Brazil humiliated the World and European champions Spain with a 3-0 win in the FIFA Confederations Cup final, ending their opponent’s three-year record run of being unbeaten in 29 competitions. The margin of the victory and the way the Spaniards were completely outclassed, made them look very much like the Tahitians that they mercilessly whipped 10-0.
Two goals from Fred Neymar, gave Brazil its fifth straight win in the tournament.
Spain endured a despondent night with Sergio Ramos missing a penalty early in the second half and Gerard Pique sent-off after 68 minutes for a dive on Neymar.
Fred scored the first goal after two minutes, Neymar added a magnificent second goal before the half-time which filled the air with excitement and applauds from the crowd. Two minutes after the restart, Fred scored a second goal bringing the number of goals to 3-0.
Spain looked tired and awkward following Thursday’s exhausting semi-final penalty shoot-out victory against Italy.
In contrast, Fred, Neymar and Paulinho of Brazil looking fresh and powerful, continually had Spain on the back foot with series of instant breaks, often initiated by David Luiz after some Spanish-style passing of their own.
Spain was attempting to become the first team since Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup’s decisive match to beat Brazil in a international competition at Maracana Brazil, but after falling behind so early, that never looked likely. Instead, after the game the euphoric Brazilians became even more convinced that coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who won the World Cup with Brazil on 30 June 2002, could deliver a sixth world title to the country.
Neymar said: “I have respect for the Spanish team and admire them very much but today I was defending my country, my team-mates and my family. I had to give them a hard time. I am so happy about the way the team played – it was even better than any of us could have expected,” he concluded.
Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari believes their Confederations Cup victory will boost the confidence of his players in the run-up to next year’s World Cup tournament.