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July 1, 2013
• Estadio Jornalista Mário Filho (Maracanã), Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Referee: B. Kuipers
• Attendance: 73531
Fred 2', 47'
A double from Fred and a spectacular strike from Neymar have seen the Selecao win the cup on home soil! A fantastic victory for the team and also the nation! The atmosphere inside the Maracana will live long in the memory! Who else can't wait for the World Cup?! I'm Martin Macdonald, thank you for joining us on Goal.com!
FULL TIME. BRAZIL HAVE WON THE CONFEDERATIONS CUP!!
Luis Gustavo acts as the cheerleader as he attempts to amp up the crowd whilst in possession of the ball. The supporters go wild for it, what a sight!
Third and final change from Brazil. Hernanes replaces the impressive Paulinho in the middle of the park for the Selecao. What a shift he's put in tonight.
What a save again from Julio Cesar!! David Villa attempts his signature shot with a curled strike towards the top right corner, but the QPR 'keeper matches the shot and beats the ball away to the left-hand side!
It's party time in the Maracana now! The crowd are realising how close they are to victory now, they can taste it!
JO!!! The substitute steals possession on the halfway line and gallops forward before lashing a left-footed strike at goal, that is saved by Casillas! He should have done better, there was team-mates in better positions!
What a save from Julio Cesar!!! The ball breaks to Pedro inside the box and the Barca man whips a left-footed strike towards the far corner, but the Brazil 'keeper reacts quickly to turn the strike round the post! Brilliant!
Another change from Scolari. The hero of the night, Fred, is replaced by former Manchester City striker, Jo. What a reception the 29-year-old receives as he comes off!
Great defending from Azpilicueta!! Neymar goes into 5th gear through the middle and leaves Busquets for dead. He looks poised to shoot on goal but the substitute comes in at the last minute to stab the ball back to Casillas!
Neymar spreads the play out to the right wing with a lovely pass with the outside of his foot. Dani Alves drives forward and looks to reverse a pass inside for Fred, but the former Lyon man was offside.
Luiz Felipe Scolari is just looking to tighten things up in the middle of the park. Jadson has been introduced in place of Hulk, who receives a warm reception from the crowd as he goes off. He's played well tonight.
It would have been an uphill task anyway for Spain to get back into the match with a three goal deficit, but the dismissal of Pique has given them a mountain to climb. Brazil are looking the more likely to extend the scoreline anyway.
Greg Stobart: "There are more goals in this game for Brazil, and in particular Neymar, who has been sensational again tonight. His pace and trickery just drew a reckless foul from his new Barcelona team-mate, Gerard Pique, who was sent-off by referee Bjorn Kuipers. The atmosphere is well and truly in party mode here."
Red Card Piqué
GERARD PIQUE IS SENT OFF!!!! Brazil launch a rapid counterattack and Neymar looks to get beyond his new Barcelona team-mate, but the former Manchester United defender stretches out a leg to take him out! Straight red from the ref!
Wild from Jesus Navas. The substitute stretches his legs down the right-hand side and gets beyond Marcelo, but his eventual strike towards goal is high, wide, and not very handsome.
Neymar bursts forward and looks to thread a pass in behind the Spain defence for Hulk, but Sergio Ramos' positioning was perfect and the Madrid man managed to clean up at the back.
Good work from Luis Gustavo. David Villa and Xavi look to orchestrate a way through the middle of the Brazil defence but he Bayern man marshaled his area well and just managed to nick possession away.
The Brazilian fans continue to make incredible noise inside the Maracana. It has been non-stop chanting and singing for an hour!
Third and final substitution made by Vicente Del Bosque. Fernando Torres is hooked for David Villa. The Chelsea man has been out of sorts tonight.
Dodgy defending from Spain!! Hulk bursts beyond the defence and looks to lift the ball over the oncoming Casillas, but the Madrid man manages to just get a touch to take the ball away! One pass took out the entire Spanish backline there!
That was a superb opportunity for La Roja to get back into the match, but Sergio Ramos never looked confident as he stood up to a mass of boos from the Maracana crowd!
Missed Penalty Sergio Ramos
SERGIO RAMOS LASHES HIS PENALTY WIDE, AND THE MARACANA ERUPTS WITH CHEERS!
PENALTY TO SPAIN!!! Jesus Navas jinks into the box but goes down under the challenge from Marcelo! Definite spot kick! Spain have a route back into the match!!
Jesús Navas González
Vicente Del Bosque reacts quickly to going 3-0 down and makes another change. The disappointing Juan Mata is replaced by Jesus Navas, who'll give Spain a different dimension down that right-hand side.
Outstanding pressing once again from Brazil. Pique and Ramos look to play the ball out of defence but they are relentlessly hounded by the Selecao as they hunt for possession
Greg Stobart: "Spain look utterly shellshocked. It’s as if teargas as got in to their defenders’ eyes as Brazil rip them to shreds with the intensity of their attacking play. Vincente del Bosque stands on the touchline desperately issuing instructions to his players, but you have to think the game is completely beyond them now."
