Spain vs Tahiti
20 June 2013 20:00 GMT 20/06/2013 20:00:00 GMT
Ref: D. Haïmoudi
Estadio Jornalista Mário Filho (Maracanã)
Attendance: 71,806
  • Fernando Torres 5', 33', 57', 78'
  • David Silva 31', 89'
  • David Villa 39', 49', 64'
  • Mata 66'
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Spain 10-0 Tahiti: Torres nets four in Rio rout

Spain were in complete control at the Maracana, demolishingTahiti 10-0 on Thursday to edge towards a spot in theConfederations Cup semi-finals.

With the world's top ranked team facing off against a side 137places lower, pre-match predictions heralded a double digitscoreline and la Roja did not disappoint, with Fernando Torresscoring four times, and David Villa adding a hat-trick of hisown.

The Chelsea striker struck either side of a David Silva effort,before Villa added Spain's fourth just before the break to giveSpain a 4-0 half-time lead.

Spain's record goalscorer would add his 55th and 56th internationalgoals in the second half, alongside a Juan Mata piledriver andanother pair of efforts from Torres, who also missed a penalty,before Silva added the 10th goal a minute from time.

Vicente del Bosque put out a completely different team to the onethat beat Uruguay 2-1 on Sunday, as Javi Martinez, Santi Cazorlaand Mata were all handed starts after appearing as substitutes atthe Itaipava Arena Pernambuco.

It did not take Spain long to get the ball rolling, but Tahitikeeper Mikael Roche will no doubt be disappointed at the ease withwhich he let Torres’ shot slip past his grasp at the nearpost.

Torres had a chance to make it 2-0 five minutes later, but heopted, and failed, to lob the keeper, when Villa was in acres ofspace waiting for the tap in.

Certainly, the vast majority of the fans inside the Maracana werebehind the minnows from French Polynesia, with every incursion pastthe halfway line greeted with a deafening roar.

But such forays were few and far between, as Spain continued todominate proceedings despite rarely playing above a leisurelypace.

The stadium was brought to their feet once again after abarnstorming run from Steevy Chong Hue was halted by a cynical RaulAlbiol challenge, but Marama Vahirua could not get the free kickpast the wall.

Jonathan Tehau blocked on the line from Juan Mata, and Roche wasagain able to tip away from Cazorla as the second Spain goal loomedlarge and duly arrived on the half-hour mark when Villa slipped inSilva behind the full-back for an easy finish.

And moments later, Torres made it 3-0 after breaking the offsidetrap, rounding Roche and prodding home.

Villa nearly added a fourth 38 minutes in when he blasted into theside netting at the far post, but the Barca striker would make nomistake seconds later, sliding into an empty net after Spainoverloaded on a five on one break.

With a double-digit scoreline in sight, Spain did not let up. Villawas at it again four minutes after the restart, arriving firstahead of a queue of Spain players to bundle in Nacho Monreal’scross.

Torres completed his hat-trick in the 57th minute when he convertedfrom close range thanks to a square pass from Jesus Navas, who setup a similar chance moments later for Silva, who missedbadly.

Villa would join in on the treble fun just past the hour, takingadvantage of a missed interception by Roche to finish into an emptynet to make it 7-0.

Spain’s players seemed to be almost queuing up to score and Mataquickly added their eighth goal after bundling his way past thedefence and drilling into the bottom corner.

But Roche, so often left stranded for the majority of Spain’sgoals, made two smart saves in quick succession to save fromVilla’s free kick, and a long-range effort by Cazorla.

With 12 minutes remaining, Ricky Aitamai conceded a penalty afterhandling Navas’ cross, but Torres smacked the spot-kick off thecrossbar, to an enormous eruption of delight from the crowd.

However, Torres would silence the fans somewhat seconds later,latching onto Raul Albiol’s pass and sprinting in behind thedefence with ease to finish.

At this point, the only question remaining was whether Spain wouldreach double figures and Silva would achieve the symbolic feat inthe 89th minute, turning and firing home from eight yards to roundoff a rout for the ages.


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