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New Zealand crushed by Spain in Confederations Cup

New Zealand were defeated 5-0 by Spain in their opening clash in the Confederations Cup on Sunday.

A Fernando Torres hat-trick did the damage for La Furia Roja as they blitzed to a 4-0 lead inside the 25-minute mark of the match.

The Liverpool ace curled a shot into the top right corner in just the sixth minute to open the scoring before adding a second just eight minutes later.

His hat-trick was completed in the 17th minute when he headed home after Joan Capdevila crossed from the left wing.

The Spaniards then went ahead 4-0 when Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas tapped in from another Capdevila pass in the 24th minute.

The All Whites seemed to have no answer to Vincent Del Bosque's game plan of quick passing and possession but they managed to stop some bleeding by conceding just one more goal for the encounter.

That came courtesy of David Villa three minutes after the re-start, effectively ending the contest.

New Zealand next meet hosts South Africa on Wednesday as European champions Spain take on Asian champions Iraq.

Andrew Slevison
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