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Spain Smack 10 Past Tahiti

As predicted, Spain romped to a double-figure victory over part-timers Tahiti - winning 10-0 in their Confederations Cup clash on Thursday night.

The Spaniards saw Fernando Torres grab four goals, David Villa a hat-trick, a brace for David Silva and Juan Mata was also on the scoresheet.

The opening goal took just five minute to arrive when Torres was played through and he rifled a shot in at the near post after the goalkeeper had got his angles wrong.

The Tahiti stopper, Mikael Roche, would make up for that early error with some superb saves to deny Spain the epic result that some had suggested was on the cards.

Roche denied Santi Cazorla in the 29th minute before Torres failed to pick out Villa moments later. A second would finally arrive for Spain in the 31st minute though when Silva passed the ball home while Torres slipped past the goalkeeper to net his second two minutes later.

Villa hit the side netting in the 35th minute but soon made it 4-0 when he calmly converted a perfect pass from Silva before the break.

The floodgates really opened after the interval with Villa sliding the ball home after a decent cross from Nacho Monreal before Torres completed his hat-trick by finishing off a swift team move.

Villa completed his treble next when he fired past Roche who had come off his line and missed the ball while Mata lashed a powerful low drive over the line after busting through in the 66th minute.

Torres nodded a chance wide as Spain walked through at will while the Chelsea man hit the crossbar from the spot in the 78th minute after Tahiti had handled.

The striker made amends just a minute later when he galloped clear of the Tahiti defence before rounding the goalkeeper and hitting the empty net.

The world and European champions would then hit double figures in the 89th minute when Silva found the bottom corner on the turn after good work from Jesus Navas.


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