Spain tallies 10 in historic win; Forlán secures Uruguay victory
Spain scored 10 times against Tahiti, seven between Fernando Torres and David Villa, en route to the largest margin of victory at any senior FIFA tournament.
Diego Forlán became Uruguay’s all-time leading scorer in his 100th career international appearance, while keeping his country’s Confederations Cup hopes alive with a 2-1 win against Nigeria.
Here are some of our best notes on those record-breaking games:
• Spain’s 10-goal outburst against Tahiti set the record for most goals scored in a Confederations Cup game. Spain’s six second-half goals also set the mark for most goals in a half at the Confederations Cup.
With 10 goals, Spain’s win against Tahiti becomes the third-most goals scored in a game in its history. In 1933, Spain defeated Bulgaria 13-0, while second on the list belongs to Spain’s 12-1 win against Malta in 1983.
• Fernando Torres scored four goals Thursday, and David Villa added a hat trick of his own. Spain’s duo became the first set of teammates to score four and three goals, respectively, in the same game at a senior FIFA tournament. Torres' and Villa’s hat tricks made them the first and second Spanish players to record three hat tricks during their international careers.
Prior to Torres’ goal binge, the last Spanish player to tally four goals in a game was Raúl against Austria in 1999. Torres earned his 103rd cap against Tahiti, passing Raúl for sixth all-time in Spain. Torres now has 35 international goals for third on Spain’s all-time goal list, nine behind Raúl (44) and 21 behind fellow hat-trick scorer, David Villa (56).
Torres is now the only player with multiple hat tricks in Confederations Cup history (Torres’ first came against fellow Oceania minnow New Zealand in 2009).
• Spain completed 25 passes into the penalty area on Thursday, after being held to six completed passes into the penalty area against Uruguay. While Spain was able to hold Tahiti to two passes completed into the penalty area, the Tahitians did finish with 243 completed passes overall, nine more than Uruguay managed in its earlier game against Spain.
• On the day he earned his 100th cap, Diego Forlán gave his country the win with his left-footed goal in the 51st minute. Forlán’s goal marks his 34th for Uruguay, breaking his previous tie with Luis Suárez for most in Uruguay history.
• Nigeria rallied before the half on John Obi Mikel’s fourth-career goal for his country, his first at the Confederations Cup. While Mikel has four goals in 50 appearances for Nigeria, he has yet to score in 182 Premier League games, the most games by any Premier League midfielder without a goal.
Nigeria’s unbeaten streak came to an end at 18 games. The last team to defeat Nigeria was Peru, 1-0, in a May 23rd friendly in 2012.