World Cups and enters football history. He joins the prestigious club of national teams that has scored 100 goals and more in World Cups together with Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Italy, France. Now the Spanish complete this luxury sextet. With a rejuvenated Busquets and we insist, with a superlative Olmos that reminds us of the good Iniesta’s dribbling.
The collective of this young Spain has its well-deserved reward with this goal. A team that was heavily targeted, criticized for leaving the ‘sacred cows’ aside and today responds on the field. Xavi and Iniesta are no longer here, but Busquets is and that’s enough for now. With a great game, Luis Enrique’s Spain show their best facet against a Costa Rica that is very uncomfortable on the field and cannot have the ball. Spain is a candidate and no one can say otherwise.