In the space of 3 hours the Fifa Confederations Cup was transformed from a bore fest into a goal fest thanks to a ruthless display of attacking football from Spain at the Rustenberg Stadium on Sunday evening.
The game was practically over after only 17 minutes on the clock as Liverpool striker Fernando Torres completed his hat-trick with a powerful header. Torres opened the scoring in the 6th minute with a brilliant curling shot from just outside the penalty area which left the keeper with no chance, a world class finish.
Torres doubled Spain’s lead 10 minutes later when a completed a flowing move as Riera played in David Villa with a through ball and the Valencia striker squared the ball to Torres who kept his composure to calmly side foot the ball into the New Zealand net. Three minutes later Torres showed why he is rated as the best striker in the world when he grabbed his third goal with a powerful header from Capdevilla's cross. This wasn’t going to be pretty for New Zealand with Spain showing no signs of letting up.
Cesc Fabregas scored their fourth in 24 Minutes with a simple tap in from Capdevilla’s pull back as Vincente Del Bosque’s side went into the break with a 4 goal lead.
It looked like there would be more of the same in the second half when Villa made it 5-0 three minutes after the re-start after Andy Boyens silly mistake at the back gifted the Valencia striker with a goal. After that goal Spain took their foot of the gas somewhat with the game over as a contest. They score could easily have been 8 nil were it not for simple misses from Fabregas, Villa and Capdevilla.
Last night Spain showed South Africa how to play the beautiful game, with attaching football that would put the likes of Barcelona and Arsenal to shame.