Confederations Cup final: Brazil v Spain as it happened

Live text commentary and video as hosts Brazil beat world champions Spain to win the Confederations Cup in Rio.

28 August 2013 Last updated at 10:42 GMT

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As it happened

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    Rio de Janeiro is a city which certainly knows how to party - but I suspect the celebrations will even more manic there, and across the Brazil, later. Imagine how they will celebrate if the Selecao deliver the ultimate prize on home soil next year? Well, there is only 377 days until the 2014 World Cup final when we will find out if Luiz Felipe Scolari and his team can build on this success. But that's all for now - thanks for your company!

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    Brazil win Confederations Cup

    Beaming smiles are etched across all the Brazil players' faces as they collect their well-deserved winners' medals. Last up is skipper Thiago Silva who lifts the trophy, after a painstaking wait, to an almighty roar inside the Maracana.

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    Alan Shearer, BBC Sport

    "Is it amazing that a couple of months ago there was pressure on Scolari. The Brazilians now, in tournament football, have an edge about them, before that it was friendlies. Now they go back to friendlies but as they say 'judge us when it matters'."

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    Now all that business is out of the way, we're down to the moment almost everyone inside the packed Maracana wants to see. Led by boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil climb up to the gigantic stage for the Confederations Cup trophy.

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    Paulinho, Neymar, Andres Iniesta

    It didn't take a genius to work this one out - Neymar is named the tournament's best player and receives the Golden Ball for his stunning performances. Spain playmaker Andres Iniesta trudges up for the Silver Ball, while Neymar's team-mate Paulinho is awarded the Bronze Ball.

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    There's a triple success for Brazil in the individual stakes. Neymar collects the Bronze Boot and team-mate Fred gets the Silver Boot, while Julio Cesar is handed the Golden Glove for being named the tournament's best goalkeeper.

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    Before Brazil are handed the Confederations Cup trophy, there are a few individual prizes to be dished out. A miserable looking Iker Casillas collects the Fair Play award, before an equally glum Fernando Torres is given the Golden Boot.

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    Former Chelsea and Italy striker Gianluca Vialli on BBC One: "I know tonight has been a predictable sometimes clueless and lethargic Spain, but that shouldn't take anything away from Brazil."

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    Brazil 3-0 Spain

    While the celebrating Brazilians are gathered on the pitch waiting for the trophy presentation, they are having a bit of a boogie. Dante, Jo, Dani Alves and Lucas Moura have been joined by a drum and a tambourine as they have a good old sing-song.

    Brazil players
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    Alan Hansen, BBC Sport

    "I thought it was a great night of football. It was an extraordinary atmosphere created by the crowd and the Brazil players responded and thoroughly deserved to win the match."

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    The Match of the Day vote is now closed. 71% voted that Neymar's goal against Japan was the goal of the tournament.


    Bigfellaz: Barca can make 100% profit on Neymar after that performance. What a player!

    James V: Not even Jesus (Navas) could save Spain in the City of God.

    Josh Morris: Spain lost to USA in the last confederations cup, ending an unbeaten run, we all know what happened at the WC that followed.


    Tony, London, via text: The Brazil performance was engineered by Jose Mourinho. It was exactly how Real played (and won) against Barca when he was in charge.

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    Ben Smith, BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro

    "What a privilege that was to watch from my seat here in the Maracana. Brazil were simply magnificent and they are dancing away, arm in arm, in the centre circle as I type. Now they run to each of the four sides of the Maracana to thank the fans for their vital part in this victory and all while Spain try to work out exactly what happened.

    "It is far too early to write them off, of course, but that was their first defeat since 2010. One factor that must be taken into consideration is the 120 minutes they played in the heat and humidity of Fortaleza on Thursday, while Brazil watched from their five-star resort here in Rio. I don't think you need me to tell you that they will dancing in the streets of Rio tonight..."

    Brazil players
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    GOLDEN BALL- Brazil 3-0 Spain

    While Brazil get their collective hands on the winning trophy, Neymar or Paulinho may also take home the player of the tournament gong. The pair, plus Spanish duo Andres Iniesta and Sergio Ramos, have been named on Fifa's six-man shortlist for the Golden Ball, which is awarded to the best player of the tournament. Italy midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo and Uruguay talisman Luis Suarez are also contenders, with the winner being presented with this lovely trophy shortly.

