David Luiz’s brilliant defending, an outstanding performance from fred and a superb strike from Neymar saw brazil through to their third consecutive confederations cup win and their unprecedented fourth ever. The reigning world and european champions spain where humbled 3 nil by their Brazilian counterparts, a win which was born out of sheer determination to lift the trophy. Leaving little or no room for the Spanish side to operate in their usual ‘total football ‘style of play, the Brazilians created and utilized every opportunity they had which eventually paid of. A miserable night for spain indeed as Sergio Ramos shot wide from the penalty spot in the second half and Gerard Pique was shown a red card for a professional foul on playmaker Neymar. Brazil scored their first of the night barely two minutes into the first half from point blank range when a high arc cross from hulk was put through by Neymar to Fred who against all odds managed to scramble one in. They however didn’t relent afterwards, as Oscar fired a ground shot just wide of goal and a clever chip from Paulinho almost caught Casillas off guard.
Spain was however bound to respond and they did with twiddling drive from mid-field maestro Andres iniesta, and a forced corner kick when Brazil goalie and veteran, Julio Ceasar tipped the ball away in the 19th minute of play. David luiz’s near goal line clearance defiled the laws of physics as pedro nearly netted an equalizer for spain which was sadly the closest the spaniards came to scoring besides the spot kick miss by Sergio Ramos which was unarguably a close-call by the referee after seeing Marcelo foul Jesus Navas in the 18-yard box. In what simply was not a good night for spain, Brazil showed prospects that suggested that a sixth world cup title is within their reach.