Brazil vs Spain Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: June 30, 2013;
Time: 6:00 PM BST;
Venue: Estadio Jornalista Mário Filho (Maracanã) — Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro.
Selecao will do their best to win home tournament and to stop last time all final winners Spain in Maracana super-show. The five-time World Cup winners and the current World and European champions will fight for the Confederations Cup in the final.
It was the most wanted final. Both teams are the group winners and maybe, two of the best international teams in the world at the moment. Brazil is the World Cup hosts, so they need to get confidence and please their fans by winning this Confederations Cup. Spain has won everything for the last time except this tournament, so they will be hunting for another trophy.
Brazil has 4 wins from 4 games. The Selecao team had overcome Italy, Japan and Mexico in the group stage beat Uruguay in the semi-finals. Also, Brazil is undefeated in their last 10 games, winning last 5. They have not lost at home since 1975. The Selecao have won 4 of 8 previous fixtures with Spain also drawing 2 and losing 2. Forward Hulk is a decent player of undoubted quality, but he shows very poor game at this tournament. Brazil has very powerful wingbacks and attacking vector with Neymar and Oscar. Forward Fred is not a big star, but he scores in every game.
Spain has 3 wins in the group stage over Tahiti, Uruguay and Nigeria and 1 draw in the semi-final against Italy, where they won by a penalty shootout, scoring all 7 penalties. So, La Roja is in a continental final again. In the semi-final, Spain looked a little struggling with a lot of mistakes. Forward Torres offered a little upfront, David Silva was ineffectual. Until winger Jesus Navas replaced David Silva there was very little attacking intents. But in the end their penalty shootouts was at the top. Spain are on a record 29-match undefeated run, having 24 wins and 5 draws. Also, La Roja have won their last 6 fixtures against South American teams. Fernando Torres has scored 5 goals in his last 3 games.
Brazil has no injury concerns, so head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari could name the same team that beat Uruguay in the semi-final. Only out-of-form Zenit’s forward Hulk could be replaced.
Spain has no injured players too. Cesc Fabregas and Roberto Soldado have recovered from their injuries and could return on the field.both are expected from the first minutes.
Brazil line-up: César, Alves, Silva, Luiz, Marcelo, Paulinho, Gustavo, Hulk, Oscar, Neymar, Fred.
Brazil 2 – Uruguay 1;
Italy 2 – Brazil 4;
Brazil 2 – Mexico 0;
Brazil 3 – Japan 0.
Spain line-up: Casillas, Arbeloa, Piqué, Ramos, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Fàbregas, Pedro,Soldado, Iniesta.
Spain 0 – Italy 0;
Nigeria 0 – Spain 3;
Spain 10 – Tahiti 0;
Spain 2 – Uruguay 1.