Confederations Cup: Spain vs Tahiti

23 Jun


Before I get even farther behind on the match recaps, here is the Tahiti (which my fingers keep wanting to type as Tahini) post. Following the game, I felt pretty bad for Tahiti. 10-0 isn’t a fun score, but apparently the coach & team were just so overjoyed to have qualified for the Confeds, nothing could get them down. Coach Eddy Etaeta, said he was moved to tears during the team’s opening match, he was so proud of them, even though they were defeated 6-1. He also said, playing against Spain would be a dream. It’s nice to see the coach and team remain so proud to represent their country, even though the outcomes weren’t ideal. Spain did them in, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 times, so needless to say there are a lot of goals to look at and I won’t make this post even longer by going on & on. The goals shall speak for themselves…..mostly.



Spain's players pose for a team photo before their Confederations Cup Group B soccer match against Tahiti at the Estadio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro

It was nice to see Sernando on the pitch together, even if it wasn’t by their doing. It was also nice to see Captain Sergio! He wears that armband very well, for club and country.

Spain v Tahiti: Group B - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013

Spain v Tahiti: Group B - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013

Fernando don’t waste no time, does he?? The goal fiesta started early & they kept on coming, steadily, throughout the match.

Goal #1: Fernando Torres/Assist Juan Mata 5′

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.



In the 18th minute, keeper Roche collided with Nando & got his hand trampled on. Ouch! Nando, the friendly giant that he is, made sure to go over and make sure Tahiti’s man was alright.

Goal #2: David Silva/David Villa 31′


Goal #3: Fernando Torres/Juan Mata 33′


Goal #4: David Villa/David Silva 39′

Goal #5: David Villa/Nacho Monreal 49′

Goal #6:Fernando Torres/Jesus Navas 57 ‘

Goal #7:David Villa  64′


Goal #8: Juan Mata  66′

In the 78th minute, a shot from Navas was met with Aitamai’s hand and Spain was awarded the penalty. Fernando was up for taking it but failed to score…he made up for it immediately afterwards.

Goal #9: Fernando Torres/assist Raul Albiol 78′

Spain's Torres scores the team's ninth goal near Tahiti's goalkeeper Roche during their Confederations Cup Group B soccer match at the Estadio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro

Spain's Fernando Torres celebrates with teammate Raul Albiol after scoring his fourth, and the team's ninth goal against Tahiti during their Confederations Cup Group B soccer match at the Estadio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro

Goal #10: David Silva/assist Fernando Torres 89′


Ten goals and there was still more post match goodness to enjoy. Lots and lots of shirtlessness. Hello Cesar’s abs!



Translation via en-prosa:

“They showed overwhelming amounts of passion, love for football, and fair-play on top if it all. I think they’re an example to many other teams of how the game should be played. They might have limitations but their attitude is just fantastic. We’re great fans of the Tahiti National Team.” – Fernando Torres

man of the match

The man with four goals under his belt, was named Man of the Match! I wonder if Sergio gave him a special name for his efforts….



Pics, Gifs, and Video via gfsports, alesiaaa, benzemass, myreligionitsfootball, seanmorrisons, alinnyderis, fuckyeahsernando, sandfords & football-hqs.


9 Responses to “Confederations Cup: Spain vs Tahiti”

  1. Allison June 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    That match was painful to watch. I started crying, “Mercy!” like an extra in Braveheart. That big, gorgeous Tahitian keeper was all on his own back there & even the lads seemed reluctant to keep scoring on him. But I did admire the fair play & sportsmanship displayed by all. That’s what football should be about.

    • Mariko June 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

      I yelled the same thing. Poor Tahiti! I loved how they were so proud and honored to be in the tournament that the final score didn’t matter to them. Their keeper was kinda hot. I’ll agree with you there.

      • Allison June 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

        Yeah, a trip to Tahiti might be in order. 😉

  2. Mariko June 23, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    Was I the only one that noticed how far up Villa’s hand was on Juan’s leg during the team photo? Did he think he needed to cop a feel before the game?

    • Jules June 23, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

      Was just going to comment on that. He’s getting pretty familiar with Silva as well; looks like a nice Valencia reunion on, err, hand.

      Tough game to watch and I’m sure an awkward one to play. Heartwarming to hear the stadium entirely behind Tahiti, though, and I’m glad they managed to score at least once in the tournament. And take the shirts off the boys’ backs.

  3. Lizzie June 23, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    I think Tahiti won over many hearts

  4. GoonerKate June 24, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    Um, I definitely volunteer to comfort the Tahitian goal keeper 😉

    • Allison June 24, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

      Get in line. 😉

  5. Dr Heidi June 24, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    so my Sergio is now captain of the Spanish NT too? *swoon* Okay, time to strut around like the peacock we know he is……with JUST the armband please….everything else must be removed so I can admire ….yeah, the armband! That’s right, the armband……cannot be distracted by other articles of clothing. Can I see it up close???? *yum*

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