    Fifa Golden Ball
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    Brazil 3-0 Spain

    Neymar jogs away from his celebrating team-mates to offer his commiserations to future Barcelona team-mates Victor Valdes and Andres Iniesta. The Brazil talisman is a certainty to walk away with the Golden Ball isn't he?

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    FULL-TIME- Brazil 3-0 Spain

    Cue mayhem! Luiz Felipe Scolari warmly embraces his coaching staff, while David Luiz drops to the ground in prayer.

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    Mark Lawrenson, Football Analyst

    "In many ways by winning this competition, it just ratchets up the expectation for next year."

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    Brazil 3-0 Spain

    The Brazilians are jumping on the terraces - and they are jumping on the bench. The substitutes are preparing to rush on to the field to celebrate - nearly there lads...

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    Brazil 3-0 Spain

    The home fans are creating an almighty din as they rise to their feet in the final minute of normal time. Two minutes of added time is shown by the fourth official - and then the Maracana is going to explode.

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    SUBSTITUTION- Brazil 3-0 Spain

    Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari makes his final substitution of the evening as Hernanes replaces fellow central midfielder Paulinho. It's almost party time in Rio.

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    Brazil 3-0 Spain

    In fairness to the Spaniards, they are refusing to pack in. Jesus Navas uses his electric pace to find room on the right wing to pick out David Villa, who cuts inside Dani Alves with a clever touch, only to see his goal bound effort acrobatically pushed to safety by Brazil keeper Julio Cesar.


    Wilson Mose: "Spain today look worse than Tahiti. Could have been 10-0."

    Thomas: "This is more about the return of Brazil than the fall of Spain. Great to see them back."

    Hugues: "Against Brazil you play defending football, hope for a a bad day. Attacking Brazil is a mistake Italy/Spain have learned that."

    Ben Runcorn: "England's 2-2 draw with brazil is looking ever better!"

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    Brazil 3-0 Spain

    Brazil continue to press and Jo, who has netted in both of his substitute appearances in the tournament, wants a slice of the action. He elects to shoot from an unfavourable angle on the edge of the Spain area, but really he should have squared to the supporting Neymar.

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    Mark Lawrenson, Football Analyst

    "In Spain's very first game of the competition we described their performance as a masterclass, but it's definitely roles reversed tonight."

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    Brazil 3-0 Spain

    Still no joy for Spain as Pedro's fierce angled strike is superbly tipped wide by Brazil stopper Julio Cesar. I almost feel sorry for Spain. Almost.

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    SUBSTITUTION- Brazil 3-0 Spain

    Football grounds rarely get any louder than this. Two-goal hero Fred receives a rapturous reception as he trudges off to be replaced by ex-Manchester City and Everton striker Jo.

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    Brazil 3-0 Spain

    Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari stills looks very serious on the touchline - he wants even more. And he nearly gets a fourth as Neymar marauds through the Spanish midfield again, only to be denied by Cesar Azpilicueta's vital touch which takes the ball back to a grateful Iker Casillas.

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    Brazil 3-0 Spain

    Indeed Yousif - I must admit I was a little unconvinced by Neymar before this tournament. But, boy, has he shone. He is skipping past Spanish defenders for fun and at the moment they can only resort to attempts of hacking him down.


    Yousif, via text: I've been adamant I wouldn't let myself get drawn into this Neymar "hype" but I've been left very little choice.


    Adam Venables: "Spain are missing the calming influence of Xabi Alonso. I image this game would have been very different with him involved."

    Alex Chelsea: "We are all lucky enough to be witnessing a downfall of an empire in Spanish football."

    Dom Samways: "Too many already writing-off era of tiki-taka. Spain are no longer unstoppable but they're still what every team aspires to."

    Hafiz Braimah: "Indeed a final! excellent football, wonderful goals, goal line clearances, missed penalty and a sending off. what next?"

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    SUBSTITUTION- Brazil 3-0 Spain

    Brazil's Hulk departs to a standing ovation from the jubilant Maracana crowd and gets a bearhug from big Phil Scolari for his efforts. Sao Paolo forward Jadson enters for his first appearance of the tournament - what a time to make it.

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    Ben Smith, BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro

    "Spain have just had a night they will want to forget very, very quickly. Everything that could have gone wrong has and the crowd here in the Maracana are celebrating every moment of it.

