Fifa Confederations Cup: Spain v Tahiti, Nigeria v Uruguay

Uruguay edge out Nigeria after Spain thrash Tahiti in the Fifa Confederations Cup.

21 June 2013 Last updated at 01:22

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    So, that's it for the Confederations Cup until Saturday when Italy face Brazil and Japan play Mexico in the final matches of Group A. Both of those matches kick off at 2000 BST and you will find live text and video coverage on the BBC Sport website.

    It's time for me to sign off now, so I can go and dream about one day playing for my country against Spain in the Maracana. Tahiti did it for real tonight, proving dreams do come true.

    See you next time.

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    MANAGER REACTION- Spain 10-0 Tahiti
    Eddy Etaeta

    Fernando Torres managed four as Spain racked up double figures against Tahiti, yet the South Pacific side's manager Eddy Etaeta was still smiling in the post-match news conference.

    "We have to be realistic and work to develop professional players abroad," he said. "I hope when we get back to Tahiti we'll get more respect and support from out population.

    "We have won a major victory here by winning the hearts of the Brazilian public. I think its fair to say we are better known in Brazil than we are in Tahiti."

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    Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    However, I have got some good news for Edinson Cavani. He's up against Tahiti next. If he fails to score against them, I'd begin to get worried for the Napoli striker.

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    Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    Edinson Cavani might not have caught the eye tonight, but I was mightily impressed with Uwa Echiejile and Egidio Arevalo for Nigeria and Uruguay respectively. I reckon both players would fit in well in the Premier League.

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    Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    Former Nigeria striker Efan Ekoku on BBC Three: "You wouldn't have thought Edinson Cavani was worth £40-50m based on his two performances at the Confederations Cup, but let's judge the guy from his domestic season. If he has scored 38 goals for Napoli, he has proved his worth already."

    Danny Mills on BBC Three, BBC Radio 5 live
    Diego Forlan

    "It was a fantastic winner by Diego Forlan and it was a fantastic counter attack. Edinson Cavani's through ball was great because he played it into the space, not feet, so Forlan didn't have to break his stride."

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith in SalvadorNigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    "They talk of the Jongo Bonito (the beautiful game) in these parts, but that was more of a funny old game. Uruguay are all but certain to face the winners of Brazil versus Italy, which I will have the pleasure of watching in this very stadium on Saturday.

    "But for long periods, especially either side of half-time, Nigeria were the better side. The night, however, belongs to Diego Forlan. That was a special goal and having been at the Maracana to see Andrea Pirlo score on his 100th appearance for Italy on Sunday, it was only right that Forlan served up similar fayre this evening. Really enjoyable."

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    FULL-TIME- Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    That's it, all over in Salvador and it looks like Uruguay are in the box seat to make the semi-finals with one game against Tahiti to play. Nigeria need a result against Spain to stand any chance of a final-four spot.

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    Uwa Echiejile has a golden opportunity to draw Nigeria level in the final minute of injury time when the ball finds him from a corner at the far post, but the full-back's shot is blocked by his own player and the chance goes begging.

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    Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    Uwa Echiejile tries to muscle into the box but is stopped in his tracks before Uruguay break and Edinson Cavani's night is capped when he is bundled off the ball in front of goal.

    Mark Lawrenson on BBC Three

    "Sebastian Coates has got such long levers, he's 6'6", and if you get anyone around him who's a bit nippy, he can't get near them. I don't think he's good enough. It's all a bit too quick for him in and around his feet."

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    INJURY TIME- Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    The clock ticks past 90 and five minutes of injury time are announced, shortly after Fernando Muslera gobbled up John Mikel Obi's low, angled shot.

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    SUBSTITUTION- Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    Alvaro Pereira comes on to win his 50th cap for Uruguay in the place of lively forward Cristian Rodriguez.

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    Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    Unfortunately for Nigeria, the free-kick is easily cleared by the towering presence of Sebastian Coates. Just four minutes to go now.

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    The @BBCMOTD vote is now closed. 69% replied #URUGUAY when asked: "Who do you think will progress to the semi-finals?" Thanks for voting.

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    YELLOW CARD- Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    Sebastian Coates has been on the pitch just 60 seconds and now he is in the book for bringing down Ahmed Musa on the edge of the area. This is a good position for Nigeria...

    Mark Lawrenson on BBC Three

    "Luis Suarez is not a happy camper as he walks off."

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    SUBSTITUTION- Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    We're into the final 10 minutes of the match and Uruguay bring on Sebastian Coates to replace his Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez. The last time I saw big centre-half Coates, he was given a torrid time by Oldham Athletic striker Matt Smith.

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    YELLOW CARD- Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    Diego Lugano goes into the book for a cynical foul on Joseph Akpala. That yellow means the skipper misses his side's next match against Tahiti on Sunday.

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    Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    I wonder if Edinson Cavani will develop the same sort of reputation which Zlatan Ibrahimovic has in the UK, whereby many people don't rate him based on his performances in the big matches? The striker is having a mare tonight as he misses with a header from six yards out. It's just not going to be his night.


    Barney Kiddle: Cavani's performance reminiscent of the Olympics last summer, not interested in the slightest.

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    SUBSTITUTION- Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    That will be Brown Ideye's final play in this match as he is hooked and replaced by Werder Bremen forward Joseph Akpala. Within seconds of coming on the pitch, the 26-year-old is booked for taking out Luis Suarez. Instant impact.

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Salvador

    "It hasn't been Edinson Cavani's night here in Salvador. And the crowd are taking great pleasure in reminding him of that. Still time."

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    CLOSE!- Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    Nigeria inches away from an equaliser as Efe Ambrose plays in Brown Ideye but, on the turn, the Nigerian forward has the ball nipped off his toes by Maxi Pereira. Was that the golden chance?

    Mark Lawrenson on BBC Three

    "You have to give some credit to Uwa Echiejile for closing Edinson Cavani down, but even so from that distance, a player of his capabilities should hit the target."

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    WHAT A MISS- Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    Keep your chequebook in your pocket, Real Madrid. Edinson Cavani beats the offside trap by a few yards and bears down on goal but snatches at his effort and blazes his shot into the stands.

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    Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    I'm willing to be corrected, but I can't see either of these two teams causing too many problems to the big boys at next year's World Cup. Discuss.

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    SUBSTITUTION- Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    Nigeria make another substitution as Mba comes on for Ogu. A change to please all live text commentators.


    Will, via text: A Uruguay win blows this group wide open. Tahiti are still in this. All they need is around a 15 swing in goal difference and they'll be playing Brazil in the semis. Easy days.

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    ACROBATIC EFFORT- Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    Brown Ideye has looked one of Nigeria's best outlets tonight and he tries his luck with an overhead kick from the edge of the box which is not good enough to trouble Fernando Muslera. Can the Super Eagles fight back into this match?

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    YELLOW CARD- Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    Michel Babatunde, earning just his second cap for Nigeria tonight, goes into the book for a late challenge on Cristian Rodriguez. We're into the final 30 minutes now.

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    Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    Now it's Uruguay's turn to ping the ball about and let Nigeria chase the ball in the Brazilian heat. I wouldn't write the Super Eagles off just yet though.

    Mark Lawrenson on BBC Three

    "It's a fantastic finish from Diego Forlan but he had absolutely acres of space. Where Nigeria right-back Efe Ambrose went to, I have no idea."

