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Jun 19, 2013

Tahiti coach: Spain 'impossible' to beat

RIO DE JANEIRO -- You'll never hear another coach talk as frankly as Tahiti's Eddy Etaeta, acknowledging in public what everyone knows.

He says it's "impossible" his team of amateurs will defeat World Cup champion Spain on Thursday in the Confederations Cup, a mismatch if ever there was one.

The coach went a step farther. Spain could score 15 or 20 goals against his South Pacific islanders at Rio's Maracana stadium, even though Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque promised to use reserve players and rest captain and No. 1 goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

Del Bosque and midfielder Andres Iniesta said Spain would not hold back. They said doing so would show a lack of respect for Tahiti, a nation of only 180,000 which is representing Oceania in the eight-team warm-up for next year's World Cup.

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