Fernando Torres (3), Cesc Fabregas & Villa are the goal scorers as Spain hit NZ for five; Iraq & SA play out goalless draw

New Zealand 0 – Spain 5 (Confederations Cup, June 14, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Spain demolished New Zealand early on with Fernando Torres claiming an eleven minute hat-trick and Fabregas adding the fourth in the 24th minute. Torres’ first came on 6 minutes and was a terrific shot into the top corner. El Nino claimed the second on 14, finishing from a Villa cut back and the third came three minutes later with a towering header from a left-wing cross by Capdevilla. Fabregas finished a terrific move after yet more great play by Capdevilla. David Villa got in on the act with the fifth three minutes into the second half after good wing play from Torres and some shocking defending from Andrew Boyens.

South Africa 0 – Iraq 0 (Confederations Cup, June 14, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The opening stages of the match were hugely scrappy as neither side could string a series of passes together, but Bafana Bafana claimed the best opportunity when Macbeth Sibaya forced a fingertip save with a 20-yard drive on target. The second half saw some better football from the South Africans, who were the only side looking to win the game, and they should have scored when Dikgacoi’s header appeared destined for the Iraqi net only for Bernard Parker to block the ball on the line.


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