BRAZIL THRASHES SPAIN
By: Raymond Padya
Spain was thrashed 3–0 by Brazil in a one-sided Confederations Cup final yesterday that saw Brazil take an early lead in the second minute of the match.
The first goal came about when the Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas missed the ball after his center-back defender Gerard Pique failed to head clear a long cross that came from the right wing. The ball met the foot of the Brazilian striker Fred, who had fallen on the turf and he chipped it over Casillas finding the back of the net, turning the whole
Estadiodo Maracana into a frenzy.
It was only a matter of minutes as Brazil came back to draw more blood. In the 8th minute, Neymar’s cross managed to find Oscar and the Brazilian playmaker who was positioned about 14 meters from the gate hit the shot wide.
The Samba boys were on top of their game, their midfield was flawless in the first half turning over ball possession in their favour several times. The Spaniards were starting to get frustrated as the resilient Brazilian side kept on attacking.
The loosing side had a chance to turnover the outcome of the match in the 19th minute. Inesta’s shot was deflected to the post by the Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar and it went out for a corner-kick. Taken by Xavi, the corner-kick was received by Torres who headed the ball wide.
It seemed as if Spain had finally made a breakthrough when Juan Matta made an excellent pass to Pedro who was clear and unmarked in front of goal, he placed the ball out of Julio Cesar’s reach but David Luiz the Brazilian center-back swept the ball out an inch before the goal line. The Samba supporters and players marvelled at the Chelsea star.
Much credit should be given to the Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari for devising remarkable attacking strategies. David Luiz would bring the ball in on the left side and Marcello would move forward to take a midfield position. The Spanish defense could not contain this kind of attack resulting in an attack in the 43rd minute formulating a one-two pass between Neymar and Oscar. Thereafter, Neymar smashed the ball into the net making it 2–0 in favour of Brazil.
A third goal followed two minutes after the halftime break and this time it was Fred who had come back to redeem himself. The ball was placed far from Casillas into the opposite corner and the Samba boys were leading by 3 goals and Spain none.
The match saw some catastrophic moments as Sergio Ramos missed a penalty in the 48th minute. Gerard Pique made a careless tackle to Neymar and he was sent off in the 67th minute. It ended 3–0 in favour of Brazil giving the Samba boys their third successive Confederations Cup win. This saw the end of a 29-match winning streak for the Spanish team.