Confederations Cup Recap: Brazil Over Spain

the Confederations Cup is seen as a dry run for next year’s World Cup. the host nation, along with the world champion, and champions from each of the six confederations, convened in Brazil for the past two weeks.

in what came as a shock to no one, Brazil and Spain ended up meeting in yesterday’s final. the final itself was a huge disappointment, with Brazil routing Spain 3-0. Fred got the Brazilians off to a fast start with a goal in the 2nd minute, scoring inside the box, while on his back, lifting it over a diving Iker Casillas.

Neymar put Brazil up 2-0 just before halftime, with a rocket shot that found the top right corner. Neymar finished the competition with four goals, and won the Golden Ball award for tournament MVP. Barcelona fans are already looking forward to another La Liga title, and a potential meeting with Bayern Munich in next year’s Champions League, with Neymar’s arrival at Nou Camp.

Fred got his second goal of the match in the 47th minute, to cap the scoring. Spain did not look like the team whose jock I’ve been riding the past five years. perhaps, they just didn’t want to embarrass Brazil in front of their own fans, HAHA! regardless, it’s a safe bet these two will meet again in next year’s World Cup final.

the following are brief notes about the other six countries involved in the Confederations Cup:

Italy: after losing to Spain in the 1/2 finals, rebounded to beat Uruguay on penalties in the third-placed game

Mexico: have looked terrible in World Cup qualifying, scoring just 3 goals from six matches

Japan: already qualified for next year’s World Cup, but as usual, Asian sides don’t do very well off their own continent

Uruguay: arguably the most entertaining side in the competition, scoring 14 goals in 5 matches, en route to a 4th-placed finish

Nigeria: saddled with off-field issues involving financial compensation for the players, prior to the tournament

Tahiti: representing the Oceania federation, managed to score 1 goal, while conceding 24

 

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