Brazil dismantled Spain 3-0 in a one-sided final and showed the world that they would be the team to beat in next summer’s football extravaganza.
Here are five key talking points of the final:
Neymar is not just a YouTube star
All those who argued that Neymar was just a ‘YouTube star’ and would not be able to handle Europe’s top defences can take a punch in their face. Neymar was brilliant throughout the final and put Pique to shame over the course of the match which eventually led to a red card. He was just too hot to handle for Arbeloa, who is known to be defensively sound and this led to him being replaced at half-time. His goal just before half-time was the moment of the match as he unleashed an unstoppable shot after cleverly shaking off Pique. Overall, Neymar embarrassed a Spain team that had been unbeaten for nearly three years.
Torres and Villa are past their golden days
While at Liverpool, Torres used to score week-in week-out as though there was no goalkeeper. But he has been in woeful form since moving to Chelsea and has been dire against tough and organized defences. He never got much time on the ball and he was dispossessed easily. Del Bosque could have had a better chance had he played Fabregas in the false 9 instead of Torres.
David Villa was equally poor after coming on as a substitute. He looked off-colour and never really got into any good scoring position save for a shot which was parried away by Julio Cesar.
Julio Caesar is as good as Casillas and deserves a better team
There was one shining spot in the QPR team last season. It was Julio Caesar, their new goalkeeper, who had an excellent season and kept them in contention for survival throughout the season. But his performance for the Brazil national side has been breathtaking and has single-handedly saved matches for them. He saved Forlan’s penalty in the semis and put up an excellent performance in the final making three crucial saves. A man of this calibre surely deserves to play in a better team.
Spain can be beaten
The Confederations Cup final presented us with something that we hadn’t seen for three years. Brazil destroyed Spain 3-0 and gave them their first loss since the one in 2010 World Cup. Since then the Spanish team has become so strong that it outclassed every team with their tiki-taka football. But Luis Scolari found a solution. He asked his team to press Spain upfield and hit them on the counter-attack.
Neymar played between Pique and Arbeloa, often exchanging positions with Fred which the Spanish duo couldn’t handle during the match. Now this gives an avenue for all teams in the world to play a a brand of football that can annoy the Spanish midfield wizards.
Brazil are good enough to be World Champions
One word that can be used to describe Brazil’s performance against is ‘class’. It was a superb display from Brazil and their all-round game was excellent. Brazil regularly dispossessed Spain which affected their rhythm and were devastating on the counter which earned them a goal and a red card when Neymar exposed Pique’s positioning. They may win their sixth World Cup next year if they continue to play in the same vein.