South Africa 2010 was already threatening to become a faint memory. Overwhelmed by the mist of time, that determined gesture against the Netherlands for Andrés Iniesta's magical goal grew, however, in Spanish memory as an indelible nightmare after the falls in 2014 and 2018.
But yesterday's match against Costa Rica arrived. Spain thrashed its helpless rival who came from Central America, and arrogant, after the scandalous rout, the fiery illusion is now reborn in those who wanted to see their team as in those sweet days twelve years ago.
And it wasn't hard; On the contrary, it was walking down a street without red traffic lights or cars in reverse, because among the Ticos there was no resistance. Only will, but this is not enough; and it is not enough against a Spanish team that with Sergio Busquets in command, with Ferrán Torres, Marco Asencio and Gavi embroidering the touch and the game for the sake of the game itself, and with all their players perched on a red carousel, they filled the field and They promised that from now on they will come out of their football boots and good goals.
In Costa Rica wines an involution. Little remains of that football that reached the quarterfinals in Brazil 2014. At that time they beat Uruguay, Italy and tied with England, and already in the round of 2018 they took Mexico out on penalties until they succumbed to the Netherlands in the quarterfinals. Already in 2022 it was another, come to less, until reaching these low hours of Qatar XNUMX.
Different destinations for these selections. While the Spanish will have to find their place in the next round with real options against Germany and Japan, the Costa Ricans will have to swallow hard, and thick, against the same Germans and Japanese. May God catch them confessed.