Spain go for jugular against tiny Tahiti

20 June 2013 06:46

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque made 10 changes to his starting line-up as he crammed his team with attacking players for Thursday's Confederations Cup mismatch with minnows Tahiti in Rio de Janeiro.

Centre-back Sergio Ramos, who inherited the captain's armband, was the only player to keep his place from Sunday's 2-1 win over Uruguay, while Jose Reina took over from Iker Casillas in goal.

Attacking midfielders Juan Mata, Santi Cazorla and David Silva were added to the line-up alongside strikers Fernando Torres and David Villa, for a game in which the world and European champions will take on a team ranked 138th in the FIFA rankings.

Tahiti coach Eddy Etaeta, who saw his side thrashed 6-1 by Nigeria in their Group B opener on Monday, made two changes.

Goalkeeper Xavier Samin, who was at fault for Nigeria's third goal in Belo Horizonte, was replaced by Mickael Roche, while Edson Lemaire came in for Vincent Simon at left-back.

Spain will qualify for the semi-finals if they win and Nigeria avoid defeat against Uruguay in the day's second group fixture in Salvador later on Thursday.

Starting line-ups in the Confederations Cup Group B match between Spain and Tahiti at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium on Thursday (1900GMT kick-off):


Jose Reina; Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Ramos (capt), Raul Albiol, Nacho Monreal; Javi Martinez; David Silva, Juan Mata, Santi Cazorla; Fernando Torres, David Villa

Coach: Vicente del Bosque


Mickael Roche; Ricky Aitamai, Teheivarii Ludivion, Nicolas Vallar (capt), Edson Lemaire; Henri Caroine, Heimano Bourebare, Jonathan Tehau; Alvin Tehau, Marama Vahirua, Steevy Chong Hue

Coach: Eddy Etaeta

Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (ALG)

Source: AFP