All three of Chelsea's boys started for Spain against Tahiti, and they logged a total of five goals and three assists as Oceania's representatives at the Confederations Cup were handily demolished 10-0. Fernando Torres is the big story -- he notched four times (and should have had more) as well as grabbing an assist in the final stages.
The striker opened the scoring in the fourth minute after a one-two with Juan Mata opened up space down the right side, and with Mikael Roche cheating for a cross Torres slotted in at the near post. He then accidentally stood on the keeper as he tried to charge down a cross from Cesar Azpilicueta and should have scored another after a knock-down from Mata.
His second was genuinely good, however -- a neat flick drew in the Tahiti defence and Mata played in a first-time ball behind the minnows' high line. Torres latched onto possession, rounded Roche, and slotted in. By now it was 3-0, and any thought that Spain would stopped pressing was vanishing. Although Tahiti kept it to four at the break, the defending world champions added another series of goals in the second half, including Torres' third and Mata's first, which... well, Tahiti.
There was a moment of comedy when Torres missed a penalty with about fifteen minutes left (he hit the crossbar), but considering he scored his fourth goal a minute later it's hard to get on him too much for that one. He tried hard and deserved his goals. Mata was also too good for Tahiti, which why am I even writing this. He played 69 minutes.
Despite the goals being the focus of the game, I thought Azpilicueta was the most impressive out of the Chelsea three. He defended superbly and did very well on the attack. The competition is rubbish, of course, but when you compare his work to Nacho Monreal's on the left, it's hard not to come away impressed.
Anyway. Spain are better than Tahiti. Who knew?!
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Torres missed penalty