    "Gerard Pique went straight down the tunnel, waved off by 80,000 Brazilians who serenade him with Shakira, Shakira as he leaves the field.

    "Brazil are tiring but this crowd are just lifting them and lifting them again. The national anthem currently being sung. Just hard to get across how much of a factor they have been tonight."

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    Mark Lawrenson, Football Analyst

    "Pique knew exactly what he was going down. He thought 'we're 3-0 down I'm not chasing him, I'm just going take him down'."

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    Brazil 3-0 Spain

    Neymar steps up as he looks to punish the Spaniards further from the resulting free-kick, but sends a curling effort from 25 yards whistling over the bar. It can't get any worse for Spain, can it?


    Jack Colwill: After finding out what it's like to play against them, maybe Spain will be a bit nicer to the rest of us now?

    Ross Hodgson: Brazil may be winning but if you could have one player in your team off that pitch it'd be Iniesta.

    Adam G: Spain lose one game in a final and suddenly their dominance is over? Spain are a quality striker short of a second WC

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    RED CARD- Brazil 3-0 Spain (Gerard Pique, 68 mins)

    Brazil's Neymar escapes the clutches of Sergio Busquets and bears menacingly down on the Spain goal. Gerard Pique storms across with only one thing on his mind - taking his new Barcelona team-mate out. Which he does. And earns a red card in the process.

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    Brazil 3-0 Spain

    Still the game swings from end-to-end at a ferocious pace. Spain keeper Iker Casillas flies from his goal to boot clear another searching long ball, before Jesus Navas flashes a shot past the Brazil post.

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    Brazil 3-0 Spain

    Neymar is pulling all the strings for Brazil and slices open the Spanish defence again with a beautifully-weighted slide rule pass to Marcelo. But the left-back gets all greedy and tries shooting from a tight angle instead of laying on Fred. Predictably he sends it crashing into the side-netting.


    Flash, Manchester, via text: This is reminiscent of Bayern vs Barcelona, we are watching the end of the Spanish dominance....


    Sam Victory: Any other team around the World would change their tactics...Not Spain and that's why they are losing.

    Ash: Oh deary me Ramos. I think that has summed up this match for Spain. All over for them.

    Hashim Albahbahani: Wait, you've got Xavi and Iniesta in your team but you let Ramos take a penalty? Incredible decision.

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    SUBSTITUTION- Brazil 3-0 Spain

    Vicente Del Bosque throws on David Villa - Spain's record goalscorer - for Fernando Torres.

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    Brazil 3-0 Spain

    Spain haven't given up the ghost yet mind. Better build up play ends in Andres Iniesta firing straight at a grateful Julio Cesar. Then seconds later Neymar's through ball finds Hulk who is clean through at the other end, only to be denied by Iker Casillas who darts out of his penalty area to avert the danger.

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    Mark Lawrenson, Football Analyst on BBC One

    "That's a poor penalty that sums up Spain's night. It just shows you what can happen when you're brain is scrambled. If you're Vincent Del Bosque where do you go from here? Besides home. It will be interesting to see if the Spanish players want the ball as much now that they're 3-0 down."

    Julio Cesar
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    MISSED PENALTY- Brazil 3-0 Spain (Sergio Ramos)

    Sergio Ramos, fresh from his success in Thursday's shoot-out win against Italy, steps up confidently...and drills his effort wide. Cue wild celebrations around the Maracana. That simply sums up Spain's miserable night...

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    PENALTY- Brazil 3-0 Spain

    And Spain have a lifeline! Marcelo clumsily hacks down the recently-introduced Jesus Navas and there's no question it is a spot-kick...

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    Ben Smith, BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro

    "Spain were clearly desperate to hear the half-time whistle, but even that only brought 15 minutes of respite. Brazil have begun this second half as they did the first, at 100mph and they are simply blowing the world champions away, carried along by a crowd that is playing a blinder.

    "It was a wonderful finish by Fred and a even better dummy by Neymar to tee him up. As Brazil raced away to celebrate, the Spain players just looked at each other. They have no answer at this stage."

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    SUBSTITUTION- Brazil 3-0 Spain

    Jesus Navas comes on for Spain to replace Juan Mata. It is going to take a miracle of Jesus-like proportions for Spain to wriggle out of thsi one.


