Group B action from the Confederations Cup on Thursday is going to be, well, contrasting.
In the day's first matchup, you will probably want to shield your eyes because tournament favorite Spain (three points) will be taking on Oceania representative Tahiti (zero points), AKA whatever the opposite of tournament favorite is.
Going up against an extremely talented Uruguay side in the tournament's first match, Spain put on an absolute clinic.
They knocked the ball around in the midfield, displaying what the beautiful game is truly all about and setting a Confederations Cup record in the process, per Opta Sports:
75,1% - Spain achieved against Uruguay the highest possession of the history in a Confederation Cup´s game. Roller.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) June 17, 2013
Luis Suarez's late free kick made the scoreline 2-1 in the end in favor of Spain, but if felt like the defending World Cup champs were up 10-1 with the way they thoroughly controlled the game.
Tahiti, meanwhile, lost to Nigeria 6-1 in the opener, looking sloppy and altogether on a different (lower) level from a talent perspective.
As such, it's no surprise that this is an actual bet, courtesy of Betfair:
The second match from the group, which features Uruguay (zero points) and Nigeria (three points), should be much more competitive.
Essentially fighting for the second spot in the semifinals, each team will be playing with loads of urgency and will likely push forward.
Considering the strikeforce on each side, that should result in a heap of goals.
Nigeria's electric young Nnamdi Oduamadi, who plays for Milan but has been out on loan the past two seasons, netted a hat trick in the opener and made some history in the process, per ESPN's Paul Carr.
Nnamdi Oduamadi has the first hat trick by an African player at a senior FIFA tournament (WC or #ConfedCup).— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) June 17, 2013
But Uruguay counters with Edinson Cavani, Serie A's top goal scorer, and Suarez, who can do magical things like this when he's not biting other humans:
Despite one match undoubtedly headed for a blowout, Thursday should once again feature a lot of entertaining football.
Here's a look at how you can catch all the action.
Note: A complete look at the Confederations Cup schedule can be found here.
|Team 1||vs||Team 2||Date||Time (ET)||TV||Live Stream|
|Spain||vs||Tahiti||Thursday, June 20||3 p.m.||ESPN||ESPN3 or WatchESPN App|
|Nigeria||vs||Uruguay||Thursday, June 20||6 p.m.||ESPN||ESPN3 or WatchESPN App|