Brazil v Spain, 30 June 2013

Score3-0 to Brazil
RefereeBjörn Kuipers
CompetitionFIFA Confederations Cup Final
VenueArena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Kick-off: 7.00pm local (11.00pm BST) Match Report Brazil went ahead after three minutes. From the whistle they pressured Spain heavily and the crowd were making incredible noise. They got their reward when Fred scrambled home. The Brazil number nine poked the ball in from the floor. Oscar should have increased the lead when he shot wide from inside the area. Fred had another chance after being fed by Neymar on the counter attack. Pedro then came close to equalising. The winger was slid in by Mata, beat the keeper with a placed shot on for David Luiz to make an emphatic goal line clearance. Before the break it was two. Neymar smashed into the roof of the net from the corner of the penalty area. The assist came from Oscar. Within minutes of the restart and Brazil had a third. Brazil were rampant. Neymar let the ball run for Fred who passed the ball into the corner. Substitute Navas had an instant impact winning a penalty through a Marcelo foul. Sergio Ramos, however, squandered the opportunity to pull a goal back as his penalty went wide of the post. Spain were coming back into the game but still struggling to create chances. Then a decisive blow when Neymar raced past Pique only to be taken down by the Spanish defender who was the last man. Inevitably, the red card was produced. Julio Cesar denied Pedro as Spain desperately searched to restore some pride. Villa was also forced a fine save from the Brazilian goalkeeper. No would have expected to see the World Champions being dispatched so convincingly. The crowd played a big part in this Brazil victory. Neymar was devastating on the night. If he can reproduce this sort of form next year, Brazil will have a chance. Preview Hosts Brazil will be given the ultimate tests ahead of next year's World Cup as they take on Spain in the final. Hulk has received criticism from the Brazilian public and there will be calls for him to be replaced by either Lucas Moura or Bernard. Scolari is, however, likely to stick with the trusted 11 that he has relied on so far. Fabregas will be available again after missing the semi final. Del Bosque may consider the idea of playing the Barcelona man as a false nine in the no striker system he used in the final of Euro 2012. Despite Spain being highly fancied after the first couple of games, there is a feeling that fatigue might play a part. The Spanish may be less well equipped to play their effective pressing style. Brazil, who are likely to be fresher, had an extra day rest and avoided extra time in their semi final.

3  Brazil

Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari

0  Spain

Manager: Vicente del Bosque

Goals:

Fred 2 G
Neymar 44 G
Fred 47 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Júlio César
Defender Dani Alves
Defender Luiz Gustavo
Defender Thiago Silva (captain)
Defender/Midfielder David Luiz
Defender/Midfielder Marcelo
Midfielder Oscar
Midfielder Paulinho
Midfielder/Forward Hulk
Forward Fred
Forward Neymar

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Iker Casillas (captain)
Defender Álvaro Arbeloa
Defender Gerard Piqué
Defender Sergio Ramos
Defender/Midfielder Jordi Alba
Midfielder Andres Iniesta
Midfielder Juan Mata
Midfielder Pedro
Midfielder Sergio Busquets
Midfielder Xavi
Forward Fernando Torres

Substitutions:

Jadson for Hulk 73
Jo for Fred 80
Hernanes for Paulinho 88

Substitutions:

César Azpilicueta for Álvaro Arbeloa 46
Jesús Navas for Juan Mata 52
David Villa for Fernando Torres 59

Cards:

Cards:

Álvaro Arbeloa 16 Y
Sergio Ramos 28 Y
Gerard Piqué 68 R

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri
Goalkeeper Jefferson
Defender Dante
Defender Filipe Luís
Defender Rever
Midfielder Bernard
Midfielder Fernando
Midfielder Hernanes
Midfielder Jadson
Midfielder Jean
Midfielder/Forward Lucas Moura
Forward Jo

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Pepe Reina
Goalkeeper Victor Valdés
Defender Nacho Monreal
Defender/Midfielder César Azpilicueta
Midfielder David Silva
Midfielder Cesc Fabregas
Midfielder Javi Martinez
Midfielder Jesús Navas
Midfielder Raúl Albiol
Midfielder Santi Cazorla
Forward Roberto Soldado
Forward David Villa