Spain defeated Tahiti 10 – 0 in Confederations Cup

Fernando Torres

Spain defeated Tahiti 10-0 on Thursday in Group B of the Confederations Cup at the Maracana Stadium.

Spain’s manager Vicente Del Bosque made 10 changes to the team that defeated Uruguay 2-1 on Sunday. Of the 11 starters from Spain’s Confederations Cup opener, only central defender Sergio Ramos remained.

Iker Casillas, Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Alvaro Arbeloa, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, Pedro and Roberto Soldado all moved from the starting eleven to the bench. Pepe Reina, Nacho Monreal, Raul Albiol, Cesar Azpilicueta, Javi Martinez, David Silva, Santi Cazorla, Villa, Torres and Juan Mata took their places.

Tahiti came into the match ranked 137 places below Spain in the latest FIFA rankings facing a literally impossible task.

“We are highly realistic,” Tahiti coach Eddy Etaeta said before Thursday’s match, for Sports Illustrated. “It’s impossible for us to win against Spain. Our objective is to try to score, or not to be scored against, for half an hour. But maybe we can score one goal and against Spain, even if it’s 15 or 20 against one. It’s impossible, yes quite impossible.” 

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