Spain vs. Tahiti, 2013 Confederations Cup: Preview and TV schedule

Jasper Juinen

Hopefully Spain play nice and don't beat up Tahiti too badly.

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.

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)

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