    Diego Forlan

    Oshash: We should have all known Diego Forlan's legs are built for such thunderous shots and accuracy. Silly to not have closed him down.

    Evonne O: Got to admit it was a GREAT goal for Uruguay BUT THE Nigerian defence was SO poor!!!

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith in SalvadorNigeria 1-2 Uruguay

    "Just when you think you can predict how this game is going to go, it surprises you. Uruguay have done almost nothing since scoring that horribly scrappy opener, but this was at the very opposite end of the scale. Wonderful finish by Diego Forlan to cap a fast, fluid counter attack. What next?"

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    GOAL- Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay - Diego Forlan (51 mins)

    That's how you celebrate your 100th cap for your country - by scoring your 34th international goal. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani help switch play to Diego Forlan to the left of the penalty area and the former Manchester United man absolutely laces it first time past Vincent Enyeama. You don't save those - you can close them down at source though.

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    Nigeria 1-1 Uruguay

    Luis Suarez is having a quiet game tonight, losing out to Godfrey Oboabona down the right. I noticed that 67% of you believe he won't be at Liverpool next season. Let me know where you think he will end up. Surely Real won't be signing both Luis and Edinson?

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    Nigeria 1-1 Uruguay

    Nigeria have really grown into this match, passing the ball about with plenty of confidence. Uruguay just can't seem to get themselves going again.


    Bisi Oni: This game might end 2-1 advantage Nigeria. Watch out for the late 80mins+ strikes....

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    Who do you think will progress to the semi-finals? Reply using #NIGERIA or #URUGUAY to @BBCMOTD or go to

    The @BBCMOTD vote will close on the 80th minute. Votes are tallied by an external company

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    KICK-OFF- Nigeria 1-1 Uruguay

    The second half is under way - what is in store for us in the second 45?

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    Another story to come out of Brazil's victory over Mexico on Wednesday is the fact Chelsea and Brazil defender David Luiz will have surgery on a broken nose after the Confederations Cup.

    The 26-year-old defender picked up the injury in a collision with team-mate Thiago Silva during the Brazil's 2-0 win.

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    It's got nothing to do with tonight's action, but I thought you might be interested to know that Howard Webb was "really moved" by the cappella rendition of the Brazilian national anthem in Fortaleza last night.

    "He told me that he had never in his life been present for something like that - the music stopping and people continuing to sing," said Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

    "He told me: 'Felipe, it really moved me.' Coming from an Englishman, that says a lot! We have to thank the people of Fortaleza for their support, which scared the Mexico team a bit at the start, and that's what we needed to do."


    Joy Kothari: Think we know now why Mikel hasn't reached his potential at Chelsea now. He's actually a striker!

    Tokunbo: Nigeria playing well. I am impressed. Apart from Ahmed Musa, he is awful.

    Evonne O: Happy with the score BUT Nigeria MUST do better with the ball but got admit this game is not as good as last night!

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    Nigeria 1-1 Uruguay

    Based on tonight's first-half performance, I wouldn't be reaching for my chequebook to sign Edinson Cavani - that is if the big clubs actually use chequebooks these days. Uruguay need more from their star man in the second 45.

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    The @BBCMOTD vote is closed. 67% of you replied #NO when asked: "Will Suarez still be at Liverpool next season?" Thanks for voting.

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith in SalvadorNigeria 1-1 Uruguay

    "An absorbing half of football that might not have been as high as quality as many we have seen but was utterly committed on both sides. Uruguay for all their undoubted talent have actually struggled after a really bright opening. Their goal came just as Nigeria had begun to find their feet and since then the Super Eagles have really had the better of this contest. The Nigeria players were the last to leave the field at half-time after a long team prayer near the centre circle."


    Eddy, via text: John Mikel Obi's goal was entirely down to very poor defending by Lugano, great servant, but I think he needs to take a back seat now, Cacares as centre back is the future!

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    HALF-TIME- Nigeria 1-1 Uruguay

    Honours even at half-time, but Nigeria are firmly on the front foot following a good start by Uruguay. All to play for in the second half though.


    Monty, via text: Playing badly to keep his transfer fee down? Edinson Cavani is a genius.

    Mark Lawrenson on BBC Three

    "Uruguay are starting to look like an ageing team before our very eyes."

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    INJURY TIME- Nigeria 1-1 Uruguay

    Brown Ideye has a header from a corner tipped over the bar by Fernando Muslera as Nigeria start to take control of this match. Three minutes of injury time held up by the fourth official.

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    SUBSTITUTION- Nigeria 1-1 Uruguay

    A sad end to the evening for Nigeria's Tahiti hat-trick hero Nnamdi Oduamadi as he goes off injured, following a tangle with Egidio Arevalo earlier in the half, and is replaced by Michel Babatunde.

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith in SalvadorNigeria 1-1 Uruguay

    "That was a wonderful moment for the crowd inside the Arena Ponte Nova and a special finish from Chelsea's John Mikel Obi, who is playing, as he always does, in a more advanced role for Nigeria tonight. The stadium erupted after that strike rippled the net and that has just brought this stadium to life. Much cooler now than it was a kick-off with a little bit of a breeze too."


    Evonne O: At last! Nigeria got a shot on target! And it is a MUCH better goal as well!!

    Herschelle Labahn: Was that really Mikel? Composed, Quality, Calmness personified.

    Olayinka Alao: That was beautiful, as beautiful as it could ever be.

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    Nigeria 1-1 Uruguay

    I make that six goals for Chelsea players this evening, with Fernando Torres (4) and Juan Mata scoring for Spain earlier.

    Mark Lawrenson on BBC Three

    "That's a brilliant goal from a Nigerian point of view from John Obi Mikel but you watch Diego Lugano when Mikel takes the ball, he is rooted to the spot. We know Mikel isn't the quickest either."

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    GOAL- Nigeria 1-1 Uruguay - Mikel (37 mins)

    The Super Eagles have lift-off as Brown Ideye plays the ball into John Mikel Obi and the Chelsea midfielder runs rings around Diego Lugano before curling a shot beyond Fernando Muslera. Pick that one out.

    Mark Lawrenson on BBC Three

    "Nigeria's Ahmed Musa gets a little bit scatty when he gets sight of goal. His feet are a bit too quick for his brain."

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    Nigeria 0-1 Uruguay

    Nigeria's Ahmed Musa is causing problems with his pace but a promising move breaks down on the edge of the box as Egidio Arevalo intercepts the danger yet again. Uruguay have a decent little defensive midfielder in 30-year-old Arevalo.


    Kiren: I'm starting to wonder if Cavani is half English because that man never turns up to tournaments just like our team don't.


    Christopher Onwuka: We need set pieces in this game. Take it to them boys! #SuperEagles.

    Mark Lawrenson on BBC Three

    "Efe Ambrose and Uwa Echiejile have pace to burn and every time Nigeria have come down the left-hand side, they have got something whether it's a foul or a free-kick. They are very potent down that side."

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    Nigeria 0-1 Uruguay

    There's not been much quality in the final third from Nigeria as John Obi Mikel's free-kick from out on the left is easily collected by Fernando Muslera. Uruguay turn defence into attack and Luis Suarez twists and turns his marker in the box before his centre towards Diego Forlan is nipped off the veteran's toe.

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    Nigeria 0-1 Uruguay

    I reckon the Nigerian defence was missing the calming influence of lower league legend Efe Sodje there.


