Spain 10 (Torres 5, 33, 57, 78, Silva 31, 89, Villa 39, 49, 64, Mata 66)
Maracana, Rio de Janeiro. Temp. 25°C, wind 7 mph, passing clouds. Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)
Spain: Reina, Ramos (Navas 46), Albiol, Monreal, Azpilicueta, Silva, Martinez, Cazorla (Iniesta 76), Torres, Villa, Mata (Fabregas 69).
Tahiti: Roche, Ludivon, Tehau J, Vallar, Lemaire (Vero 74), Bourebare (Tehau L 69), Tehau A (Tehau T), Caroine, Aitamai, Vahirua, Chong-Hue.
Spain effortlessly brushed aside Tahiti to record their second win in the 2013 Confederations Cup and register the highest winning margin in the competition history. It was a real mismatch and it went according to script for the Spanish although it took some time for the floodgates to open. In the end, Tahiti were completely outclassed but playing against the world champions in front of a large crowd at the Maracana was an experience never to forget.
Tahiti began as they did in their first match against Nigeria by falling behind in the fifth minute. Fernando Torres was the scorer with an assist by his Chelsea team mate Juan Mata. However, just as everyone was expecting the Pacific islanders to crumble, the deluge of goals failed to materialise and Tahiti managed twenty five minutes without conceding a goal. Spain’s attempts to boost their goal difference were repeatedly thwarted until David Silva got the second in the thirty first minute.
From two nil onwards the goals did start to come thick and fast. Fernando Torres got his second of the game two minutes later and David Villa opened his personal account for the season in the thirty ninth minute to make it four nil at the interval. He doubled his tally four minutes after the restart and the goals continued to come at regular intervals throughout the second half. Fernando Torres completed his hat-trick in the fifty seventh minute and David Villa followed suit seven minutes later following an unfortunate fumble by goalkeeper Mikael Roche. Juan Mata got in on the scoring act to make it 8-0 just two minutes later.
Tahiti did well to contain the scoring for a period following that goal and even survived a penalty after Aitamai handled a cross on the edge of the box. Torres struck the spot kick against the bar, but he wasn’t to be denied for long as he soon found himself one on one against the goalkeeper and kept his nerve to notch up his fourth of the night. It fell to David Silva to round off the rout in the final minute and bring the score up to double figures.
Nothing is mathematically certain in Group B yet, but it will be a surprise if Spain fail to qualify now that they have a plus eleven goal difference. They would need to lose very heavily to Nigeria in their final match and Uruguay to beat both Nigeria and Tahiti to be knocked out before the semi finals. Uruguay play Nigeria in the other Group B game in Salvador tonight.