Expect Spain to change their entire team or close to it against Tahiti on Thursday afternoon. While the Tahitians put up a decent showing for most of their 6-1 defeat to Nigeria, there's obviously a bit of a different between Nigeria and Spain, as good as the Super Eagles are. A team of Segunda players would be favored over Tahiti, so Spain's senior B team should fare just fine.
If you're expecting a record win for Spain ... well, don't expect them to be that mean. La Roja's biggest ever win is a 13-0 thumping of Bulgaria in a friendly back in 1933. Between Spain's fetish for passing in circles for minutes on end and Tahiti's reasonably competent showing against Nigeria, double-digit goals don't seem terribly likely.
Also, they have a guy who's better than Lionel Messi.
VAHIRUA IS BETTER THAN MESSI #GoTahiti— Tahiti Football (@TahitiFootball) June 17, 2013
Match date/time: Thursday, 3 p.m. ET
Venue: Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
TV: ESPN (U.S. - English), UniMas (U.S. - Spanish), BBC Three (U.K.), Sportsnet World (Canada)