Wins for Spain and Uruguay in the Confederations Cup

Clive Mason

Pepe Reina got the start in goal for Spain as they overwhelmed Tahiti, and Luis Suarez was eventually replaced by Sebastian Coates for Uruguay, who earned a narrow victory over Nigeria in the nightcap.

Spain 10: lots of people
Tahiti 0

This ended poorly for Tahiti despite some valiant first-half fightback; Fernando Torres scored four, David Villa had a hat-trick, David Silva scored twice, and Juan Mata got in on the fun that wasn't really all that fun. Pepe Reina had very little to do in one of his first competitive starts in a long while, thankfully ending his recent streak of conceding every time he set foot on a pitch for Spain. Up next is Nigeria, who will be eliminated from the competition if Uruguay win against Tahiti on Sunday.

Nigeria 1: Mikel 37'
Uruguay 2: Lugano 19', Forlan 51'

Better from Uruguay but not necessarily Luis Suarez, who turned in another slightly off performance before being replaced with Sebastian Coates. Exciting to see that Coates is alive, but not thrilled with the facial hair situation that continues to descend into uncontrolled madness. Of similar importance is the actual match, in which Diego Forlan earned his 100th cap and scored the winner, while Coates managed to earn a yellow card in the brief time he was on the pitch. Uruguay will now face Tahiti and subsequently secure their spot in the semi-finals, with Nigeria likely the odd man out.

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