Monday, 1 July 2013

Brazil trounce Spain 3-0 to win third straight Confederations Cup title

Better Neymar
Brazil has humbled world and European Champions Spain with a crushing 3-0 win in the Confederations Cup final, ending their opponents’ three-year record run of 29 unbeaten competitive matches.

Fred scored two goals and Neymar added another as host Brazil convincingly defeated world champion Spain 3-0 to win the Confederations Cup on Sunday at the Maracana Stadium.

Brazil got off to a brilliant start when a long ball into the Spanish box was misplayed by defender Álvaro Arbeloa, he actually brought the ball down with a handball — knocked the ball down onto Fred’s foot who was lying on the ground in front of Iker Casillas. The ball ended up right on Fred’s foot as the Fluminense striker lifted the ball up and over Casillas to give the Seleção a 1-0 lead in the 2nd minute.

Neymar added to the lead just before halftime and Fred netted his fifth goal in five matches early in the second half to give Brazil victory. The win for the host nation was surprisingly easy against the current world champion.

Sunday’s performance marks what has been an impressive tournament for the Brazilians. With their home crowd behind them, they’re already favorites to win next summer’s big show.

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