    Harry Haslam: Uruguay have had five corners in 19 minutes, Nigeria have had one. That goal was hardly surprising.

    Mark Lawrenson on BBC Three

    "That was a great return of the ball in when it comes back to Diego Forlan. He just hits it first time. Edinson Cavani completely missed the ball, great dummy though, and Diego Lugano scuffs it in. The Nigerian defence switched off, and that's what you get sometimes from young defenders."

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    GOAL- Nigeria 0-1 Uruguay - Diego Lugano (19 mins)

    The goal which could really set this contest up comes courtesy of Diego Lugano. Diego Forlan is the architect with a low cross into the box and, after Edinson Cavani fails to apply a finishing touch, 32-year-old skipper Lugano makes no mistake from six yards out.

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith in SalvadorNigeria 0-0 Uruguay

    "It might not be any more than half full, but the crowd inside the Arena Fonte Nova are generating some fantastic noise and most of it is in support of Nigeria. The Brazilians in this ground tonight clearly don't want Uruguay, the Copa America champions, to win this game. Remember they are likely to play one of these two sides in the last four.

    "The Brazilian fans are revelling in every flick and trick that Nigeria manage to pull off and the Super Eagles appear to be responding to that. Outside the ground the crackle of rockets can still be heard as the protests rumble on. "

    Mark Lawrenson on BBC Three

    "Both teams have come to play, which is good for us. Nigeria have pace all over the pitch, Uruguay don't."

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    Nigeria 0-0 Uruguay

    Brown Ideye, who is rocking a Mohican haircut tonight, has another chance to test Fernando Muslera from a set-piece but he can't get the ball up and over the wall and it goes over the bar.

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    CLOSE!- Nigeria 0-0 Uruguay

    A brief moment of alarm for Uruguay as goalkeeper Fernando Muslera spills Brown Ideye's daisy-cutter of a free-kick but manages to recover and gobble the ball up at the second attempt.

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    Nigeria 0-0 Uruguay

    I'd say the small crowd which is scattered around the stadium in Salvador is firmly behind Nigeria tonight, judging by their excitement when Ahmed Musa flashed a shot wide for the Super Eagles.

    Nigeria team
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    Nigeria 0-0 Uruguay

    Diego Forlan is sporting a shorter haircut these days and the Uruguayan talisman plays a free-kick into Edinson Cavani but the in-demand striker can't quite get the ball under control. Moments later, Cavani heads over from a corner.

    Mark Lawrenson on BBC Three

    "The pace at which Uruguay started the game is just catching Nigeria off guard at the moment. Nigeria have barely touched the ball in Uruguay's half yet."

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    Right then, after this game we will have seen each nation at the Confederations Cup twice. Which players have caught your eye and surprised you with their quality? Let me know via text and tweets.

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    Nigeria 0-0 Uruguay

    The Arena Fonte Nova looks like an imposing stadium with high stands but, unfortunately, there's not too many supporters in tonight.

    Mark Lawrenson on BBC Three

    "It was a decent strike in terms of keeping it down but it was a comfortable save."

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    GREAT SAVE!- Nigeria 0-0 Uruguay

    An early sighter for Nigeria keeper Vincent Enyeama as Cristian Rodriguez takes aim with a dipping volley which is tipped over the bar.


    Ben King: Edinson Cavani has everything. Pace, Strength and an incredible work ethic. He is the kind of striker who Jose Mourinho likes.

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    KICK-OFF- Nigeria 0-0 Uruguay

    Referee Bjorn Kuipers, who was in charge of Chelsea's Europa League final victory over Benfica a few weeks ago, gets us under way.

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    Nigeria v Uruguay (2300 BST)

    The national anthems are proudly belted out by the players of both teams. A quick toss of the coin and handshake between the captains and we're ready to rock and roll.

    Nigeria v Uruguay
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    Nigeria v Uruguay (2300 BST)

    Former Nigeria striker Efan Ekoku on BBC Three: "Expectations have been raised in Uruguay. This is a golden generation. They have won the Copa America and I can understand the reliance on people who have done well for them in the past like Diego Forlan. If they can also get the service to Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, they are world-class strikers."

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith in SalvadorNigeria v Uruguay (2300 BST)

    "Fair to say the stadium is not even half full as the players walk out. Still very warm here in Salvador tonight, with temperatures still around 27c and the humidity high. Having said that, the heat is more likely to give me problems than these two teams."


    Hayzey, via text: "Uruguay to win with style! Luis Suarez was bringing the fight in the uphill challenge against Spain, whereas Nigeria are coming off the back of a previous laid back game with Tahiti. Good to see three strikers up front, I think there's gonna be more fire in the Uruguayan's bellies tonight with Suarez eyeing a hattrick!"

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    PLAYER REACTION- Spain 10-0 Tahiti
    Fernando Torres

    Spain striker Fernando Torres, who scored four goals, told Spain's Telecinco television: "Often inferior teams look to break up the game and get aggressive, they play without spirit or hope. Standards aside, Tahiti showed a great example of how to go about playing football.

    "We have tried to show them respect in every sense. We tried to play well, to play simple football, and to score goals and these goals will be important for the next stage."

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    MANAGER REACTION- Spain 10-0 Tahiti
    Vicente Del Bosque

    Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque, whose side next play Nigeria on Sunday: "We played a good game, we took it seriously and our superiority was evident.

    "I don't think the stadium were against Spain. I think it was more to do with things beyond the stadium. We have seen in the previous game, and in the street, everyone has shown us great affection."

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    Former Nigeria striker Efan Ekoku on BBC Three: "Nigeria boss Stephen Keshi will be disappointed they weren't ruthless enough in the first game. That is a little bit harsh given that the team arrived in Brazil 36 hours before they played and when you play a team like Tahiti it is only natural that you might lack a little bit of concentration. They have risen to to the occasion before and I think we will see the real Super Eagles today."

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    Nigeria v Uruguay (2300 BST)

    Amazingly, for two teams who regularly qualify for the World Cup, Nigeria and Uruguay have never met in a senior international before. They were on a collision course at the 2010 World Cup but, while the South Americans topped their group and eventually finished fourth, the South Americans finished bottom of Group B. Coulda, woulda, shoulda.

    Diego Forlan

    Andrew Priestley: Edinson Cavani's game would really suit the Premier League, but I fear he's Madrid bound. Especially if Higuain leaves for Arsenal.

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    HOW'S STAT?- Nigeria v Uruguay (2300 BST)

    Nigeria have a pretty handy record going into tonight's match - the Super Eagles are unbeaten in their last 18 matches, stretching back to a 1-0 loss to Peru in Lima in May 2012. I imagine those are the types of records you want to hold on to as players.

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith in SalvadorNigeria v Uruguay (2300 BST)

    "For both these teams this is the game that really matters. Both were expected to beat lowly Tahiti, both were expected to lose to the might of Spain. It was how they fared when they played each other that was always going to decide this group.

    "Nigeria have had a less than ideal build-up to this tournament, having arrived late after a row over bonuses and hamstrung by injuries to a number of key players.

    "But there is a togetherness and spirit about this side that means that simply can't be ruled out. Uruguay were disappointed with their lack of cutting edge against Spain, but with Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani leading the line once more they will expect better in Salvador tonight."


    Darren, via text: Cavani a brilliant forward, a perfect signing for Real Madrid to play with Ronaldo.

