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Brazil on top of the world for now
by Paul Kennedy, June 30th, 2013 8:17PM

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[CONFEDERATIONS CUP] Brazil beat Spain, 3-0, with a dominating performance in the final of the Confederations Cup to set itself up as the favorite to win next year's World Cup.

Having undergone one coaching change and taken heavy criticism in the last year, la Seleção will also have gotten the Brazilian media off its back en route to its third straight Confederations Cup title.

Four years ago, Brazil trailed the USA 2-0 at the half before rallying to win 3-2 in the Confederations Cup final. This time, Brazil scored after only 94 seconds and coasted to victory.

Spain, which entered the game with a world record 29-game unbeaten streak in competitive matches, never had a chance against Brazil, which intimidated it with its high-pressure game.

Fred was laying on the ground when he lifted the ball past Spanish keeper Iker Casillas to open the scoring after Hulk played a ball into the area the Spanish defense could not handle.

Brazil sliced the Spanish apart all night, getting goals from Neymar -- his fourth of the tournament -- and Fred -- again -- on either side of halftime to go ahead, 3-0.

Spain's nightmare continued as Sergio Ramos missed wide with a penalty kick that could have brought it back to within two goals with a half an hour to play, and then Pique was sent off for a foul on Neymar.

-- Italy edged Uruguay 3-2 in a shootout to take third place following a 2-2 draw. Gianluigi Buffon saved three penalty kicks in the shootout.

June 30 in Rio de Janeiro
Brazil 3 Spain 0. Goals: Fred 2, 47, Neymar 44.
Brazil -- Julio Cesar; Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Paulinho (Hernanes 88), Luiz Gustavo, Oscar; Hulk (Jadson 73), Neymar, Fred (Jo 80)
Spain -- Casillas; Alvaro Arbeloa (Azpilicueta 46), Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba; Iniesta, Xavi, Mata (Navas 52), Busquets; Pedro, Fernando Torres (David Villa 59),
Red card: Spain -- Pique 68.
Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Att.: 73,531.



10 comments
  1. Alexandr Kotlyachkov
    commented on: July 1, 2013 at 2:09 a.m.
    Brazil team Luis Felippe Scolari and Carlos Alberto Perreira showed excellent playing against Spain. Neymar will play in Bacelona together with Messi. Maracana in Rio is the main footbal place in the world. Togeher with Morumba in Sao Paolo.

  1. Carl Hudson
    commented on: July 1, 2013 at 10:35 a.m.
    Brazil was much faster and more physical than Spain. Good Spanish midfielders like Iniesta and Xavi were made to look bad in the first half, due to the pressure. The 3-0 score was about right.

  1. Kent James
    commented on: July 1, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.
    Brazil deserved the win, but I'm not so sure it was as dominant as it was savvy. The first 10 minutes, Brazil dominated. Then Spain got its possession game going, and started to create some chances. But Brazil did two things that capitalized on Spain's weaknesses very well; first, they defended "aggressively" all over the field. This tactic depended on the leniency of the referee, since almost any time a Spanish player got the ball there was contact. Iniesta must have been fouled 15 times. Not maliciously, but annoyingly (or in a more positive way, tenaciously). And since the referee never gave a card for persistent infringement, this benefited Brazil. Not the typical Brazilian jogo bonito (in fact, a tactic the US could use). But the referee should have at least tried to keep this strategy in check by giving a few cards. Where the Brazilians excelled was in the counter; they attacked with speed and skill, and exposed the weakness of the Spanish defense; speed over distance. And Brazilian finishing was dramatically better than Spain's (exemplified by Ramos' PK miss, though in terms of justice, I thought the PK should never have been awarded in the first place; contact doth not a foul make...). So the Brazilians showed how to beat Spain; let them have the possession (but harass the heck out of them), and counter with speed and skill. The question is, how do you beat Brazil? I guess everyone has a year to figure that out...

  1. John Soares
    commented on: July 1, 2013 at 1:05 p.m.
    Brazil deserved the win! Spain lost a game. Yes an important game, but still only one game. They will continue to dominate because they are at their peak. Hardly a single change in the line-up over the last six years. Brazil however could be scary in the next few years. Neymar and Oscar are very young and still growing into their position and responsibilities. David Luis, Paulinho and Gustavo have only been regulars in recent games. Fred a positive surprise and while Hulk did not have a great tournament Brazil has several forwards more than capable of stepping in if necessary... should be fun to watch..... OH; and for all those that a couple of weeks ago said this was a stupid tournament, that most teams would not take it seriously, that it should be canceled!? Is it just me or did we just see some of the best soccer possible!?

  1. Aresenal Fan
    commented on: July 1, 2013 at 5:35 p.m.
    World soccer oder has been restored, brazil welcome back, we have missed you.

  1. David Mozeshtam
    commented on: July 1, 2013 at 5:45 p.m.
    Well, if I were a Brazilian fan, I wouldn't get too excited over one home tournament just yet. It's interesting to note that Brazil won playing not jogo bonito, but more of a German-like fast, physical, pressing football, as well as literally kicking Spain out of the game.

  1. cisco martinez
    commented on: July 1, 2013 at 10:37 p.m.
    Brazil came to play and made Spain look ordinary. Neymar, Fred, and hulk the Brazilian trio is so dangerous and all there games showed the results of Brazil's lethaliity.

  1. Alexandr Kotlyachkov
    commented on: September 19, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.
    Neymar now play in Barcelona Marino. How he will spent one year behind championship in Brazil where he must be organize of Brazil attack ? He choose Barcelona to know Messi and argentina tactics Martino to prepare himself to championship 2014. Messi and Ronuldu are older then Neymar and they play in Europe in GREAT Barcelona and Real last years AND BECAME IN THIS CLUBS AS genius. Scolari and Neymar must win!!!

  1. Alexandr Kotlyachkov
    commented on: September 20, 2013 at 5:43 a.m.
    In Champions League 2014 I respect Milan. My mother respect Manchester United.

  1. Alexandr Kotlyachkov
    commented on: September 20, 2013 at 5:43 p.m.
    Neymar is Jesus Christ. He now is crosstyfied by Argentina Messi and Papa.


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