Spain 10-0 Tahiti: Match report
- 20 June 2013 21:56
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
David v Goliath, 138th in the world against first, the world champions against the Oceania Football Confederations Cup winners.
There was only ever going to be one winner but the pluck and guts of the Tahiti side saw them gain more new friends despite their 10-0 defeat.
David Silva scored two and laid on two, while City’s new recruit Jesus Navas made an immediate impact as a second half substitute, assisting two goals and turning in a performance which will have left City supporters licking their lips ahead of the 2013/14 season.
Fernando Torres and David Villa both helped themselves to a hat-tricks to guide Spain towards their expected rout.
Cynical eyes usually view the Confederations Cup as little more than a reconnaissance mission for major nations a year before the World Cup but it’s been different this time around with the level of play and entertainment value far exceeding expectations.
Though this latest encounter was undoubtedly a mismatch, it still delivered big on thrills and storylines, thanks to the fearlessness of the minnows and the quality of the World and European champions.
Tahiti had the whole of Rio’s Maracana Stadium behind them but could only keep the world champions at bay for four minutes.
Fernando Torres gave La Roja the lead with a simple side foot to the goalkeeper’s near post but the expected flurry of goals took time to materialise, with Tahiti holding firm and even getting forward on a couple of occasions.
This stubborn resistance was finally broken again by Silva in the 31st minute when the City man finished off an incisive move with a neat finish past Roche.
Torres made it two in as many minutes when he slotted home and Silva turned architect in the 38th minute with a wonderful through ball for David Villa to notch.
There was an extra level of intrigue for City fans in the second period as new boy Jesus Navas was introduced at the break in place of Sergio Ramos for his first taste of action in this Confederations Cup.
Villa made it 5-0 three minutes into the second half with a cool finish from close range but supporters will have delighted in the sixth which was a goal made in Manchester, with Silva playing in Navas who cut back for Torres to complete his hat-trick.
It was seven on 63 minutes when Villa finished off his hat-trick after a goalkeeping error and Juan Mata made it eight two minutes later after a one-two with Silva.
Spain were awarded a penalty after 76 minutes when a dangerous-looking Navas cross was handballed but, much to the delight of the 71,000 inside the Maracana, Torres hit the crossbar.
He atoned for the miss with his fourth and Spain’s ninth just two minutes later, rounding the keeper and slotting home and they achieved double figures after Navas schemed on the right and rolled the ball into his new club teammate Silva to complete his brace with a fine drive.
Ahead of Nigeria’s meeting with Uruguay later on Thursday night, Spain have still not quite mathematically qualified for the semi-finals as there is still a scenario possible where three teams finish on six points.
They are next in action on Sunday night when they face a tougher test against African Cup of Nations winners Nigeria.