    Tom Kiddle: Lets see if Spain have a plan B and can prove that they are one of the best teams ever.

    Harry Short: Not the best year of football if you're Spanish. Outplayed by the Germans now the Brazilians.

    Andrew Priestley: Brazil looking better and better for victory tonight, and perhaps more importantly, for victory next year at World Cup 2014.

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    Brazil 3-0 Spain

    An uphill task has just turned into an almost impossible one for the Spanish. And still Brazil pile forward - Marcelo bursting into the penalty area before the Spain defence hastily clear.

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    Mark Lawrenson, Football Analyst on BBC One

    "Such a measured, calm finish. They knew exactly what they wanted, Brazil, to get it into Fred. Casillas should have stopped it. He got half a hand to it but he's tried to flick it around the post."

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    GOAL- Brazil 3-0 Spain - Fred (47 mins)

    Was it all over at half-time? Well it is now surely. Fred, much-maligned before kick-off, answers his critics by striking in a wonderful first-time finish from just inside the Spain penalty area.

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    SUBSTITUTION- Brazil 2-0 Spain

    Unsurprisingly, Spain right-back Alvaro Arbeloa is hooked at the interval after being terrorised by the Brazilian attack. Cesar Azpilicueta comes on.

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    KICK-OFF- Brazil 2-0 Spain

    We're back under way in the Maracana. Can Spain produce something special?

    Ben Smith, BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro

    Spain booed as they re-emerge for the second half.


    Sarhan Hassan: "You know what? This Neymar lad might be quite fairly almost half decent after all."

    Ben Aitkenhead: "Shades of 1978 Argentina? Explosive and physical host, not leashed by intimidated refs, and riding irresistible momentum."

    Abhinav Reddy: "Tip for Ancelotti: Never ever play Arbeloa in an El Clasico if Neymar is starting for Barcelona."

    Montana Bramble: "Spain have been exceptional for years. Every team has their era. But its still amazing to see how the mighty have fallen!"

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    Former Chelsea and Italy striker Gianluca Vialli on BBC One: "I'm so impressed with Brazil - they're breathtaking at times. They're so aggressive - over aggressive at times. I'm so impressed with Paulinho and Luis Gustavo. They're not Brazilian-type, elegant midfielders - they're so aggressive."

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    SPANISH INQUISITION- Brazil 2-0 Spain

    Oh to be a fly-on-the-wall in the Spanish dressing room right now. La Roja boss Vicente Del Bosque doesn't usually have to dish out half-time rollickings - but he must be tempted to throw a few teacups around after that dismal first-half display from the world and European champions.

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    Jack in Newcastle via text: David Luiz deserves some credit for that Neymar goal. Would it have come without that block? I doubt it.

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    Alan Shearer, BBC Sport

    "Arbeloa has been terrible tonight. Neymar has got him on toast, Arbeloa has not got a clue to handle him. The performances of Arbeloa and Mata have been terrible."

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    Alan Hansen, BBC Sport

    "Brazil have been magnificent but what has happened to the Spanish? Tonight they have not been passing it. They only have one player tonight and that is Iniesta. How often do you say that?"

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    The first Match of the Day vote is now closed - thank you to those who voted. 52% believed that Spain will win the Confederations Cup final.

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    Ben Smith, BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro

    "I have been to a a lot of football matches and a lot of sporting events around the world, but the noise when Neymar thundered that ball beyond the right hand of Iker Casillas is unlike anything I have heard before. This crowd were ready to lift their team an hour before kick-off, but no one could have imagine just how much they would affect this game. 'Ole, ole, ole, ole - Neymar, Neymar - rings around the Maracana. The 21-year-old has made this tournament his own."

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    What a half! It's been a dream for Brazil. But a nightmare for Spain. The hosts are cheered off the pitch to a remarkable ovation and rightly so. Is there any way back for Spain?

    Mark Lawrenson, Football Analyst

    "Clever from Oscar because he waited a few moments before playing in Neymar. I'm so impressed with his movement and he's got a wonderful football brain. Spain just want to get off at the moment."


    Barry Johnson: Neymar does it again! What a game this is. Cannot wait for the second half. Lots of coffee tomorrow, not going to bed for sure.

    Ben Runcorn: Spain's tactic of not marking neymar doesn't seem to working. Surprising that.

