Brazil Thump Spain To Lift Confederations Cup
Brazil humbled world and European Champions Spain with a crushing 3-0 win in the Confederations Cup final on Sunday, ending their opponents’ three-year record run of 29 unbeaten competitive matches. Two goals from Fred and a stunning left-foot shot from Neymar gave next year’s World Cup hosts their fifth straight win in the competition as they clinched the trophy for a third time in a row. Spain endured a miserable night with Sergio Ramos missing a penalty early in the second half and Gerard Pique sent off for a lunge on his new Barcelona teammate Neymar after 68 minutes.
Instead of being 1-1 we went 2-0 down in the last moments of the first half. Brazil started this competition just over two weeks ago with a third minute goal against Japan and began this final in similar fashion with an even faster opener.
Fred’s second minute hook-in while he was sitting on the ground lacked the powerful beauty of Neymar’s strike against Japan, but its impact was even more emphatic. The crowd, who just minutes earlier gave a rousing rendition of the Brazil national anthem, raised the decibel levels even higher in celebration to settle Brazil’s nerves, unsettle Spain and put the hosts firmly in control.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Red Pepper