Xavi clips a free kick to the back post and Paulinho once again manages to clear. The ball comes back into the box and Sergio Ramos heads towards goal but Julio Cesar easily gathers.
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLL FOR BRAZIL!!! They explode out of the blocks in the second period!!! Hulk slides the ball through the middle and Neymar cleverly dummies the pass. Fred runs on to the loose ball and expertly curls a strike into the bottom right corner! 3-0! Spain are sinking without a trace!
A change to report for you at the break. Cesar Azpilicueta has been introduced in place of Alvaro Arbeloa, who had a torrid time in the first half.
We are back under way at the Maracana!
@fireflies001 writes on Twitter: "Casillas will be key for Spain if they're to stage a comeback here....its hard to think that Brazil won't score another"- They certainly look dangerous whenever they attack, the Madrid man will probably be a busy man in the second 45!
Half time in the Maracana. I've seen some brilliant opening 45 minutes of football in my time, but that was pretty special. The Brazilian faithful have created one of the best atmospheres I've ever seen. Fred opened the scoring in the second minute with a scrappy goal and Neymar made it 2-0 with a stunning left-footed strike into the top corner. Spain have not been at he races so far, they look jaded out there!
Greg Stobart: "Sensational scenes as Neymar doubles Brazil’s lead with a stunning left-footed shot, an absolute rocket into the roof of the net. This is very special."
GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAL FOR BRAZIL!!! THE SELECAO LEAD THE WORLD CHAMPIONS 2-0!!! Oscar picks up possession on the edge of the box and stabs a pass through to Neymar who nearly bursts the net with a sensational left-footed strike into the top corner!!! Unbelievable!! The Maracana EXPLODES!!
This has been a very un-Spain like performance from the world champions. It looks like the hard-fought extra time match against Italy from a few days ago has definitely took it's toll.
WHAT A FANTASTIC CLEARANCE FROM DAVID LUIZ!!! Mata picks out Pedro at the back post and the Barca man cuts inside and nestles a strike towards the bottom corner! It looks a certain goal, but Luiz slides in at the last minute to divert the ball over the bar! The Maracana celebrates as if a goal has been scored!
Pique bursts out from defence and strides forward before sliding a measured pass through the middle for Torres. The Chelsea man goes down under the challenge from Gustavo and earns a free kick. He got a little lucky with that one.
Xavi whips in a free kick from the left-hand side but Paulinho commandingly heads the ball clear from inside the six yard box. The ball comes back in a few times but the Brazilians remain solid to see out the danger.
Greg Stobart: "Brazil are still on top here, but Luiz Felipe Scolari will feel his side need another goal to show for their performance in the first half-an-hour. Fred has just been denied by Iker Casillas after some quite wonderful play by Neymar. The Confederations Cup look inspired here at the Maracana."
SAAAAVE BY CASILLAS!!!! A rapid Brazilian counterattack eventually sees Neymar thread a pass through the middle for Fred, but a tame finish from the strike sees the Spain 'keeper divert the ball out for a corner! It should be 2-0!!
HULK!!! Just over!! Neymar lays the ball off for his compatriot and the Zenit man puts every bit of power he can muster behind a strike towards the top corner. Luckily for Spain, it lacks direction and sails over.
Free kick to Brazil in a great position just outside the box as a result of that foul. Hulk and Neymar have a chat to decide who'll take the set-piece.
Yellow Card Sergio Ramos
The referee has to make yet another vital decision!! Oscar looks to get on the end of a Hulk pass through the middle but is brought down by Sergio Ramos! The Brazilian players are incensed as only a yellow card is show to the Real Madrid man! I think the ref has got that one right!
Oscar is a lucky boy not to be in the book. The Chelsea man has a couple of rather vicious hacks at the leg of Iniesta but the referee opts to just give him a telling off. You feel if he does another one of those then he'll see yellow.
Unlucky from Fred. The 29-year-old peels off Pique and takes the ball into his stride before hitting a strike at goal. The attempt is dragged wide, though, and Casillas is not troubled.
The last five minutes or so has been much more productive for La Roja. Xavi and Iniesta are just managing to get their foot on the ball more and as a result the Brazilians have just retreated slightly.
Some handbags ensue once again as Oscar goes through the back of Busquets inside the centre circle and Sergio Ramos is up in the face of the official asking for a card. The ref deals with the situation well and we can continue.
Iniestaaaaaa!!! Great strike! The Barca man picks up the ball 30 yards from goal and glides past Paulinho before rifling a shot towards the bottom left corner, but Julio Cesar finally has something to do as he turns the attempt round the post!
