Brazil have won the Confederations Cup for a third consecutive time after a convincing 3-0 win over World Champions Spain in the famous Maracana stadium.
Right from the start Brazil were up for it even with a passionate rendition from players and fans of their national anthem. The incredible atmosphere led to an incredible start. Fred opened the scoring inside 90 seconds with a lovely bit of improvisation having initially falling over. It took a while for Spain to settle and it could have been 2-o but Iker Casillas managed to save Paulinho’s effort.
Spain began to find their flow towards the end of the half and when it looked certain Pedro would put Spain on level terms, David Luiz made a wonderful goal-line clearance. The World Champions actually found themselves 2-0 down after the break after Neymar blasted his shot into the roof of the net after some work by Oscar.
Spain needed to come out into the second half all guns blazing but once again Fred scored in the second minute to put the game beyond Spain. Mareclo gave away a penalty for a foul on Jesus Navas but Sergio Ramos sent his spot-kick wide. Spain’s misery as complete when Gerard Pique was sent off for denying Neymar a goal scoring opportunity. Alvaro Arbeloa did the same thing in the first half but he was lucky to only receive a yellow.
Spain had some good chances near the end but Julio Cesar made some good saves to keep his clean sheet. In the end, Brazil came out deserved winners. For the 90 minutes they didn’t allow Spain any time and closed them down well. They defended brilliantly and looked menacing in the final third.
Spain’s 29 game unbeaten run in competitive competition came to an abrupt end and many are already wondering if Spain’s dominance is beginning to crumble. For Brazil they will be aiming to end a omen in that a Confederations Cup winner has never gone on to win the World Cup the following year.
Brazil received many stick from media before the tournament but they have silence any doubters and were undoubtedly deserved winners. The big task them for now is to win the World Cup.