Spain Destroys New Zeland in Confedrations Cup Debut

Diana AguilarContributor IJune 15, 2009

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 14:  Fernando Torres of Spain looks on during the FIFA Confederations Cup match between New Zealand and Spain at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 14, 2009 in Rustenburg, South Africa. Spain won the match 5-0.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

The UEFA European champions showed this Sunday why they are the best, dealing New Zealand a humiliating defeat of 5-0. This is the first appearance La Furia Roja has made in the Confederations Cup tournament.

With national pride on the line, Fernando Torres was the first to score for his country, when he received a pass from comrade Cesc Fabregas to put the ball beyond New Zealand goalkeeper Glen Moss. The keeper's desperate dive wasn't enough to stop Torres' fantastic shot which flew to the top left corner of the net.

At only six minutes into the game, the Spaniards led 1-0 and things would only get sweeter for La Selección. Torres found another shot at the 14th minute when Villa and Nando linked up in the the New Zealand box, Villa passed the ball to Torres who calmly shot again for another goal.

Fernando didn't have to wait long to make his stats read three goals, as he scored a beautiful header off a Capdevila cross and that found the back of the net. Moss, like the first two shots, was unable to do a thing to stop it.

With the crowd chanting in admiration, "Torres Torres," everyone knew that Spain had New Zealand on the ropes. Continuing the onslaught, Cesc Fabregas contributed to his teams fantastic lead by adding a goal of his own at the 24th minute.

With the first half gone, The All Whites hoped to come back into the game strong, but the football gods weren't on their side that day as Spain added another tally at the 58 minute by Villa.

With 69 minutes gone, Torres was taken of the pitch as he was replaced by David Silva. The celebrated striker with twenty goals for Spain, tied in seventh place with Julio Salinas on the all-time scoring chart.

Vicente Del Bosque’s side ended up taking the win, the end result being 5-0 in Spain's favor. Very impressive return in their first Confederations Cup game. Hopefully Spain will keep their momentum and crush Iraq when they face them this coming Wednesday.

Match Stats: Spain 5-0 New Zealand

Spain: Casillas, Ramos (Arbeloa, 54), Albiol, Puyol, Capdevila, Xabi Alonso, Sabih (Cazorla, 54), Cesc, Riera, Villa, Torres (Silva, 69)

Goals: Torres 6, 14, 17, Cesc 24, Villa 58

New Zealand: Moss, Lochhead, Vicelich, Elliott, Brown, Smeltz (James, 76), Killen (Bright, 84), Bertos, Brockie (Christie, 26), Mulligan, Boyens