Spain are fulfilling expectations with a 4-0 half-time lead over Tahiti, although they have been far from at their best. In perhaps the biggest mismatch in the history of a major international competition, the result between world and European champions and the Oceania minnows has never been in doubt. The only question was over just how many goals Spain would rack up.
When Fernando Torres executed a one-two with his Chelsea teammate Juan Mata before squeezing it inside the near post of Tahiti goalkeeper Mikael Roche after just five minutes, it looked like a massacre could be on the cards. But Spain failed to immediately build on that advantage as their slow tempo and often poor final pass allowed Tahiti to hold firm.
That was until a mini avalanche arrived on the half-hour mark. David Silva got the second goal after taking David Villa’s pass and sliding the ball low into the far corner. And just two minutes later Torres got his second of the contest. Tahiti’s highline cost them dear as the striker burst clear on goal and dinked the ball over the advanced Roche before finishing into the empty net. And the first-half scoring was complete courtesy of Spain’s all-time record scorer. Villa controlled a pass from Silva and poked a low shot to claim his 54th goal for his country.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque made 10 changes to the lineup that beat Uruguay 2-1 in their opening game, with Sergio Ramos the only survivor. A second-straight victory for Spain would put them on the verge of a place in the semifinals, while it would all-but confirm Tahiti's early exit from the competition in Brazil.
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