Brazil vs Spain
Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro – Confederations Cup 2013 Final- 30 June, 2013
Final score and result: Brazil – 3 (Fred (2′, 47′), Neymar (44′)) Spain – 0
Final attendance: 73,531 ( Referee – Kuipers)
Brazil starting lineup vs Spain Confeds 2013: Julio Cesar, Daniel Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo, Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Oscar, Hulk, Fred, Neymar
Spain starting XI vs Brazil Confederations Cup final:- Casillas, Arbeloa, Pique, Ramos, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Mata, Torres
In the stadium that is hosting the 2014 World Cup final next July 14, 22nd FIFA ranked (???) Brazil humbled the world and European champions Spain with a crushing 3-0 win in the 2013 Confederations Cup final, and in the process ending Spain‘s 3 year record run of 29 unbeaten competitive matches.
Brazil who during the last two weeks had improved with each passing game under the influential eyes of Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari – 5 games, five wins, 14 goals, conceded only 3 goals along with 3 clean sheets. They had climaxed with the 3-0 alienation of Spain rewarding their ever supportive crowd on Sunday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio.
Two goals from Brazilian striker – Fred (Frederico Chavez Guedes), one either side of a fantastic Neymar goal, gave next year’s World Cup their third Confederations Cup trophy in a row and their fourth in total.
Sergio Ramos missed a penalty early in the second half and Gerard Pique sent-off after 68 minutes for fouling the special one – Neymar.
David Lius also made a ‘law of Physics’ defying goal line clearance with Julio Cesar beaten from a well taken goalbound shot from Pedro.
Congratulations to Brazil
Brazil vs Spain 1-0 ( Fred goal vs Spain 2′)
Brazil Spain 2-0 ( Neymar goal vs Spain 44′)
Brazil vs Spain 3-0 ( Fred second goal vs Spain 47′)
Video Credits: Various Goal up-loaders across the Internet.
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Brazil vs Spain Match Commentaries source: 3news.co.nz
90 mins – Play winding down, it’s time to celebrate in Rio, that is an emphatic victory for the Brazilians!
86 mins – Ohhh Brazil prove their heads are in this to the end, David Villa with a super right foot shot, punched with authority by Cesar.
82 mins – Fred makes his way off to a thunderous applause from the home crowd, they love him in Rio! Brazil in celebration mode as they dominate possession, doing a Spain on Spain really. Players trying a few tricky bits a pieces now, not everything coming off. Remember we will have video very soon.
75 mins – Neymar once again leads the troops forward, this has been a dominant display by the home side. Can they make it four?
72 mins – It’s almost celebration time here in Rio the crowd are making plenty of noise as Hulk comes to the sideline. Possibly the best name in international football at the moment, a massive bloke and a fitting name.
68 mins – Oh no! Red card for Gerard Pique, Neymar was on the break and looking dangerous, he dribbled forward and Pique did the rest, clear contact, goal scoring position and the red was shown. Fair enough really. Of course the Spanish players debate the point with the ref but it’s pretty redundant stuff really. Game, set, match.
66 mins – Spain again stream forward but lack the finishing quality, it’s end to end stuff at the moment, high pace, high skill.
63 mins – The visitors enjoying more ball in this second half but just can’t break the Brazilian defence. Oohhh Marcelo with a chance to help Fred to a hatrick but he can’t bend the cross around enough and hits the side netting.
59 mins – Spain can’t really take a trick today, Torres is off, replaced by David Villa. The crowd are still in full voice, riding every challenge, every pass, hoping for another goal.
54 mins – Oohh hold on, penalty awarded to Spain… Ramos steps up to take it..HE’S MISSED IT! Went for the bottom left and simply did not hit the target. Shocker! If Spain were any chance, they really needed that to find the back of the net.
51 mins – Well then, Brazil have effectively shut this game down, with three goals and complete domination.