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    Will Luis Suarez still be at Liverpool next season? Reply using #YES or #NO to @BBCMOTD or go to

    The @BBCMOTD vote will close on the half-time whistle. Votes are tallied by an external company

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    LINE-UPS- Nigeria v Uruguay (2300 BST)

    Nigeria: Enyeama, Ambrose, Omeruo, Oboabona, Echiejile, Ogude, Mikel, Musa, Ogu, Oduamadi, Ideye. Subs: Ejide, Egwueke, Akpala, Mohammed, Kwambe, Ujah, Babatunde, Eze, Mba, Benjamin, Agbim.

    Uruguay: Muslera, Maxi Pereira, Lugano, Godin, Caceres, Arevalo Rios, Gonzalez, Rodriguez, Forlan, Suarez, Cavani. Subs: Castillo, Coates, Gargano, Pereira, Eguren, Hernandez, Aguirregaray, Lodeiro, Perez, Ramirez, Scotti, Silva.

    Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands)

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    Nigeria v Uruguay (2300 BST)

    Speaking before tonight's match, Edinson Cavani was giving nothing away about his future. Except that he fancies a move to Spain.

    "I'm trusted in Naples," he said. "I'm happy to be there. Real Madrid are one of the best clubs in the world, but I do not know what my future will be."

    That's a 'come and get me' if I ever heard one.

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith in SalvadorNigeria v Uruguay (2300 BST)

    "Just arrived at the magnificent Arena Fonte Nova after landing at the airport an hour or two ago. It was a strange journey to the stadium, not least because of the protests that are raging around Salvador this evening, with police clashing with demonstrators for sixth successive night.

    "The other incident of note, was my taxi driver managing to slip stream the motorcade that was escorting the Brazil national team to their hotel. Thousands of local children lined the route to see if they could spot their heroes and there is genuine excitement in this proud region of Bahia to have two games in three days."


    Diego Forlan's star might be on the wane but Edinson Cavani's is rising pretty quickly. The Napoli striker is one of the most in-demand strikers in Europe. I want to know if you think he would suit the Premier League, and also which club you think he will end up at if he does leave Italy. Join the debate on Twitter, #bbcfootball, or send a text to 81111. Lovely.


    Daniel Woodward: Seven goals last night, 10 goals tonight. Can only mean a boring 1-0 scored in the 93rd minute for Nigeria-Uruguay.

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    Nigeria v Uruguay (2300 BST)

    Diego Forlan is a national hero in Uruguay, which is good until the national side starts to struggle. The South Americans are fifth in World Cup qualifying, and coach Oscar Tabarez has had to defend his star man.

    "There are too many factors in football to say that a team depends exclusively on one player," he said.

    "That's not the case. He's a player who has more influence than normal players, which we know. But footballers are human beings. Sometimes the level of their performances oscillates."

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    Nigeria v Uruguay (2300 BST)

    It's going to be a particularly special evening for Diego Forlan, who will be winning his 100th cap for Uruguay.

    "It's a matter of pride, being the first player to play all these matches for the Uruguay team," said the former Manchester United and Atletico Madrid striker. "The match means a lot. Obviously it's 100 matches for me, but it's a key game and we have to win in order to reach the next phase.

    "It's a matter of great pride to wear the light blue shirt so many times, and I hope I can continue doing this."

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    Nigeria v Uruguay (2300 BST)

    So what can we expect from this evening's late kick-off? Well, neither side impressed in their opening match of the tournament and both will want to put on a show. It's also a chance to look at Uruguay's much-vaunted forward line of Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.

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    Nigeria v Uruguay (2300 BST)

    Now it's time to start building up to the other match in Group B. If it's anything like last night's late kick-off between Italy and Japan, it will be well worth staying up for.

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith in SalvadorBRAZIL PROTESTS- Nigeria v Uruguay (2300 BST)

    Brazilian police have once again clashed with protestors, this time in the northern city of Salvador, ahead of the match between Nigeria and Uruguay at Arena Fonte Nova tonight.

    Early estimates put the number of demonstrators on the streets at more than 25,000 but they are being held about 1km from the stadium at present. Police have already used tear gas to disperse the large numbers of people who are gathering to demand social change and help for the poor in Brazil.

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    So with that emphatic win Spain sit top of Group B with six points, Nigeria second with three points and Uruguay third with none. Those two sides face each other at 23:00 BST. Tahiti remain bottom of the standings and though not technically out of the competition yet, overturning a -15 goal difference might be a tad beyond them...

  106. 2203: 
    Spain 10-0 Tahiti

    Thinking back through all of the Spanish goals, not once did they have a crack from outside the box or chuck a cross into the box. All of their strikes followed well-worked team moves.

    Pat Nevin on BBC Three

    "We said all the way through about the high line but the Tahiti defence got higher. Someone needs to explain to them, they did that at extreme naivety. You know what, we didn't do that at under 11s. Someone has to show them how to drop back more at the right times."

  108. 2157: 

    The @BBCMOTD vote is closed. 79% replied #GOOD when asked: "Is Tahiti's involvement good or bad for the tournament?"


    James Stephenson: Nice to see such a display of sportsmanship from players of both Spain and Tahiti.

    Chris Hutchinson: The amount of respect and compassion shown by the Maracana toward the Tahitian players has given me goosebumps. Almost in tears.

    Pat Nevin on BBC Three

    "I enjoyed the second half more. The effort was there from Tahiti. I can understand the feeling from some who feel it devalues the competition, but look at the fans' reaction at the end. In the end the Tahitians will have learned from that experience."

  111. 2154: 

    I reckon Robbie must have had nine on the sweep...

  112. 2154:  
    Robbie Savage on BBC Three

    "They will have great memories from that. I can understand people saying it devalues the standard of the competition but they deserve to be there. Do we really want to see 10-0s in a competition though?

  113. 2153: 
    Spain 10-0 Tahiti

    I don't think I've ever seen a team beaten 10-0 and given a standing ovation by everyone in the stadium. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen a team beaten 10-0.

    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane on BBC Three

    "You can see the Tahiti players getting the souvenirs off the Spanish players, a wonderful occasion for them being here and playing at this stadium. A wonderful moment for the entire nation of Tahiti."

  115. 2150: 
    Spain 10-0 Tahiti

    They might have lost 10-0, but Tahiti's players must feel 10 feet tall as they exchange shirts and high fives with the Spanish players before lapping up warm applause from the thousands packed into the Maracana. A night never to forget for those boys. And my fingers.

  116. 2148: 
    FULL-TIME- Spain 10-0 Tahiti

    Just after the linesman flags Steevy Chong Hue off-side as he tried to race through on goal, the referee blows his whistle and brings this mis-match to an end.


    Emily Bishop: Nice to see that Spain are showing respect to Tahiti; subdued and measured goal celebrations is the correct way to go.

  118. 2146: 
    HALF-TIME- Spain 10-0 Tahiti

    Spain's 10th goal equals Tahiti's heaviest ever defeat as the fourth official displays two minutes of injury time. Two minutes to find a Tahitian hero...

    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane on BBC Three

    "Jesus Navas, really good run by him. Fernando Torres got in the way of David Silva initially but once Silva was on his left foot, never in doubt and a really good finish."

  120. 2145: 
    GOAL- Spain 10-0 Tahiti - David Silva

    A goal to cheer all Manchester City supporters as Jesus Navas gets to the byline and pulls the ball back for David Silva to fire home his second of the evening. Still, Vicente Del Bosque refuses to smile.

