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Tahiti's mission impossible

Published 2133 GMT (0533 HKT) June 20, 2013
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Tahiti form a huddle before their showdown with World and European champions Spain. The minnows are ranked 137 places below their opponents and eventually lost their Confederations Cup match 10-0 in Brazil. Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images
Before the game Tahiti's players presented each man in the Spanish squad with a necklace. Here, Steevy Chong Hue puts one round the neck of Cesar Azpilicueta. Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Tahiti had huge support among the 71,000 crowd at the famous Maracana stadium in Rio, from a clutch of their own supporters, as well as the neutral fans who threw their weight firmly behind the underdogs. Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images
Fernando Torres grabbed four goals in Spain's victory, but the biggest cheer of the night came when he missed a second half penalty. Michael Regan/Getty Images
David Villa registered a hat-trick as Spain cut through Tahiti's rearguard time and time again. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Tahiti goalkeeper Mickael Roche had his busiest evening on a football field as Spain peppered his goal. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Tahiti's players lap up the acclaim from the stands at the end of the match. Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty images
There was a heavy police presence on the streets in Rio before the match in response to the ongoing protests in Brazil. Michael Heiman/Getty Images