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FIFA Confederations Cup

10 days to go: Spain hit double figures


Spain ran amok during their group stage game against Tahiti at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 in Brazil, scoring ten unanswered goals (10-0).

Fernando Torres (4), David Villa (3), David Silva (2) and Juan Mata (1) all got in on the act to put the scoreboard at the Maracana into double digits. It could have been more but Torres hit the bar from the penalty spot, which made the whole stadium celebrate as if Brazil were lifting a trophy inside the hallowed arena. Support for the underdogs was amazing throughout the tournament.

In the end, the Tahiti players were not too upset. After the final whistle they queued at the locker rooms to grab a souvenir – a shirt from reigning world champions Spain.

Tahiti set a new record for goals conceded at the Tournament of Champions that year, shipping 24 in three heavy defeats. However, the very fact they qualified for the Confederations Cup was a success in itself. When Jonathan Tehau, who comes from a footballing family on the small South Pacific island, headed in from a corner against Nigeria in his side's opener to give his country their first and only goal at the tournament, there was unbridled joy among the Tahitians. 

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