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Posted 01 July 2013 - 06:44 AM

Brazil have won the Confederations Cup
after thrashing World and European
champions Spain 3-0 in a one-sided final at
a raucous Maracana Stadium. Fred scored twice and Neymar once for the
rampant hosts while the stunned
Spaniards endured a miserable night,
missing a penalty and finishing with 10
men. The final got off to an incredible start
when Brazil took the lead after just 95
seconds, Fred alertly lashing the ball into
the net from close range as he lay on the
ground, a cross to the back post having
bounced off Neymar. Brazil began the game at a ferocious pace
and should have doubled their lead a few
minutes later but Oscar shot wide after a
lovely flick from Fred. Paulinho then drew a decent save from
Iker Casillas with a clever lob and the
Brazilian players thought Alvaro Arbeloa
was lucky to escape with just a booking
after he pulled back Neymar. Spain had an early penalty shout waved
away and threatened again when Julio
Cesar kept out a low shot from Andres
Iniesta, Fernando Torres heading the
subsequent corner over the bar. But the Spaniards were looking unusually
vulnerable at the back and Fred should
have added to his tally, only to be denied
by Casillas after latching onto a good pass
from Neymar. David Luiz then saved the day for Brazil at
the other end, sliding into the goalmouth
to brilliantly clear a Pedro shot which
seemed certain to find the corner of the
net. And Brazil made the most of their escape,
doubling the lead just before the break
when Oscar patiently waited for Neymar
to get onside and then released him with a
neat pass, which Neymar brilliantly
smashed into the roof of the net. The jubilant Brazilian fans were loving the
action and were sent into raptures again
just two minutes after the interval when
Neymar dummied Hulk's pass and Fred
steered the ball into the corner of the net,
Casillas only able to get a hand to the shot. Jesus Navas came off the bench for Spain
and quickly won a penalty when he was
tripped by Marcelo but Sergio Ramos's
spot-kick was just wide of the left-hand
post. The entertainment was unrelenting in a
hectic contest as both sides continued to
attack and Casillas had to charge out of his
goal to foil Hulk, before Marcelo shot into
the side netting. Calamity for Spain never seemed far away
and they were down to 10 men with just
over 20 minutes left when Neymar
ghosted past Gerard Pique, who brought
his man down and was red-carded for his
trouble, the referee deciding he was the last line of defence. The proud Spaniards kept fighting and
came close to a consolation goal in the
final 10 minutes but Brazil goalkeeper Julio
Cesar capped a perfect night for the hosts
by pulling off a pair of superb saves to
deny Pedro and David Villa.http://m.skysports.c...sports//8800098

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