47 mins – GOAL! FRED SCORES AND MAKES IT THREE! A ball across goal, taken first time from Fred and a sprawling Casillas hand only helped it into to goal. Incredible, Spain are getting taught a footballing lesson here! Video of all the goals will be up as soon as the final whistle goes.
46 mins – Back underway here in Rio, Brazil with the early ball.
HALFTIME, SEE YOU SOON FOR THE SECOND HALF.
45 mins – Wow, that strike just before the break has really put the Brazilians in the box seat, as they head to the break, they lead 2-0 and it’s a long way back for Spain now.
43 mins – The crowd finding their voice once again, chanting at the top of their voice. GOAAALLLLLL! NEYMAR HAS STRUCK FOR BRAZIL! 2-0! Simply stunning from Neymar, he received the ball from Oscar on the left edge of the box, took a touch and then simply smashed a left foot shot into the roof of the net, leaving Casillas with no chance of stopping it. CRACKING GOAL, BRAZIL’S PIN UP BOY MAKES IT 2-0!
40 mins – The crowd well and truly alive as Spain stream forward. Awww what a goal line save from David Luiz, the shot came in and beat keeper Cesar, Luiz was screaming abck and slid in, and somehow managed to flick the ball up and over the crossbar. Incredible. Worth a goal down the other end!
38 mins – A bit of too and fro in the middle of the park, nothing much doing in the last couple of minutes. Spain would dearly love to even this contest up before the break.
35 mins – Iniesta shows some great skills in traffic, avoiding several defenders before drawing the contact and free kick. Xavi can’t do much with the dead ball play though. Neymar with a chance to break away but can’t get free to stretch the legs this time.
32 mins – Another great chance goes begging for Brazil this time they take the direct route up the middle, Neymar weaving his magic before slotting a lovely ball across the face of goal to Fred. The striker has the keeper one on one but Casillas makes himself big and blocks the shot, great save. Nothing comes from the resulting corner.
28 mins – Ohhh Oscar goes down right on the edge of the area, was that a goal scoring opportunity?! The card is only yellow for Ramos much to the Brazilians disgust. No prizes for guessing what the crowd think either. Anyway it’s a free kick to the home side on the right hand corner of the box, Hulk takes it on his left peg but can’t find the target, high and wide.
26 mins – Neymar and Hulk make themselves known on the edge of the penalty area, Ramos with a strong challenge but the ref is happy. Neymar has a tendancy to go down fairly easily.
23 mins – Spain with more ball and earn a free kick from 40 yards. Ramos steps up to the plate but sprays his shot well wide.
19 mins – Here we go, Spain finally with some ball, Iniesta forces a save from Cesar and they get a corner. From that Torres gets a clear header but puts it well over the bar. A it more stat chat, that was the first goal Iker Casillas has ever conceded in a final in his career. Impressive.
15 mins – It fires up once again. This time Neymar takes a tumble after some contact and half the team gets involved, push and shove and plenty of heated words. Shall we stick to playing football lads? Spain seem a bit rattled really, getting involved in that kind of stuff.
12 mins – Ohh Paulinho has a crack from distance and forces Casillas into some smart work at the back, it’s been all Brazil in these early stages, Spain have hardly seen any ball, let alone field position.
10 mins – Both sides are fizzed up for this one, Torres gets a talking to from the ref after a trailing leg caught Marcelo and took him to ground.
8 mins – Awww it’s all Brazil at the moment, plenty of feeling in it…Oscar goes close with a shot that just misses the target. He drops his head into the turf, that was a real chance to get a second.
5 mins – All a bit of a blur with the early goal, the Brazilian crowd are in full voice and so they should be. Spain seem a bit shocked, they can’t hold onto the ball.
2 mins – GOALLLLL! Brazil have scored early in this one and the crowd go nuts! A ball came in from the right side, Neymar brought it down and found Fred who was lying on the ground, who simply flicked it up over Iker Casillas and into the goal!
Kickoff – We are off, amid a sea of chanting and noise, the home side kick off and hold onto the early possession.