  121. 2145: 
    Spain 9-0 Tahiti

    Come on Spain, let them score. Tahiti are starting to pour forward every time they get the ball now.

  122. 2143: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Spain 9-0 Tahiti

    The referee is a party-pooper. Djamel Haimoudi is the most unpopular man in Brazil as Jonathan Tehau goes down in the penalty area and pleads for a penalty. Get up, says the Algerian ref.

  123. 2138: 
    Spain 9-0 Tahiti

    At what point do Tahiti just forget about defence and go "ultra attacking", to coin a Football Manager phrase. A goal will make it all better for the South Pacific side.


    Sean Whittle: Personally I enjoy watching teams like Tahiti. Play for the pride of playing for their country, not the massive pay cheque.

    Andrew Wise: Maracana crowd are amazing tonight. Love the unrelenting support for Tahiti.

  125. 2137: 
    Spain 9-0 Tahiti

    How do you say "we want 10" in Spanish? I expect that's what the world champions' supporters will be chanting in the Maracana now.

    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane on BBC Three

    "Penalties get missed but Fernando Torres has proven what a good finisher he is. That high line once again for Tahiti, I have said it countless times today but naive defending from them."

  127. 2135: 
    GOAL- Spain 9-0 Tahiti - Fernando Torres (78 mins)

    Fernando Torres makes amends for his penalty miss by rounding the keeper and sliding the ball home. Does he have more right to the match ball than David Villa now?

    Fernando Torres
  128. 2134: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Spain 8-0 Tahiti

    Would you believe it? Fernando Torres steps up and his effort hits the bar and goes over. Cue celebrations from Tahiti and their goalkeeper.

    Fernando Torres's penalty
  129. 2133: 
    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane on BBC Three

    "Great movement by Fernando Torres and wonderful ball by Cesc Fabregas. Really unlucky for Torres, he did everything right, got the ball down low, just couldn't find the target."

  131. 2133: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Spain 8-0 Tahiti

    Spain flex their muscles and bring on Andres Iniesta for Santi Cazorla.

  132. 2132: 
    Spain 8-0 Tahiti

    Jesus Navas is a very slight winger with quick feet and he sends in another cross which is claimed by Mikael Roche. Spain almost make it nine moments later when Fernando Torres's effort rolls just wide.


    Dave Philpot: Tahiti are being well supported and actually try to play despite being underdogs. Spain just pass, pass, pass which is boring.

    Chris Haddon: The Tahitian keeper should try a scorpion kick save, that will get his confidence back if he pulls it off.

    Dr Cox: Tahiti can probably beat San Marino. England beat San Marino 8-0? Spain are winning by that much. Shows the class difference.

    Tahiti goalkeeper
  134. 2130: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Spain 8-0 Tahiti

    Another change for Tahiti as Yannick Vero comes on for Edson Lemaire. The South Pacific side have 16 minutes left to deny Spain a double figure scoreline.

  135. 2128: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Spain 8-0 Tahiti

    Mikael Roche manages to deny David Villa a fourth with a fine save from the Spanish striker's free-kick. The keeper's reaction tells me he enjoyed that one.


    Andrew Priestley: The hardest job on the planet tonight? The poor guy who is in charge of updating the BBC football live text feed! Fast fingers are needed!

    I've got steam coming off my fingers, Andrew.

  137. 2126: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Spain 8-0 Tahiti

    A couple of changes to tell you about as Cesc Fabregas comes on for Juan Mata and Tahiti bring on Heimano Bourebare for Lorenzo Tehau.


    Rob, via text: Tahiti qualified as champions of their confederation so deserve to be there. Any suggestion otherwise is sour grapes.

    Paul, via text: Tahiti aren't bringing Spain's standard down. Supporting Spain but they're doing that themselves. Tahiti aren't devaluing it, that's just an ignorant thing to say.

    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane on BBC Three

    "The Tahitian players must be looking at the clock now and wondering how many more goals they are going to concede."

  140. 2122: 
    GOAL- Spain 8-0 Tahiti - Juan Mata (66 mins)

    Make that eight. Juan Mata plays a one-two with David Silva and benefits from a fortuitous deflection off a Tahiti defender before burying a shot past the distraught Mikael Roche. Rout.

    Juan Mata
    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane on BBC Three

    "I felt David Villa was just offside but again Tahiti are just playing that dangerous game. They can drop about five or 10 yards deeper and not allow the Spanish to get in behind them."

  142. 2120: 
    GOAL- Spain 7-0 Tahiti - David Villa (64 mins)

    A moment to forget for Tahiti goalkeeper Mikael Roche as he slips while trying to make a simple interception and allows David Villa a simple tap-in. Who gets the match ball now two players have got a hat-trick?

    David Villa

    Will, via text: Lewis and Ethan: You two are a little harsh. Tahiti deserve to be there they get as much money as Torres does in a day. So they are not letting the standard of play down.

    Paul, via text: To all the naysayers, New Zealand were the last Oceanic representatives and no one complained about them. Pipe down and let Tahiti have their fun!

    Nick, via text: Let's face it, Tahiti's involvement is at least drumming up some interest in this dud tournament. Tahiti won their place. What are they meant to do other than play and get beat? Might as well enjoy it.

  144. 2118: 
    Spain 6-0 Tahiti

    Tahiti, on the rare occassion they get close to the Spanish players, are probably trying to remind their opponents of the gifts they handed out just before kick-off. "Go easy, lads."


    Ash: No one deserves a goal more than Tahiti. If Torres can get 3, so can Tahiti.

    Mike Bell: Been a great few days of sport, really enjoying it. Just checked latest update, and Spain are 6 for no wicket against Tahiti.

    Femi Longe: This isn't a contest; it's a procession. FIFA should do something about sides like Tahiti playing in this kind of tournament...

  146. 2115: 
    CLOSE!- Spain 6-0 Tahiti

    Spain have now equalled the biggest victory in Confederations Cup history - and they almost make the record their own as Jesus Navas again gets to the byline but his new Manchester City team-mate David Silva gets his feet tangled up and fluffs his lines.

    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane on BBC Three

    "It is great play by Spain. Lovely ball back by Jesus Navas but naivety by the Tahiti defence. Fernando Torres did really well to keep that ball down and it was a great finish."

  148. 2113: 
    GOAL- Spain 6-0 Tahiti - Fernando Torres (57 mins)

    Fernando Torres will be leaving the Maracana with the match ball as he arrives in the box at just the right time to sidefoot home Jesus Navas's pullback from the byline.


    Lewis, via text: I agree with Ethan (21:03). Tahiti are only bringing down the standard of football from Spain. They're devaluing the tournament.


    Matt: RE Ethan (21:03): That's a tad harsh, at least Tahiti are giving it a go (unlike San Marino).

  151. 2109: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Spain 5-0 Tahiti

    Tahiti make a change, replacing Alvin Tehau with Teaonui Tehau. Might as well keep it in the family.


    Louis Dasilva: Tahiti should be allowed to play nearest back.

  153. 2107: 
    Spain 5-0 Tahiti

    I'm pleased for David Villa - he's a very unselfish player. On a few occasions tonight he has turned down a shooting opportunity to try and pick out a team-mate in a better position.

