Gary Neville doubles down on his predictions that Spain will struggle to score in the World Cup despite watching them pass Costa Rica seven times… as fans mock him for having ‘flashbacks’ to a sad Valencia side who ‘had no goals’
By Adrian Bishop for Mailonline
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Fans have taken to social media to make jokes at Gary Neville’s account after the pundit called Spain toothless ahead of the opening match of the World Cup.
Speaking on ITV before the match, the former Manchester United star questioned the attacking ability of Luis Enrique’s team: “It’s okay but there are no goals in it.”Read:Italian GP: Charles Leclerc ‘confident’ Ferrari has pace to hold off Max Verstappen at Monza
Despite Neville’s comments, the 2010 competition winners fanned out against Costa Rica in their Group E debut, scoring seven times against their hapless opponents.
Gary Neville claimed ‘no goals’ in Luis Enrique’s Spain side ahead of their World Cup opener against Costa Rica.
The Euro 2020 semi-finalists then proceeded to set a World Cup record by smashing seven goals past their opponents.
First half goals from Dani Olmo and Marco Asensio and a Ferran Torres penalty made Spain take the lead early before a second goal from Torres, and shots from Javi, Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata completed the rout after the first half.
After the result, Neville explains that the real test for Enrique’s team will come when they face stronger opponents in their group.
“We can’t measure Spain at all,” Neville said. “I know they play Germany on Sunday so I’m looking forward to seeing them in that match.Read:Real Madrid 0-4 Barcelona: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores twice in El Clasico to day
Costa Rica is the first team in 32 years at the World Cup not to shoot on goal. Forget the goal, they didn’t shoot on goal the whole game.
Despite not retracting his comments immediately after the match, fans on social media were quick to point out how wrong the 47-year-old was.
Fans took to social media after the match to mock Neville for his inauspicious comments
@Biggies_MaIIs shared a video of Neville’s pre-match analysis with the sarcastic comment: “That’s exactly why Gary Neville is the best analyst in the field. Absolute spot here tbf.”
Another user added: “Gary Neville claimed there were no goals in pre-match for Spain only for them to score 7. hair.”
Other online fans took aim at Neville’s botched stint in charge of Valencia, noting the irony of the 7-0 scoreline after the La Liga side infamously succumbed to a seven-goal defeat by Barcelona in 2016 while under the former England international’s tutelage.
Anderology wrote: “I bet this game gives @GNev2 PTSD from his time in Valencia”
While another user shared a photo of Neville from the infamous defeat along with the caption: “Gary Neville claims no goals in pre-match for Spain only for them to score 7.”
Ben_Mattinson_ wrote: “Obviously he knows nothing about Spanish football, he’s got flashbacks to the Valencia team he had no goals in.”
But Neville took to social media to jokingly double down on his comments after the result
Another user wrote: “Gary I think your Valencia team could have beat Costa Rica 7 times”
Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague mocked Neville after the result, writing: ‘It’s okay, @GNev2. I was thinking exactly before the game. What do we know!! Football, eh!
But despite receiving an outpouring of derision for his ominous comments, Neville jokingly doubled down on his opinions in response, writing, “I guess we’ll be proven right!”