Fernando Torres LiverpoolDefending European champions Spain had no problem crashing New Zealand in the 2009 Confederations Cup opener currently taking place in South Africa in preparation for the 2010 World Cup. Liverpool striker and Spanish international Fernando Torres scored 3 goals in the span of 11 minutes (in the first 17 minutes of the game nonetheless) to lead his team to the massive 5-0 victory. Fabregas and Villa scored one goal each to embarrass the Oceania champions. Villa also had two assists from Torres’ two of three goals; let me remind you that Villa is an acquisition target for Real Madrid and also Chelsea so a good performance in the Cup will increase his value, transfer fee, and paycheck. So far, he is doing a great job.

In the second game of the day, South Africa (the 2010 World Cup hosts) and Iraq (the Asian champions) played to a scoreless draw in a game that will not be remembered. Confederation Cup action continues today with the USA playing World Cup holders Italy and Brazil (the South American champions) taking on Egypt.

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