The Brazilian National team, last night, won the 2013 FIFA Confederation Cup by beating current World and European champions, Spain, by Three goals to none.
The eagerly anticipated match was the first competitive meeting between the two football greats since 1st June 1986 during the 1986 FIFA World Cup Finals in Spain. A lone goal by the late Brazilian midfielder, Socrates, in the 61st minute of the match separated the two sides then.
Brazilian fans, however, did not have to wait for sixty-one minutes yesterday as Fred put the South-Americans ahead less than two minutes from kick-off. The Fluminense Striker scored the goal from an almost impossible angle-lying on his side.
Oscar missed an opportunity to make it two-nil less than six minutes later when he played a low shot that was only inches away from the goal post.
Neyma, the 21-year old Barcelona bound striker added to Spain’s misery by making it two-nil just before the half time whistle was blown.
Brazil’s third goal and Fred’s second was scored during the second half of the match.
It could not have been a worse night for Spain as Sergio Ramos missed a penalty kick and Gerard Pique was sent off the pitch for fouling Neyma.
Yesterday’s defeat marked the end of Spain’s three-year unbeaten run in international competitive matches.
The match was dubbed, ‘best team in history against best team in the world.’
In a related development, Italy beat Uruguay by 5-4 to win the third place match. The match ended 2-2 after 120mins of play. The two sides then proceeded to penalty kicks to decide the winner.