    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane on BBC Three

    "Great movement by David Villa. Finished it well. It looks like this could be double figures. Tahiti had a good spell without conceding before the second went in, but towards the end of that first half they looked lie they were tiring and the Spanish kept cutting them up. Has been naive defending at times from Tahiti."

  155. 2105: 
    GOAL- Spain 5-0 Tahiti - David Villa (49 mins)

    It didn't take long, did it? Nacho Monreal gets forward on the left and squares the ball to David Villa for a simple tap-in. Vicente Del Bosque is not smiling just yet on the Spanish bench.

  156. 2104: 

    Is Tahiti's involvement good or bad for the tournament? Reply using #GOOD or #BAD to @BBCMOTD or go to

    The @BBCMOTD vote will close on the full-time whistle. Votes are tallied by an external company

  157. 2103: 

    Steady on Ethan...


    Ethan, via text: I must be one of the only non Spanish people supporting Spain. Tahiti are embarrassing themselves with all of this diving and time wasting, no-ones expecting anything of them so they could at least play with dignity.

  159. 2102: 
    KICK-OFF- Spain 4-0 Tahiti

    We are back under way in the Maracana. Come on Tahiti - bag yourselves a goal...

  160. 2100: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Spain 4-0 Tahiti

    The players are back out on the pitch, and Tahiti look the happiest side I have ever seen considering they are 4-0 down after 45 minutes. Spain have made a change, with Manchester City new boy Jesus Navas coming on for Sergio Ramos.


    Richard Powell: Have a feeling the 'Showboat' is just about to pull in to dock and 12-0 to Spain still looks on the cards.

    Pat Nevin on BBC Three

    "You couldn't help but think 'go on Tahiti' and urge them to get a goal. I would have been delighted to be proved wrong on this occasion and see Tahiti score because Spain have been poor."

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith in BahiaNigeria v Uruguay (2300 BST)
    Ben Smith

    "Warm welcome in Bahia. Now to get to the ground before kick off. Protestors already clashing with police here."

  164. 2052: 
    Spain 4-0 Tahiti

    The possession stats - 63% in favour of Spain - show Tahiti are giving this a real good go. After all, Spain enjoyed as much as 92% possession at times against Uruguay in their opening match of the competition.

  165. 2051: 

    The @BBCMOTD vote is now closed. 64% replied #NO when asked: "Will Tahiti score against Spain?" Thanks for voting.


    Ewan Clark: It was only time before Spain started racking up the goals and now its just a case of how many now.

    Adam Burrage: It could be a goal fest by the end of the game.

  167. 2049: 
    Spain 4-0 Tahiti

    Over on BBC Three, Pat Nevin and Robbie Savage have suggested that Spain have been very poor tonight. Do you reckon Vicente will be getting the hairdryer out for Torres and the boys?

    Robbie Savage on BBC Three

    "I thought Tahiti acquitted themselves very well. Possession stats will be in favour of Spain but lets be fair, they have been poor I feel."

  169. 2047: 
    HALF-TIME- Spain 4-0 Tahiti

    The half-time whistle goes and Tahiti can go into the break pretty chuffed with themselves. They have been far from embarrassed scoreline-wise.

  170. 2047: 
    ACROBATIC EFFORT- Spain 4-0 Tahiti

    David Villa finds himself in plenty of space in the area and picks out Juan Mata but the Chelsea playmaker's scissor-kick sails over the bar.

  171. 2043: 
    INJURY TIME- Spain 4-0 Tahiti

    Have you ever played a game of five-a-side against a team of ringers? That's what this game is like. One lot know their way about the football pitch, the others just know their way to it. One minute of injury time.


    Chris Hutchinson: Well that escalated quickly...

    Paul Watson: Tahiti to win 5-4, heard it here first!

  173. 2040: 
    Spain 4-0 Tahiti

    I wonder if Tahiti have seen the film 'Escape to Victory'? Perhaps they can tunnel out of the dressing room at half-time?

    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane on BBC Three

    "It was poor defending by Tahiti - again playing that high line and that is such a dangerous game to play against the pace of the Spanish. Great ball by David Silva and great composure from David Villa, who basically passes it into the goal."

  175. 2038: 
    GOAL- Spain 4-0 Tahiti - David Villa (39 mins)

    No mistake from David Villa this time as he collects another worldy pass from David Silva and calmly slots past Mikael Roche. That's his 54th international goal.

    David Villa
  176. 2038: 
    CLOSE!- Spain 3-0 Tahiti

    It's like shooting practice for David Villa now as he controls the ball in the penalty area and fires a shot into the side-netting. Just seven minutes left for Tahiti to hang on until half-time.


    Shyamia Tanna: Torres must think he's dreaming! Chances he brings this form to Stamford Bridge - nil!

    Jordan: This is the Spain we know.

  178. 2033: 
    GOAL- Spain 3-0 Tahiti - Fernando Torres (33 mins)

    Those wanting a cricket score for sweep purposes are cheered as Fernando Torres makes it three by sliding into an empty net after goalkeeper Mikael Roche came rushing out and was outfoxed by the Chelsea striker.

  179. 2031: 
    GOAL- Spain 2-0 Tahiti - David Silva (31 mins)

    The Tahiti supporters in the Maracana are still celebrating, despite Spain doubling their advantage through David Silva's cool finish after a marvellous angled ball by David Villa.

    David Silva
  180. 2031: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Spain 1-0 Tahiti

    Tahiti goalkeeper Mickael Roche is enjoying it at the moment, saving Santi Cazorla's shot before watching Fernando Torres fail to pick out David Villa with a simple pass in the penalty area. Over-elaborate from Spain at times.

  181. 2029: 
    Spain 1-0 Tahiti

    I bet Steevy Chong Hue was almost exploding with excitement when he managed to race 50 yards with the ball just then. He dreamt about that moment last night - only it ended in a George Weah-like goal in his sleep.


    Ashley Bishop: The best form of defence is far it seems to be working for Tahiti!

    Iwan Jones: Tahiti holding their own at the minute, a lot of spirit and grit from the amateur.

  183. 2026: 
    Spain 1-0 Tahiti

    Marama Vahirua steps up to take the free-kick but fires it straight into the wall. At least Steevy Chong Hue has something to tell the grandkids now after winning a free-kick against the mighty Spain.

    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane on BBC Three

    "Great run and brilliant close control. Good defending by Spain and really unlucky to concede the foul but a good, driving run from Steevy Chong Hue."

  185. 2025: 
    Spain 1-0 Tahiti

    Tahiti are awarded a free-kick 30 yards from goal when Steevy Chong Hue's 50-yard run is halted....

  186. 2024: 
    Spain 1-0 Tahiti

    Spain's greatest threat tonight seems to be Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta on the right side. However, it's his Blues team-mate who almost doubles his tally for the night when Fernando Torres swings his boot in the area and fires a shot straight at Mikael Roche.


    Mark Adamson: In my life I haven't wanted a team to score more than I do Tahiti tonight.

    Eweobaja Olumuyiwa: Seems the whole world is against Spain this night. Massive support for Tahiti.

  188. 2022: 
    Spain 1-0 Tahiti

    To be fair to Spain, they are not letting Tahiti settle on the ball - instantly getting stuck in to win the ball back. I could do with the Europeans going through the gears here as I look to win a few quid in the work sweep.

