Earlier today, Spain met — and absolutely destroyed — Tahiti in a Confederations Cup match in Brazil (the site of the 2014 FIFA World Cup). Powerhouse Spain — defending World Cup and European Cup champions — shut out Tahiti, 10-0, and set the record for largest margin of victory in the Confederations Cup. The previous record was six goals.
Striker Fernando Torres scored four of Spain's 10 goals and striker David Villa had three. Midfielders David Silva and Juan Mata were responsible for the other tallies.
After the game, Torres complimented the Tahitian team on how they played. "Often inferior teams look to break up the game and get aggressive, they play without spirit or hope," he said. "Standards aside, Tahiti showed a great example of how to go about playing football."
But that didn't stop Tahiti from being realistic about its chances in today's match. "It's impossible for us to win against Spain," coach Eddy Etaeta said before the game. "Our objective is to try to score, or not be scored against, for half an hour. But maybe we can score one goal against Spain, even if it's 15 or 20 against one. It's impossible, yes quite impossible."
The Tahiti squad was able to hold Spain scoreless — for less than five minutes. On the plus side, they didn't give up the 15 or 20 goals their coach predicted.
Photo: Fernando Torres of Spain goes past Mickael Roche of Tahiti to score his team's ninth goal during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group B match between Spain and Tahiti. (Alex Livesey-FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)