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Brazil has shown to the world of Football that it remains the champion against all odds. It wins the Confederation Cup against Spain  3 out of 0

 

The Brazilian Squad joyfully celebrating the Cup

Neymar doubled the hosts’ lead before Fluminense star Fred added his second  immediately after half-time.

And it was to get worse for Vincent Del Bosque’s men as Sergio Ramos missed a  penalty and Gerard Pique was sent off.

It was the first time Spain have been beaten by three goals since a defeat to  Wales in 1985 — and it was their first competitive loss in three years.

But it was carnival time in Rio’s Maracana as Brazil showed their fans just  what they can expect in the World Cup next summer.

Fred gave Felipe Scolari’s a dream opening with his goal-poacher’s finish  inside the Spain box.

And the early goal rocked the European champions as Brazil kept pressuring  and  Fred missed a second chance on the breakaway after 28 minutes.

Despite having 61 per cent possession Spain kept giving the ball away in the  opponents’ half.

And the hosts were a constant threat on the counter attack with Neymar, Hulk,  Fred and Oscar scaring the life out of Alvaro Arbeloa and Pique, who could  not  get to grips.

Eventually one of those attacks turned into a second goal, as Neymar had the  ball on the left of the box.

He passed to Oscar, but as Spain went narrow at the back, the Chelsea man  slotted in Neymar — who unleashed a rocketing finish into the roof of the  net.

Half-time might have brought some relief for Del Bosque’s side, but just two  minutes into the second half they conceded a third.

Fred was again given too much time and space as he sidefooted past Iker  Casillas.

Jesus Navas

But the European champions had a lifeline, as Jesus Navas was fouled in the  box five minutes later.

However, after being on the end of a yellow firestorm in Spain’s defence,  Sergio Ramos sloppily put the ball wide to his left.

That was Spain’s chance to get back into the game, and Brazil continued to  toy  with them, creating break after break.

Eventually Neymar broke past Pique who cynically caught his new Barcelona  team-mate — and was shown a straight red card.

There were still time for Spain chances, but the outstanding Julio Cesar  saved  repeatedly from Pedro and sub David Villa.

Brazil have had protests around the country in recent weeks, but there was no  sign of any protests at this result — 12 months before a carnival World Cup

The SunSport

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