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CONFEDERATIONS CUP FERNANDO TORRES netted four times as Spain smashed sorry minnows Tahiti 10-0 in the Maracana last night.

The reigning world and European champions produced a professional performance against the Oceania nation to set a record winning scoreline for the competition in one of the most mismatched fixtures in competitive history.

It also equalled Tahiti's heaviest-ever loss, a World Cup qualifier against New Zealand in 2004.

A crowd of more than 70,000 were firmly behind Tahiti - a country with a population of only 170,000 - after their 6-1 loss to Nigeria in their opening match.

But Torres, Juan Mata, David Villa's treble and a David Silva double made it a comfortable win for La Roja as they marched into the last four.

With just one goal in the opening 33 minutes Tahiti looked to be frustrating the Spanish but the floodgates opened as the parttimers tired in the last hour.

The islanders were given a slight reprieve when Torres fired over the bar from the penalty spot minutes before he made it 9-0.


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 21, 2013
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