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Friday 23 February 2018

Torres fires four in Spanish fling


Fernando Torres scored four times and missed a penalty as Spain cantered to victory at the Maracana stadium in Rio.

David Villa hit a hat-trick, David Silva scored twice and Juan Mata also netted as Spain went top of Group B.

It took the world champions less than five minutes to take the lead as Torres calmly sidefooted the ball inside Mikael Roche's near post.

Two goals in as many minutes just after the half-hour gave the scoreline the look many had been expecting.

First Villa played a beautiful ball from the edge of the 'D' which Silva latched on to and slotted home low with his left foot in the 31st minute. And just two minutes later Mata's pass allowed Torres to break the offside trap, chip the ball over Roche and slot it into the empty net.

Silva then returned the favour to Villa in the 39th minute as the Manchester City midfielder threaded a ball through and Villa capitalised.

It took just four second-half minutes for Spain to make it five as some clever build-up saw Nacho Monreal square the ball to Villa, who hammered home his second.

And eight minutes later Torres had his hat-trick as he converted from substitute Jesus Navas' cross.

Villa joined Torres with a treble in the 62nd minute as he ran on to a long ball over the top and passed into an open net when Roche came out, but failed to gather.

Three minutes later it was eight as Mata played a one-two with Silva and fired under the body of Roche. Spain were awarded a penalty in the 78th minute as Ricky Aitamai handled Navas' cross, but Torres hit the bar with his spot kick.

He scored his fourth and Spain's ninth just a minute later, finishing coolly. Spain made it 10 as Silva turned in the box and fired home, equalling Tahiti's largest ever defeat, which came against New Zealand in 2004.

Irish Independent

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