Spain recorded their biggest win at the FIFA U-20 World Cup by scoring eight times without reply against Tahiti at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo. Luis Milla's side netted four in the first half and four in the second to take them to the top of Group B.
As expected, the first-half was one-way traffic. Spain had over 70 per cent of possession, 11 shots on goal and took a four goal lead into the interval. Indeed, they were three nil up after just 17 minutes.
In the 11th minute, Jordi Alba found Fran Merida with a cross from the left and the Arsenal midfielder's shot cannoned off the boot of Teheipuarii Hauata and into the path of Niguez, who gratefully sidefooted home. The Celta Vigo man made it two six minutes later when Sergio Asenjo's clearance was misjudged by a Tahiti defender, presenting the No7 with a one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper - and made no mistake.
The goalscorer turned provider twice in the 17th and 32nd minutes of the game, supplying striker Emilio Nsue for Spain's third and fourth goals, which were taken well by the Real Sociedad man.
The pace of the game slowed after the restart, with Spain in complete control of the play. Yet at times they were guilty over over-passing and as a result they created little in the way of clear cut chances. When Tahiti did receive the ball, they equipped themselves well, attempting to pass the ball fluently and push forward at whenever possible.
The closest Spain came in the opening 25 minutes of the second half was when Merida played a superb ball to Nsue, who rattled the crossbar with a sumptuous half volley. When Spain scored their fifth, it was something special; Merida getting the goal his efforts deserved with a long-range effort which flew past the outstretched dive of Hauata.
Kike netted a swift brace in the 79th and 86th minutes and Ander Herrera completed the rout a minute from time, as Tahiti slipped to the biggest defeat suffered by a side from Oceania in this competition.