  189. 2018: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Spain 1-0 Tahiti

    Are Spain going to get stick for not scoring enough tonight? They seem happy to stroke the ball about as Tahiti chase shadows in the Rio heat.

    Cesar Azpilicueta does manage to get in on the inside but his cross is taken off the foot of Fernando Torres by Mikael Roche. I think the Tahiti goalkeeper deserves a 'great save' graphic for that one as he receives treatment for a knock sustained in the challenge.


    Ben Runcorn: "The depressing realisation that Tahiti have a better passing game than the current England team...."

    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane on BBC Three

    "Really good defending by Cesar Azpilicueta - good pace and good strength as he saw it through safely to Pepe Reina in the Spain goal. Tahiti are getting bodies forward and looking to attack and certainly playing in a positive manner."

  192. 2015: 
    Spain 1-0 Tahiti

    We've a break in play while Tahiti goalkeeper Mickael Roche gets a team-mate to tie his shoelaces. That's another sixty seconds when Spain haven't scored...


    Henry, via text: Poor Pepe Reina, the one rare time he actually gets to play for his country and he'll barely even see the ball in his half never mind touch it.

  194. 2013: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Spain 1-0 Tahiti

    Tahiti's Steevy Chong Hue goes charging through on goal but is muscled off the ball in the penalty area by Cesar Azpilicueta. More than 70,000 people plea for a penalty, but the referee rightly refuses to cave.

  195. 2011: 
    CLOSE!- Spain 1-0 Tahiti

    Fernando Torres has probably been looking forward to tonight for the last six months. He is played in on goal by David Villa but puts his shot over the bar. Just 1-0 after 12 minutes... Tahiti will take that.


    Matt: This will be a loooong night for Tahiti.

    Jordan: To be fair that was a good finish by Nando.

    Ben Dalton: Fernando Torres' goal v. Tahiti met by amusing chorus of boos from crowd. The poor guy can't win (though Spain will tonight).

  197. 2009: 
    Spain 1-0 Tahiti

    A barnstorming run down the left by Marama Vahirua ends with Tahiti being awarded a free-kick. It comes to nothing, but it certainly gives the excitable Maracana crowd something to cheer.

  198. 2008: 
    Spain 1-0 Tahiti

    This is going to be a long 90 minutes for Tahiti as the Spanish forwards realise they can boost their national goal tally immeasurably tonight. As soon as they get the ball, they lose it within two or three passes.

    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane on BBC Three

    "The Tahiti goalkeeper went down very early but a lovely interchange from Spain and wonderful finish by Fernando Torres."

  200. 2004: 
    GOAL- Spain 1-0 Tahiti - Fernando Torres (4 mins)

    Tahiti's brave four-minute resistance is broken as Juan Mata and Fernando Torres exchange passes before the latter slides in at the keeper's near post. Floodgates. Open.

    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane on BBC Three

    "Tahiti are certainly well drilled, the defence pushes up at the same time but they have to be careful not to play that high line especially with David Villa waiting to take advantage."

  202. 2001: 
    Spain 0-0 Tahiti

    The Maracana crowd is firmly behind Tahiti tonight, booing Spain as they begin knocking it around within seconds of the match starting.


    Krishan Korpal: They may not be world beaters but the pre-game formalities shows that the Tahiti lads have got a lot of class.

  204. 1959: 
    KICK-OFF- Spain 0-0 Tahiti

    On paper, this is the biggest footballing mismatch in history. Let's see what transpires in reality. We are under way in the Maracana.


    Lewis Stark's: I will do 50 press ups and donate £2 to charity for every goal Spain score tonight.... Totals will double if Tahiti score!

    Gambroom: Unless Tahiti win 1-0 or Spain win 32-0, this game will be disappointing.

    Tallah Usmani: Tahiti should line their 11 up on the goal-line for 90. Don't have to chase the ball around and probably wont concede either.

  206. 1957: 
    Spain v Tahiti (2000 BST)

    Lovely scenes after the national anthems as the Tahiti players give their Spanish opponents a necklace and pendant ahead of the match. That might help their cause later. Nobody likes to beat up a good guy.

    Spain v Tahiti
  207. 1955: 

    There are seven Premier League players in the Spanish starting line-up tonight. Will they be hungrier than the regular starters tonight?

  208. 1954: 

    Here they come, the Spain and Tahiti national teams make their way to the Maracana pitch in preparation for the national anthems. Will Spain be back here for the World Cup final next year, I wonder?

  209. 1953: 
    HOW'S STAT?- Spain v Tahiti (2000 BST)

    Spain's ruthless streak - and their generation of world-class players - probably explains why they have not lost a match since November 2011. Since that 1-0 defeat to England, they have won 18 and drawn five of their 23 matches. In their last 13 matches they have scored 33 goals. Yep, they can play a bit.

  210. 1951: 

    I'm with Dan on that one. I dread to think how much Spain's bench is worth tonight. It's akin to the Incredible Hulk having your back.


    Dan, via text: RE: 1924. Now that is the best bench of all time! Unlikely to ever be beaten.

  212. 1949: 
    Spain v Tahiti (2000 BST)

    The sentiments of Vicente Del Bosque and Andres Iniesta don't bode well for Tahiti, yet their manager Eddy Etaeta believes there will come a point when the Spanish take their foot off the gas.

    "I don't think Spain will want to score a lot of goals," said Etaeta. "I know Vicente Del Bosque. He is a person with a lot of humility and respect. He won't say to his players, 'go and play, play against Tahiti and score a lot of goals.' I don't think so.

    "It is not the objective for Spain to score a lot of goals against Tahiti. I think Spain, world champions, respect us."

    BBC pundit Pat Nevin on BBC Three

    "Some people have been saying that the Spanish dominance of football is fading, that will hurt them so they will want to show they can win tournaments and trophies. I think this tournament does mean a lot to them. Every Confederations Cup tournament I have watched the teams taking part take it seriously."

  214. 1945: 
    Spain v Tahiti (2000 BST)

    That no mercy line was being echoed by Andres Iniesta ahead of the match. Although the Barcelona midfielder doesn't start tonight, he doesn't expect his replacement to take it easy.

    "We will show them the utmost respect but we want to score," the Barcelona playmaker said. "Our main objective is to win the game, play well and get the three points and advance in this tournament.

    "But Tahiti have nothing to lose and showed a great spirit against Nigeria. To me it does not matter if the opponents are less well known or not, they deserve to be respected and we will do that."

    BBC pundit Robbie Savage on BBC Three

    "It doesn't matter what system they employ tonight, it is basically about the players and the players are not good enough. In the FA Cup we will see non league teams against Premier League teams. That is a big difference but not as much as this. The gulf here is massive. If Tahiti play nine at the back Spain will still find a way through."

  216. 1942: 
    NIL-NIL- Spain v Tahiti (2000 BST)

    I'm not sure what type of scoreline will please Vicente Del Bosque tonight, considering the fact he has virtually told his players to keep pretending the score has been reset to nil-nil.

    Perhaps his lads can try to remember what it was like having a power-cut halfway through a game on the computer, meaning you had to start the match from scratch again.

    "We've all played against weak opponents and it is difficult because you have to face them with the right competitive spirit," the great manager said. "I ask them not to look at the scoreboard."


    Daniel Hatcher: Tahiti to cause the biggest shock in world football and win 1-0 tonight with Torres missing a heard it first.