I don't think Fernando Torres has even touched the ball yet. There's been fleeting moments for Spain in the final third but Julio Cesar has not been tested at all as of yet. They'll need to pick themselves up.
Greg Stobart: "Honestly, I’m struggling to come to terms with the the noise, the colour and the passion here. The crowd are cheering virtually every Brazil touch, tackle and pass. It’s unlike anything I’ve experience in Europe - and from the way Spain are playing, maybe it’s the same for them too."
Yellow Card Arbeloa
The referee has to make a decision here!! Arbeloa takes out Neymar on the halfway line as the Barcelona-bound man looks to latch on to a pass through the middle! The Brazilians hound the referee demanding a red card but it's only a booking that is issued!
PAULINHO!!! What a cheeky attempt that was! The Brazilian nicks the ball away from the feet of Iniesta before attempting a spectacular chip over Casillas! The Spain 'keeper manages to retreat and claw back the ball at the last minute!
Spain just cannot retain possession here, and they look incredibly affected by the partizan crowd in the Maracana. They are just not being allowed any time on the ball whatsoever. Even the composed Iniesta and Xavi are struggling.
Greg Stobart: "I’ve covered big matches at ground from Old Trafford, to Anfield, to the Santiago Bernabeu - but I’ve never heard a roar like the one when Fred opened the scoring here. My ears are still ringing. What a fantastic start to the game, Spain need to settle because their defending there looked like they’ve been affected by the atmosphere."
OSCAR!!!!! Ooohhhh that was inches wide!! Fred flicks the ball into the path of the Chelsea man, who lashes a strike wide from 12 yards out! So close, but he should have scored! Casillas was rooted to the spot!
Spain eventually do manage to get into their short passing game, and they are being met with rapturous boos as they do so. No doubt about it, they are facing 12 men tonight.
Every header, tackle, and pass from the Brazilians is being met with tremendous cheers from the Maracana faithful. Such an electrifying atmosphere!
Brazil are working incredibly hard to retrieve possession here. Spain have not been awarded their usual time on the ball, and as a result are struggling to string passes together. Not like them at all.
Spain look shell shocked after these early exchanges. They have been bulldozed by the Selecao in the opening few minutes, and they don't look like they have an answer at the moment.
The Maracana absolutely exploded with cheers there! Awful defending by Spain though! Casillas, Arbeloa, and Pique did not cover themselves in glory with that one!
GOOOOOAAAAAAL!!! GOOOOAAAAALLL!! GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL!!!! BRAZIL TAKE AN EARLY LEAD!! Hulk clips a cross to the back post and a scuffle ensues before Fred lashes home whilst lying on the turf! What a start! 1-0!!!
Greg Stobart: "I've got goosebumps all over after that rendition of the Brazilian national anthem. It was deafening loud and wonderfully passionate. If they can use the atmosphere to their advantage, find some inspiration from their incredible support, Brazil will win tonight."
We are under way at the Maracana!
Not far off 90,000 people are standing with their hands to their chests belting out the Brazilian national anthem! A truly spectacular sight!
The national anthem of Spain is met with, as you can imagine, a small chorus of boos from the passionate Brazilian support. The next anthem is going to tear the roof off the Maracana!
What an atmosphere we have in the Maracana! The stadium is going to erupt when the players hit the turf!
Greg Stobart, Goal's correspondent in the Maracana: "The calm before the storm. Hundreds of photographers are gathered pitchside as we wait for the teams to emerge from the tunnel and walk past the trophy. The Brazlian national anthem is going to be a spine-tingling occasion once again."
Spain have won their last six encounters against South American opponents in all competitions, including friendlies. The last Latin American side to beat Spain was Argentina in a friendly in September 2010.
Spain are on a record 29-match unbeaten run in competitive matches, stretching back to the 2010 World Cup (W24, D5
Brazil handed the Spanish their heaviest-ever World Cup defeat in 1950. They won 6-1 at the Maracana before going on to lose to Uruguay in the final.
The five-time world champions have won four of eight previous meetings with Spain (W4, D2, L2), but the two countries have not faced each other since 1999.
The Selecao are unbeaten in 10 matches, winning their last five. They have not lost a competitive game at home since 1975.
Don't forget to post your thoughts, feelings, and predictions on the match! You can follow us on Goal.com on Twitter at @goal_intl and you can follow yours truly at @MartinMac1. Get those comments in!
This is the final that the neutral wanted folks! The flamboyant hosts, Brazil, versus the World and European champions, Spain! This should be a cracking match!
Spain (4-3-3): Casillas; Arbeloa, Ramos, Pique, Alba; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta; Pedro, Mata, Torres.
Brazil (4-2-3-1): Julio Cesar; Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho; Oscar, Hulk, Neymar; Fred.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action!
Good evening football fans! Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of the Confederations Cup final between Brazil and Spain from the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro!
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