FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 Final Text Commentary

Final score: Brazil 3-0 Spain

Brazil win their third successive Confederations Cup and their fourth in total.

89 min: Brazil are just tapping it around now, more than satisfied with a 3-0 victory.

87 min: Paulinho goes off for Hernanes.

85 min: Julio Cesar has made another excellent save, this one from David Villa.

83 min: Shot from Jo as he storms down the left, with Neymar better placed. Casillas parries it away to the keeper’s left and Spain clear.

81 min: Julio Cesar earns his clean sheet bonus (if he’s on one) with a low save from Pedro’s diagonal shot from the left, pouncing down to tip it away.

79 min: Brazil sub: Jo for Fred.

77 min: Neymar through the middle and forced out of room by Azpilicueta who just nicked the ball off his toe.

74 min: Dani Alves crosses from the right to Fred who shoots in the box but it’s a rolled shot rather than a powerful one and Busquets blocks.

69 min: Neymar chips the free kick over the wall, curling towards the right post but it didn’t descend quick enough and hit the outside roof of the net.

Red card

67 min: Gérard Piqué is deservedly sent off for tripping Neymar who sprinted past Busquets and closed in on the box. Pique and Casillas protest ridiculously because he kicked him on the shin when he slid in and he was the last man. Shakira, watching, is taking some of the goading aimed at her chap, too.

65 min: Nice move by Spain up the left with Pedro whipping a near post cross that Villa only just misses when he slides in.

63 min: Marcelo played through on the left of the box after a slick Neymar pass. The angle’s tight and Fred is in the centre of goal but Marcelo shoots and into the side netting.

58 min: Torres off for David Villa. Torres manages to look affronted. Corner to Spain, Xavi to the near post where Pique heads without power. A minute earlier Hulk was racing through 30 yards out and attempted to toe poke it high up and over Casillas who was haring out to sweep up but couldn’t direct it so it ended up going more vertically than horizontally.

55 min:  Pedro’s on the left now, cutting in and rolling it back to Iniesta who shoots weakly at Julio Cesar.

Penalty missed by Sergio Ramos – Screwed wide of Julio Cesar’s post – or so it seems but Cesar is claiming he touched it even though he was given a goalkick.

Penalty for Spain – Marcelo trips Navas.

50 min:  Off goes Mata, on comes Jesus Navas.

48 min: This tactic Brazil are using, getting David Luiz to bring the ball up the left and Marcelo switching into the middle has caused Spain all sorts of problems, Arbeloa not being able to cope with it and Azpilicueta neither for that goal. 

GOAL!! Brazil 3-0 Spain (Fred)

Played up the left, Marcelo cutting inside and tapping through to Neymar in the centre who flicks it to his left and Fred steers a shot around Casillas into the opposite corner. The game is pretty much over now.

46 min: Spain sub – Arbeloa off, Azpilicueta on. Rightly so, too. He was terrible that half.

Half time

That was loud and such an entertaining half, with Brazil dominating in possession and in goals. Spain have not been their usual selves and have been caught frequently giving the ball away, something we don’t see very often. Brazil on the other hand have been quick to move forward and slick in possession of the ball. Also, they have been clinical and have scored 2 good goals. All in all, decisive and clinical from Brazil; sloppy from Spain. Brazil deservedly in front at the break, so let’s see what the second half brings!

GOAL!! Brazil 2-0 Spain (Neymar)

Glorious finish on the left of the box, played in by Oscar with a delayed one-two and smashed, almost like Ryan Giggs v Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final in 1999, hard and high at the near post above Casillas. Magnificent.

41 min: Another dangerous run from Fred up the right but his cross to Neymar was cut out.

39 min: David Luiz can’t defend? He’s just made a superb goalline clearance when Mata played a glorious little dink across the box to the right to Pedro who was clear in on the keeper, He placed it around Julio Cesar without huge power but very precisely David Luiz slid in and knocked it clear an inch or so before it went in.

35 min: Xavi takes a free-kick from the left into the box, aiming for Busquets but Brazil win the header and clear, eventually getting Neymar free to run at Spain from 70 yards with three defenders back. He gets past the first but when he tails right he stumbles and Spain get it back.

32 min: Big save from Casillas after Jordi Alba misplaced his pass and Brazil broke at lightning pace, working a chance you would have expected Fred to convert, a shot from 15 yards after a lovely threaded pass from Neymar from the left and Casillas blocked it brilliantly diving low to his right. From the corner Fred almost has a free header, smack in the middle of forehead but he can’t get it on target.

31 min: Spain have a free kick now by the corner flag after Ramos is shoved while trying to work an opening. The cross is blocked out for a corner which Xavi again takes, aiming for Torres but Paulinho is there to stop him heading it.

29 min: Long delay while Hulk and Neymar debate who’ll take the free kick. Neymar touches it to his left and Hulk spanks it over the bar with his left foot.

27 min:  Sergio Ramos’s hand on the back of Oscar as he broke past him and towards the area wins Brazil a free-kick 20 yards out and Ramos a yellow card. Again Brazil suggest it should have been red.

25 min: Oscar is booked for a rake down the calf.

23 min: Spain have worked their way back into this, the usual way, bossing possession, keep ball, triangles and remarkably well-placed flicks but Brazil are defending well and breaking fast, Marcelo shifting it forwards quickly and Fred dropping his shoulder past to go to the right of Ramos but drags his shot.

19 min: Now Iniesta hits a curling, dipping shot to Julio Cesar’s right and he turns it past the post. It wasn’t going in. The corner from Xavi is headed high over the bar by Torres after a near-post run

17 min: Busquets gets the ball and slots a 25-yard pass down the inside-right channel to Mata who has made a clever diagonal run across Torres but his touch is so heavy he knocks it straight to Julio Cesar.

15 min: Arbeloa is yellow carded when Spain lose possession and Neymar chases on to the through ball, Arbeloa taking him out on the halfway line. Brazil claim that if Neymar hadn’t have been fouled he would have been one-on-one with Casillas and Arbeloa should have been sent off.

13 min: Xavi on the right crosses but puts too much on it. The ball comes back to Iniesta who rolls it to Xavi but Hulk is doing his defensive work on the right and blocks the pass.

11 min: This is ace. Noise of this volume would make any match seem like a classic. Brazil are hustling in midfield. David Luiz takes possession on the left and clips it up. They win a throw in and when it comes infield after a couple of “phases” Paulinho tries to chip Casillas who has to push it out from behind the line.

8 min: Neymar’s cross from the left hits Arbeloa’s heel and falls to Oscar, 15 yards out and he screws his shot wide of Casillas’s right post. Good chance. Very good chance.

7 min: Big shout for a Spain penalty when they played the ball across the Brazil box from a free-kick on the left, when it hit Marcelo on the hand.

5 min: Brazil certainly look determined to get the ball forwards quickly and not give Spain any time when they don’t have the ball, trying to make sure they’re not hypnotized by possession and made to dance their legs to stumps.

3 min: It’s flaming loud. The crowd is going berserk. Piqué tried to knock the cross out with his foot, leaping in the air, missed it and it bobbled back of Neymar and on the ground Fred chipped it over Casillas who was also on the turf.

GOAL!! Brazil 1-0 Spain (Fred)

Ugly, from a long cross from the right, Neymar and Fred go up, Casillas misses it after Piqué fails to head it clear and Fred turns it in while falling to the floor.

1 min: Brazil kick off, the ball going up the left touchline to Oscar who holds it up, back to goal, and lays it off to Neymar who falls under the challenge of Jordi Alba but no foul is given and Spain get it up the other end quickly where Fernando Torres is fouled but advantage is played.

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