Brazil 3-0 Spain

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Updated: July 1, 2013

A night to remember for Brazil in their home country and embarrassing the world champions and winning their third successive Confederations Cup, which looks to be the best confidence-boost the hosts could have for next year’s World Cup.

Brazil kicked off the first-half and straight away showed their intentions and motivation very early on by putting Spain under pressure at every given chance. Only after 1 minute Brazil managed to open the scoring with a troubling cross from Hulk coming into the 6 yard box and no Spain defenders attacked it, which led to Spain defenders trying to scrap away but Brazil striker, Fred, managed to get his foot to it while on the ground and it consequently went in.

Even after three minutes, Spain looked in trouble with the way they were playing, resorting to long-balls that Torres had too much difficulty dealing with, Torres wasn’t helped either, every time he received the ball, he looked isolated and unable to do anything with Brazil players surrounding him. Oscar also had a great chance at 8 minutes when a clever Fred flick in the box gave Oscar the chance to quickly shoot from a penalty-spot position. Paulinho had a great chance when he hassled Busquets for the ball, when he eventually took the ball of him, he took a shot that was almost a mixture of a tap and a chip that nearly caught Casillas out.

After 15 minutes, Brazil slowed the tempo down, as they have done in every match and Spain managed to find their feet in the game.

A main talking point is the potential Arbeloa red card after tackling Neymar on the half-way line but the referee gave a yellow card, presumably because it didn’t look like Neymar could get to the ball.

David Luiz made a heroic goal-line clearance when Torres slipped through a nice ball to Mata, who was against Luiz on his own and had Pedro on his right, when Luiz came to press Mata, he quickly passed it through to Pedro who took a shot on the ground to Cesar’s far post, the

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shot beat him but Luiz recovered well and managed to clear it just in front of the line for a corner. Just as Spain looked like finishing the first-half 1-0 down, Neymar slammed in a goal when he received an Oscar pass, he originally looked offside but then it was seen that he just about moved back to an onside position.

Spain started the second-half exactly how they shouldn’t have, by conceding another Fred goal from a Hulk pass, he ran in from outside the box and as soon as he found himself in the box, he shot to Casillas’ far post low down to put the game beyond doubt.

Mata came off for Navas and two minutes later, Navas got clipped by Marcelo for Brazil to concede their second penalty in as many matches. Ramos took the responsibilities of taking the penalty but his shot just went wide, which meant that Brazil hadn’t conceded from any of the penalties that they’ve conceded in this tournament, probably due to the roar of the Brazilian fans putting off the player taking the penalty.

The game looked over after the third goal but the night got worse for the Spain team and fans when Pique tackled Neymar just outside the box, but being the last man, he was sent off.

Julio Cesar made undoubtedly the save of the tournament when Pedro was in on goal on a tight angle and shot it perfectly into the corner but Cesar got across unbelievably and pushed it out for a corner. Brazil managed to see the game out by keeping the ball or not letting the 10-man Spain get in on goal.

Is This How To Beat Spain ?

The BBC commentator Mark Lawrenson said : “Brazil are doing a Spain on Spain”, the only thing I thought of at that point was that a team can try and do a Spain on Spain, but Spain do it better which proved in the first-half when they had more possession than Brazil. Brazil didn’t use Spain’s style exactly, Brazil were a lot more aggressive, powerful and quick. They didn’t give Spain the time to keep the ball in the first 15 minutes but that looked like enough because after that Spain had lost any confidence to do anything with the ball.

Spain’s Lack Of Coordination

Spain were just about managing to put their feet on the ground but none of them were really clicking throughout as a team, like Iniesta and Xavi didn’t always seem to be very cooperative and struggling to find each other with Brazil anticipating everything very well. Spain managed to get set-plays inside Brazil’s half but most of those chances were wasted from very poor Xavi crosses. The two Spanish full-backs were ineffective in attack and usually when in those positions gave away the ball by passing it backwards and Brazil constantly counter-attacked from that.

Heroes

For Brazil Neymar, Fred, Hulk and Gastavo were all influential in the game. Neymar played at his best, doing his best to terrorise the Spanish defence, Neymar and Fred play upfront together very well and Fred shown that he’s not always a player that hides away in the game and comes up when needed, he helped set up a lot of chances and gave Neymar space in the box along with Hulk because of his movement. Hulk was setting up chances from all over the pitch, terrorising the left-back and centre-backs by running down the wings and finding nice little passes through the centre-backs. Gustavo gave Brazil that stability that they desperately needed if they wanted to get something against Spain, he was strong, quick and aggressive, he didn’t give Torres or Mata any time to get the ball forward or keep the ball wherever they were.

In my opinion none of the Spanish players performed at any of their high standards.

Man Of The Match : Neymar

Villains

For Brazil, I can’t think of anyone who was an outstanding villain in this game.

For Spain I have to say that both Arbeloa and Pique were the stand out villains. Pique didn’t start the night well when he was one of two people mainly responsible for the first goal which was a dreadful goal to concede, he struggled to keep track of Neymar, Fred and Hulk throughout the night and then he got sent off because of a silly tackle on Neymar which eneded their chances of getting anything out of this game. Arbeloa Constantly gave the ball away, he lucked uneasy when he had the ball in defence without any pressure at all, he was the second one responsible for the dreadful first goal and could easily be blamed for the next goal after that, seeing that it both came from a position that Arbeloa should have been occupying.

Not All Bad For Spain

Fernando Torres picked up the Golden Boot having scored 5 goals and got one assist, exactly like Fred, but due to the fact he has played less minutes means that Torres takes the Golden Boot, just like he did in Euro 2012. Iker Casillas also went up to collect an award, The Fair Play Award.

The Talented Brazilians

Julio Cesar was named Goalkeeper Of The Tournament and awarded The Golden Glove, surprising considering that he’s just been relegated to The Championship. Neymar also picks up The Golden Ball Award for Player Of The Tournament which comes as no surprise.

Stats

Possession :

Brazil 48% – 52% Spain

Sots On Target :

Brazil 8 – 7 Spain

Brazil

12 Julio Cesar

02 Dani Alves

03 Thiago Silva

04 David Luiz

06 Marcelo

17 Gustavo

18 Paulinho (Hernanes, 88′)

11 Oscar

09 Fred (Jo, 80′)

10 Neymar

19 Hulk (Jadson, 73′)

Bookings : None

Red Cards : None

Spain

01 Casillas

17 Arbeloa (Azpilicueta, 46′)

03 Pique

15 Ramos

18 Alba

16 Busquets

08 Xavi

06 Iniesta

11 Pedro

13 Mata (Navas, 52′)

09 Torres (Villa, 59′)

Bookings : Ramos, Arbeloa

Red Cards : Pique

 

Brazil 3-0 Spain Match Report written by Seb True

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