    BBC pundit Robbie Savage on BBC Three

    "If you are a player in the Spanish team tonight you will want to get as many goals as you can. As a player, when you look back on your career, the stats will say something like 35 caps and 27 goals. It doesn't matter who those goals were against, all that matters is how many goals you score for your country."

  219. 1938: 
    TEAM NEWS- Spain v Tahiti (2000 BST)

    Alistair Magowan reports: "Spain demonstrate their strength in depth by shuffling all but one of their team… and still field a team that could be potential World Cup winners! Sergio Ramos is the only player remaining from the win over Uruguay and the Barcelona quartet of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Cesc Fabregas make way. In come the likes of David Villa, Juan Mata, and David Silva to support Fernando Torres up front.

    "Tahiti's Jonathan Tehau remains in the side after his historic goal against Nigeria, with coach Eddy Etaeta making two changes. Mikael Roche gets the glory/ignominy of replacing Xavier Samin in goal while Edson Lemaire starts instead of Vincent Simon in defence. Could be a busy evening for the pair!"

    BBC pundit Pat Nevin on BBC Three

    "I did say early on in this tournament that I didn't think Tahiti would get a goal, even a corner, but they have done that. Well done Tahiti, but I will make the same statement for tonight's game."

  221. 1936: 
    Spain v Tahiti (2000 BST)

    Over on BBC Three, they are reliving the fantastic moment when Tahiti scored against Nigeria in their opening game. I've certainly not seen many better goal celebrations than Tahiti's canoe effort.


    Billy, via text: RE 1920: Marc - incredibly Archie Thompson was dropped for the next match too!

    He should have bagged 14, Billy

  223. 1936: 
    Spain v Tahiti (2000 BST)

    For Tahiti, tonight's match is a bit like a child playing football against their Dad in the back yard. You want him to go easy on you, but you know you've earned it more if you have to work hard for it.

    And Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has promised his side will make Tahiti earn anything they get tonight.

    "The best sign of respect for a football player is that the rival takes the game seriously and plays seriously," Iniesta said. "We respect them like any other team. We're going to play and try to win and score goals. For their part, they'll try not to let in goals and score."

  224. 1934: 
    LIVE NOW- Spain v Tahiti (2000 BST)

    Just to let you know that coverage of Spain versus Tahiti has now started on BBC Three. You can also watch the match online or through the BBC Sport app on your smart phone or tablet. Get involved.


    Will Tahiti score against Spain? Reply using #YES or #NO to @BBCMOTD or vote here.


    Darren Giles: 30 minutes away from what is possibly the biggest sporting mismatch we'll ever see. Go easy on them, Spain.....

  227. 1930: 

    Will Tahiti score against Spain? Reply using #YES or #NO to @BBCMOTD or vote here.

    The @BBCMOTD vote will close on the half-time whistle or if Tahiti score. Please note that votes are tallied by an external company, which uses IP addresses and cookies to process the results. For more information, go to

  228. 1926: 
    UNFINISHED BUSINESS- Spain v Tahiti (2000 BST)

    You'd imagine that Spain and Tahiti's players are about as familiar with each other as Howard Webb is with the barber's chair. However, that is where you would be wrong. These two have previous after they met at the 2009 Under-20 World Cup.

    Spain won 8-0 that day, with Jordi Alba and Cesar Azpilicueta both starting for Spain against seven of Tahiti's Confederations Cup squad. You could actually say that the South Pacific side have unfinished business...

  229. 1924: 
    LINE-UPS- Spain v Tahiti (2000 BST)

    Spain: Reina, Azpilicueta, Albiol, Sergio Ramos, Monreal, Cazorla, Javi Martinez, Silva, Mata, Torres, Villa. Subs: Casillas, Pique, Iniesta, Xavi, Fabregas, Pedro, Soldado, Busquets, Arbeloa, Jordi Alba, Jesus Navas, Valdes.

    Tahiti: Roche, Aitamai, Jonathan Tehau, Vallar, Ludivion, Lemaire, Vahirua, Bourebare, Caroine, Alvin Tehau, Chong Hue. Subs: Meriel, Wagemann, Faatiarau, Teaonui Tehau, Atani, Aroita, Lorenzo Tehau, Tihoni, Simon, Vero, Hnanyine, Samin.

    Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)

  230. 1920: 
    RECORD BREAKERS?- Spain v Tahiti (2000 BST)

    If the goal do fly in tonight, people will be scurrying for the record books. But there's no need - we've already done that. Spain's record win was 13-0 against Bulgaria 80 years ago while Tahiti's biggest ever defeat is currently 10-0 against the mighty New Zealand.

    However, both scorelines are a long way short of the record for an international football match, which was set when Australia beat American Samoa 31-0 in April 2001 - Archie Thompson scoring 13 times in that game.

    The referee that day? Well, it was Ronan Leaustic... from Tahiti.


    Chris Crompton: I'm afraid to say this but Germany are the most likeliest team to dominate!!

    Dr Feel Good: I believe Germany can rival Spain in the next few years as players like Kroos and Ozil get even more experience.

    Andy Oliver: Has to be the Germans. An up and coming young team that's gelling together well.

  232. 1914: 
    Spain v Tahiti (2000 BST)

    So how can Tahiti, with a population of just 180,000 people, possibly stop Spain tonight? Well, after taking good luck wishes and listening to some tactical advice from Joe Kinnear, their manager Eddy Etaeta outlined his masterplan to the media.

    "We are highly realistic," Etaeta said. "It's impossible for us to win against Spain. Our objective it to try to score, or not to be scored against, for half an hour. But maybe we can score one goal and against Spain, even if it's 15 or 20 against one. It's impossible, yes quite impossible."


    Evonne O: Do hope Tahiti WILL show the spirit they showed in the match V Nigeria even they are going to be trashed by Spain.

  234. 1909: 
    BREAKING SPAIN TEAM NEWS- Spain v Tahiti (2000 BST)

    Spain have made 10 changes to their team for tonight's clash, with only Sergio Ramos keeping his place in the starting eleven. I tell you what though... Spain's second team would probably win the Premier League. Juan Mata, David Silva, Santi Cazorla, David Villa, Fernando Torres all start.


    So while you get your mates together and have a sweep on how many goals Spain will score tonight, let's look into the future in a little more detail. Basically, after winning the last two European Under-21 Championships, are we set for another decade of Spanish domination in world football? If not, who can stop them? You can join the debate on Twitter, using #bbcfootball, or send a text to 81111. Get twexting.

  236. 1905: 
    Spain v Tahiti (2000 BST)

    Yep, it may sound like one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences which spring up in shops around Christmas time - except this is for real. Tahiti's part-time footballers haven't delved under the tree and unwrapped an hour's drive around Silverstone in a Ferrari. Nope, for 90 minutes the eyes of the footballing world will be on them as they somehow try and keep it respectable against the best international team on the planet. Good luck, lads.

  237. 1900: 

    Imagine being thrown into the ring with Mike Tyson, facing an over from Curtly Ambrose or having to mark Jonah Lomu. You'd probably come out swinging and hope the pain inflicted wasn't too severe.

    Tahiti's footballers will probably be thinking along the same lines when they take to the field against world and European champions Spain in the Confederations Cup this evening.

    "For us, it's a bit like Christmas and we are like children going to the Christmas tree to pick up the presents," said Tahiti coach Eddy Etaeta.

    Somehow, I fear the only thing they will be picking up will be the ball out of their net...

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