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Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal v Tahiti

Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal played against everyone's favourite team. Here's a report of it.

Happy times await!
Happy times await!
Michael Regan

Spain made 10 changes to their lineup, and thus, Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal got to start against everyone's favourite Pacific Island nation, Tahiti. Tahiti, who lost 6-1 to Nigeria, were hoping to keep the score to around 10. They did, losing 10-0. They didn't show much in attack, but they did cause Monreal to have to block a cross and make a couple of tackles, which is probably more than he expected. For Spain, though, most of the match was about the attacking side.

Cazorla, playing in a double pivot with Javi Martinez, but effectively playing as a second #10 with Juan Mata, showed some nice touches, and took a vicious shot on 30 minutes, which Tahiti goalkeeper Michael Roche pushed away. Minutes later, he sent through a lovely through ball past the Tahitian high line for Fernando Torres, who Torres'd the chance.

After losing the ball when winning 4-0, Santi got uncharacteristically annoyed, and fouled a Tahitian midfielder leading a counter attack, and got a yellow card.

At half-time, Vicente Del Bosque changed Spain's shape to a 3-1-3-3, taking Sergio Ramos off for Jesus Navas, who went wide on the right. With Martinez dropping into the back three, Cazorla was now Spain's deepest midfielder; however, don't expect to see this blog calling for that to happen at Arsenal any time soon. Nacho Monreal played as a wingback.

4 minutes into the second half, Villa scored again to make it 5-0. This time, the provider was our very own Nacho Monreal, who made an advanced run down to left, ran onto Juan Mata's throughball, and cutback for Villa.

Realising that even Fernando Torres could get a hattrick, Santi Cazorla started ripping shots from range, desperate to get on the scoresheet despite his deeper role. Unfortunately, none were as good as his shot in the first half, and Cazorla was taken off with 14 minutes to go for Andres Iniesta. Monreal played the full game, and didn't really do anything else of note.