Brazil has defeated the world champions Spain in the final of the Confederations Cup 2013 at Rio de Janeiro on Monday. Brazil won the match by a profound margin of 3-0.
This is the third consecutive time that Brazil has won this tournament. They were not the favourites coming into this final, but, with a brilliant team effort, they made the world champions look ordinary on the ground.
Fred was the stand out performer for Brazil. He scored the first and the third goal for his team. The second goal was scored by the superstar Neymar who was also given the Golden Ball award in the post match presentation ceremony.
The Brazilian manager Luiz Felipe Scolari changed the fortunes of the team with his arrival. He was appointed as Brazilian manager for the second time in November last year. The Brazilian team was not going through a good phase at that time, but, Scolari brought a lot of freshness with himself. He just changed the attitude of the whole team. Brazil started looking like a different unit altogether on the ground.
Scolari’s first tenure as Brazilian manager was quite successful as well. He had guided the team to the World Cup title in 2002.
Talking to the reporters after Brazil’s victory over Spain, Scolari said, “We played fabulously well as a team. It was important to stick to the plans and we did that wonderfully.”
“This win will give the players belief that they can get better of any team in the world.”
“The fans are the real heroes. They cheered the team all the way through and I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.”
“We still have to make a lot of improvements before the 2014 World Cup. I don’t think we are a complete side yet.”