Tahiti, who had started their Confederations Cup campaign with a poor 6-1 loss to Nigeria, weren’t feeling too confident ahead of their second Confederations Cup match against Spain, and who could blame them? Their chances of getting even a draw against the World Champions were very minimal, and knowing this, Eddy Etaeta lined up a defensive squad in a 5-4-1 formation. On the other hand, the biggest concern for Vicente del Bosque’s men was not whether they would win but rather by how many goals they would win. Del Bosque went for an offensive 4-3-3 formation.
As expected, Spain managed a record 10-0 win courtesy of four goals from Fernando Torres, three from David Villa, a David Silva brace, and one Juan Mata beauty, in a game which they completely dominated. Tahiti kicked-off the game in an odd manner, with their first kick going out for a throw-in. They enjoyed a few seconds of domination to the delight of the crowd, but it wasn’t long before Spain netted their first one. Pairing with his Chelsea teammate Juan Mata, Fernando Torres was able to get away from the Tahitian defenders and score inside the near post to Mickael Roche’s right.
Tahiti were able to prevent a goal for the 25 minutes that followed, although Spain still managed to dominate the game. Spain had a good chance to make it 2-0 in the 18th minute but Mickael Roche managed to stop Fernando Torres’ run, hurting himself in the process. The 30-year-old AS Dragon man was able to continue the game after receiving treatment, but nothing had changed in Spain’s game. Roche conceded his second goal on the hour-mark when David Silva picked up a David Villa ball and scored with his dangerous left foot from 8 yards. Tahiti were lucky not to have conceded more goals at this point, as they had managed to prevent Villa and Torres from scoring moments earlier.
Spain added a third goal quickly after their second with another Fernando Torres strike, assisted by David Silva. Mickael Roche, who had come off his line, was easily defeated by the Chelsea striker. Tahiti managed to get what would be their only corner of the night, but it bore nothing. Spain, who were now clearly on a scoring mission, managed to get a fourth one shortly after this, and David Villa was the man. The Barcelona man, who had been searching for a goal for the whole first half, finally got his goal thanks to a good David Silva pass. Spain went into the break with a very comfortable lead and having enjoyed 63% possession. At this rate, it would take Tahiti a miracle to come back!
Del Bosque introduced Manchester City’s Jesus Navas for captain Sergio Ramos at the break to clearly intensify his attack and score more goals. He didn’t have to wait too long as his side got a fifth early into the second half. David Villa picked up a Nacho Monreal pass from his left and shot confidently past Roche from inside the box. Eddy Etaeta responded by making his first substitution, bringing on AS Venus Mahina’s Teaonui Tehau for his cousin, Alvin Tehau. This move didn’t really change the game, however, as Spain were able to score their sixth minutes later. Fernando Torres completed his hat-trick in good fashion after picking up a Jesus Navas pass and slotting easily past Roche.
Not long after Torres had gotten his hat-trick, David Villa completed his own hat-trick when he scored Spain’s 7th with an assist from a Mickael Roche mistake. This brought Villa’s tally to 56 goals for Spain in 89 games. The Tahitians were having a terrible game until then and there were still 26 minutes left to play. Fernando Torres consoled Mickael Roche, but Spain knew there would be more goals.
Just seconds after their 7th, Spain got their 8th from Juan Mata. Mata got the ball from fellow English Premier League man David Silva and shot from a good position with his weaker right-foot. The Chelsea man was soon substituted for Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas. Etaeta immediately responded by introducing another Tehau, (AS Tefana’s Jonathan Tehau) for AS Dragon’s Heimano Bourebare. Once again, this change changed nothing for the Tahitians.
Mickael Roche was able to soon save two David Villa attempts after Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla’s had been unsuccessful, but nothing had changed. Both managers made their final substitutions, Etaeta bringing on Yannick Vero on for Edson Lemaire and del Bosque Andres Iniesta for Santi Cazorla. Spain were awarded a penalty 12 minutes from time when Tahiti left-back Ricky Aitamai handled the ball inside the penalty area. Fernando Torres stood to take the penalty but was unsuccessful and hit the crossbar instead, to the delight of the Tahiti faithful. Their little moment of joy was, however, short-lived, when the same man scored Spain’s 9th just a few seconds later after a good run and rounding-off the Tahitian goalkeeper.
Spain finally finished off their game, reaching double figures with a tenth goal courtesy of a good run from David Villa, assisted by a Fernando Torres pass. Tahiti were unable to get a consolation goal in the few minutes that remained, meaning that Liverpool’s Pepe Reina, who had been almost undisturbed throughout the game, finished with a clean sheet.
With this win, Spain broke a Confederations Cup record, which had been held by Brazil for 12 years for an 8-2 win over Saudi Arabia in 1999. Brazil had beaten Australia by six goals to nil two years earlier in 1997 as well. This was the first time a club had reached double figures in Confederations Cup history. Tahiti managed only one shot on goal against Spain’s 19, and only one corner versus 5. Spain enjoyed 62% possession against 38% overall. Fernando Torres was voted Budweiser Man of the Match for his quartet of great goals.
Written by Ange Marline