Confederations Cup Final: Brazil vs Spain

3 Jul

Brazil v Spain: Final - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013

Nando’s face says it all, doesn’t it? *Sigh* This game, this game, this game. There’s really not a whole lot to talk about since it was so obvious that Spain was outplayed. As a La Roja fan, it’s disappointing, but Brazil deserved the win completely. I do think that this loss will only help La Roja though. It brings them down a notch and now they have to really look at the way they play, get to reset & regroup as they continue to work towards being successful in qualifying for the 2014 WC and adding another star to their jerseys. Better they have their Brazilian wake up call now, rather than later, that’s for sure.

Brazil's captain Silva argues with Spain's goalkeeper and captain Casillas during their Confederations Cup final soccer match at the Estadio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro

This should never happen. NEVER get in the Saint’s face.


It took almost the entire first half for La Roja to recover from Fred’s opening goal in the 2nd minute. Their best chance came via Pedro in the 39th minute, but the shot was diverted by a slick & quick, sliding, David Luiz. Just before halftime, Neymar brought his sides’ score to 2-0.



Fred was at it again, just minutes into the second half when he scored his second goal. In the 52nd minute, VdB made a change, putting Navas in for Mata. A possible turnaround came immediately, with Navas winning a penalty for Spain. How do I put this nicely?……Sergio took the penalty and his shot went wide. Opportunity to score missed, the end. To make matters worse, Pique got himself sent off in the 68th minute.




Poor Nando, he looked so uncomfortable accepting his Golden Boot award….I’m sure it didn’t help that he only had a handful of teammates clapping for him.


Brazil v Spain: Final - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013





Post Match Comments – From Sky sports & CTpost.


“Once in a while it is convenient to lose because we don’t think we are unbeatable. Today they had more energy and certainly kept their shape better than we did.”

“We are happy with what we have done over the last few years. But one loss — you have to look at it, but not overreact to it. We are not content with the loss. But when a team is superior, you have to accept it. It was a deserved defeat.”


“We knew we were going to encounter a physical game with lots of fouling. We lost to a very strong team and the small details lets us down.”

Cesar Azpilicueta:

“The first minutes and the last minutes of the halves are critical. And they scored their three goals at the beginning and ends of the halves, which is the worst time. Those are the most demoralizing moments.”



“There are some days when nothing goes right for you and it was like that from the very first minute.”

“They scored very early on and then they sat back. There was then a lot of space between attack and defence. You have to congratulate Brazil because they knew exactly how to play against us. They played better football than us. Perhaps when you lose you come to different conclusions than when you win. It’s possible that we felt the physical strain, but they also had a difficult game the day before us and they recovered better than we did.”

“It’s very difficult to process this feeling. We felt inferior and lacking in solutions during most of the game and that had never happened to us before. We genuinely didn’t think we were inferior to this Brazilian team, but tonight we definitely were. And the result can attest to that.”

“This team doesn’t need a wake-up call, nor do we need a defeat to regain our motivation. If there is something positive to be taken from the match, it’s this: it’s confirmed something that we already knew, that it’s not going to be easy to beat Brazil on their own pitch. That said, in one year’s time we’ll be back here as world champions to defend what’s ours.”


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8 Responses to “Confederations Cup Final: Brazil vs Spain”

  1. CinematiqueChic July 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Nando’s face accepting that award is just perfect. “Welp. I guess I have to accept this. And I guess you have to take my photo. Let’s all do what we have to do and get out of here.”

    Poor Sergio. Nobody ever let’s him forget the penalty against Bayern, and now this. But it takes serious mental strength to step up and accept that kind of responsibility under so much pressure.

    Even though La Roja are my boys, I can’t begrudge Brazil, and actually found myself feeling happy for them. If Marcelo is happy it makes me happy. Plus it just feel right to see Brazil win a trophy in Brazil. Congrats to them!

  2. la-la July 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Surprisingly garish boots for Nando, no? And like the evil bitch I am I had a small chuckle at Iniesta’s Stan Laurel impression. I thought Sergios comments were so mature and reasonable and magnanimous.I’m always impressed with how well he expresses himself, especially went losing like that must have been a right kick in the nuts. Future Capi for sure!

  3. Camilla July 3, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    Fifa should come up with better ways to resolve the golden boot thing, Nando and a Fred both scored five goals…. Only nando scored against Tahiti and Nigeria, I mean, seriously? Anyways, I think la roja will shake some things up wich is good, and will come back stronger! But, yeah I’m with Brasil 😉

    • jellyace July 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

      Nando scored his 5 goals in less minutes of play than Fred. It’s goal scoring efficiency used to settle a tie.

  4. hopechaser July 3, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    This match was unexpected in how it played out but I did think Brazil would win regardless. Too much speed and energy bouncing around uncontained in the Brazilian squad, and the ‘strategic’ fouling is hard to play against.

    If Spain wants to play direct though, they have to have a midfield core that knows how to attack and provide service to the forward (eg. EPL, German league players). Barca players aren’t good at this at all so if they lose the midfield and can’t adjust their play (which we know they cannot) then no one up the pitch has a chance. Torres, and Mata too, were isolated before they even hit the pitch by having Barca core all around them and no other forceful attacker to help out. Was really hoping Villa would be able to force something through sheer will but he needed to have come on in the first half. Think we would have gotten at least one back then.

    Anyhoo…sorry for the rant…golden boot, silver ball, fair play awards. This is an excellent demonstration of Spain skill. What I want to know is: did the whole team clap for Iniesta? If they did, then boo for not doing so for Torres. If not, then, okay.

    And am I the only one who smiled when Cesar received his award and he was wearing Casillas’ shirt?

  5. Natalie July 3, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    This was not a fun way to end the final. And why did Ramos took penalty?? there are so many players ahead of him on that list, why did he do it? Oy. It was bad all around, except for Brazil. At least Marcello was happy

  6. drea July 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    Sese and penalties. When will they learn? Yeah, he can sink a panenka every so often, but I think the popularity of Ramos penalty memes highlights the problem.

    Nando and trophies. Lord knows I love him but he is the luckiest mofo in the world with these things.

    Spain and Brazil. Well, now they know.

  7. mygypsyspirit July 4, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    Sergio’s penalty would have been saved anyway. Cesar guessed correctly. We all treat penalties like they’re easy, but they’re not at all. It’s just as nerve wracking to be the penalty taker as it is to be the keeper.

    I am probably the only Brazil fan that I know. So this was so awesome for me. I thought that Brazil played extremely well and did exactly what they needed to do. In order to beat Spain you have to keep them from controlling the pace. They did just that. Spain had nothing for that frantic pace. It was the Brazil I’ve known since I began playing this beautiful game 23 years ago.

    Both teams still have lots of work to do….

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