Confederations Cup 2013

Brazil 3-0 Spain: Spain unable to cope with Brazil’s pace and power on the break

July 1, 2013
Brazil 3-0 Spain: Spain unable to cope with Brazil’s pace and power on the break

Brazil won the Confederations Cup at the Maracana after a convincing demolition of the world champions. Luis Felipe Scolari stuck with his usual side – in five games he only deviated from this XI once, when Paulinho wasn’t 100% fit for the final group game. Vicente Del Bosque brought in Juan Mata on the left of...
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Spain 0-0 Italy: a lopsided tactical battle but an evenly-balanced game

June 28, 2013
Spain 0-0 Italy: a lopsided tactical battle but an evenly-balanced game

Spain progressed on penalties after an intriguing stalemate. Vicente Del Bosque recalled Fernando Torres and David Silva to play in the front three. Cesare Prandelli was without Mario Balotelli and Ignazio Abate through injury, and Riccardo Montolivo wasn’t 100% fit. Therefore, he switched to a 3-4-2-1ish formation, using an all-Juventus backline and introducing Alberto Gilardino upfront. This...
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Brazil 2-1 Uruguay: Brazil through to the final after substitutes help increase the pressure

June 27, 2013
Brazil 2-1 Uruguay: Brazil through to the final after substitutes help increase the pressure

Brazil weren’t on top form, but Paulinho’s late header sends them through to the final. Luiz Felipe Scolari brought back Paulinho after injury kept the Tottenham target out of the victory over Italy – so Hernanes dropped to the bench. Having changed his entire side for the win over Tahiti, Oscar Tabarez reverted to the side...
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Spain 3-0 Nigeria: Alba & Pedro crucial in a more direct match than Spain are accustomed to

June 25, 2013
Spain 3-0 Nigeria: Alba & Pedro crucial in a more direct match than Spain are accustomed to

Nigeria were more adventurous than the majority of Spain’s opponents, but they left plenty of space for the World Champions to break into. After changing almost his entire team for the thrashing of Tahiti, Vicente del Bosque returned to the outfield side that defeated Uruguay, although Victor Valdes was in goal. Stephen Keshi brought back Sunday...
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Brazil 4-2 Italy: Brazil run riot after half-time

June 24, 2013
Brazil 4-2 Italy: Brazil run riot after half-time

This match took more than 45 minutes to get going, but it turned into a fantastic end-to-end contest. Luis Felipe Scolari brought Hernanes into his side at the expensive of Paulinho, but otherwise his starting XI was unchanged. Cesare Prandelli was without Andrea Pirlo so Alberto Aquilani came into the side, while Leonardo Bonucci, Antonio Candreva...
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