Saturday, 6 July 2013

FIFA Confederation Cup Final 2013 - Brazil vs Spain

Kick off and in the 2nd minutes Brazil took a lead 1-0 scored by Fred. Based on the first 10mins, it looked like the Samba Boys are back! Yeah they had the home advantage but they looked quite solid in overall. Spain were not bad themselves either. Their defender Arbeloa was almost red carded in the 14th minute when he was the last man and brought down Neymar. Fortunately he was only shown the yellow card. Brazil players and fans were furious with the refs decision. Spain never rested since Brazil took the lead, they were coming strong, attacks after attacks. In the 27th minute Ramos received a yellow card for bringing down Chelsea's Oscar right at the edge of the penalty box. Fred almost double his goal tally and Brazil's lead in the minutes 31st but Casillas superbly stopped it with his left foot. Both Xavi, Juan Mata and Aniesta used all their master cheats and tricks, trying to equalise before the half time but Brazil defence were rock solid at the back.

Am I the only one who sees Chelsea's brazilian defender David Luiz looks like Giovanni from the favourite classic TV sitcom Mind Your Language?!

Barcelona's Pedro nearly equalised for Spain in the 40th minute but David Luiz slided across the goal mouth only to stop the ball from crossing the line.

Brazil geared up and increased their lead 2-0 to the half time, goal rammed in by Brazil's current beloved homeboy Neymar's assisted by Oscar. Spain looked to have more possession in the first half but Brazil played better football in the first half and took every chances they possibly can.

While waiting for the teams to move in from the tunnel, videoman took shots from both supporters stands....mostly women! The Rio De Janeiro stadium were only about 95% full. It was one of the match of the decade, why no full house?

2nd half kicked in and Brazil immediately extend their lead by Fred's 2nd of the night to Brazil 3 Spain 0. Wow!! No one would have expected this kind of score line especially when the numbers were against Spain. How long more could Spain endure the pain?!

53rd minute, newly sub J.Navas earned Spain a penalty but R.Madrid's Ramos placed it wide off the post. The score remained 3-0. Spain never gave up and were still going strong but Brazilian goalkeeper were equally superb.

67th minute, Neymar were again brought down, this time by former Manchester United player Piqué. Referee showed him the way out of the field and Spain were down to 10 men! Poor Shakira was watching from the VIP stand when his men got red carded.

Brazil looked to have brought the game to a lower speed and their national coach Luis Felipe Scolari never looked happy. He demanded better response to his player from his dug hole.

Fred couldn't claim his hat trick when he was substituted Jo in the 78th minute.

80th minute, Spain almost got a consolation goal but yet again was stopped by the evergreen Julio Cesar. Spain remained resilient but the looked exhausted. Both Xavi and Aniesta looked to have lost of ideas. Sometimes these red card decision spoils the beauty of a game unless it is really a nasty tackle.

Already in its stoppage time after the 90th minute, Brazil looked set to win the tournament and yes they did. Neymar, Fred and Julio Cesar each deserved the man of the match award for the night.

Brazil were crowned champions of the FIFA Confederation Cup 2013!