    Craig: Brazil have been absolutely brilliant this whole half. Unbelievable finish by Neymar.

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    GOAL- Brazil 2-0 Spain - Neymar (44 mins)

    David Luiz's clearance looks even more pivotal now - because seconds later Neymar doubles Brazil's lead at the other end. The Barcelona man smartly stays onside to collect Oscar's pass before smashing a thunderous effort past a static Iker Casillas. Fabulous.


    Garreth Frank: I don't think I've ever heard such a huge reaction for a piece of defending as that Luiz block

    Rian Hoskins: In what has been a brilliant game, that was one of the best clearances of the line I've seen for a while. Excellent by Luiz!

    Andy Hall: David Luiz must surely be impressing Mr Mourinho with this performance.

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    Brazil 1-0 Spain

    David Luiz's name echoes around the vast dins of the Maracana as the fervent home support show their appreciation. That was Spain's best chance - will they rue that miss?

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    CLOSE!- Brazil 1-0 Spain

    Pedro races clear after brilliant build-up play involving Fernando Torres and Juan Mata and keeps his cool before confidently rolling the ball past Brazil keeper Julio Cesar. An equaliser for Spain looks certain - but wait! David Luiz heroically flings himself across the goal-line to scoop the ball over the bar. A collective relief all round in the Maracana.

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    Mark Lawrenson, Football Analyst

    "I've never seen Spain like this. I'm sure (Del Bosque) will give it them at half-time. It's something he does rarely but it may have an affect tonight. They're not getting in the game Xavi and Iniesta. They're normally the metronomes for Spain."


    Adam, Darlington, via text: It's not going to be the last time Arbeloa will be up against Neymar. I cannot wait to see him in a Barcelona shirt. Mouthwatering.

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    Brazil 1-0 Spain

    I can't stress how excellent this game is. It's fast and furious as the play ticks quickly from one side to the other like a pendulum in a clock. Brazil are pressing Spain quickly and not allowing them any time on the ball. The key question is how long can the Selecao maintain this tempo?

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    CLOSE!- Brazil 1-0 Spain

    Moments later, Fred gains another golden chance as he runs clear of his marker from a corner to send a free header past the post.

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    CLOSE!- Brazil 1-0 Spain

    Spain give away possession again and the yellow shirts of Brazil swoop forward reminiscent of a flock of canaries in the clear blue sky. Fred has another golden opportunity as Spain scramble back but his tame shot is blocked by the feet of Iker Casillas.

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    Ben Smith, BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro

    "This is a fascinating encounter, so delicately poised and so, unbelievably passionate. Brazil are playing with an intensity and courage that is surpassing anything I have seen them produce in this tournament so far. Spain are being given a lesson in what it is like to play Spain and they don't like it.

    "We have already seen a few flashpoints and although Spain are starting to show signs of finding their rhythm, that cool and calculated approach we know them for has given way to something altogether more impulsive and off the cuff. But how long can Brazil keep this up?"

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    Mark Lawrenson, Football Analyst

    "Vicente Del Bosque is patrolling his technical area looking very thoughtful. This is not Spain, well done Brazil."

    Del Bosque

    Jamie Hardesty: Brazil simply look like they want it more. Spanish threat is usually deceiving however, I still back them.

    David Hopkin: More long balls than we're used to seeing from Spain. When the adrenalin dies, Spain will settle. Then Brazil will be tested.

    Conor McMeekin: Spain are so dull most of the time! Brazil have a much better mix of passing, flair and attacking movement!

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    Brazil 1-0 Spain

    Hulk is the man entrusted with the resulting free-kick and he lashes an absolute thunderbolt towards goal. But it is always rising and sails into the stands. And probably knocks out some unsuspecting punter in the process.

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    YELLOW CARD- Brazil 1-0 Spain

    Oscar is back in the thick of the action as he tumbles under a Sergio Ramos challenge on the edge of the Spain area. Brazil's players are frantically gesticulating at the referee to show the red card to Ramos, but out comes the yellow. Dangerous times for the Spanish...

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    Brazil 1-0 Spain

    Oscar is like the Paul Scholes of Brazilian football - and he tackles like him too. The Chelsea midfielder hopelessly times a tackle on Andres Iniesta but escapes a booking.

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    Brazil 1-0 Spain

    Brazil threaten again as Fred latches on to Oscar's clip through the middle. But the goalscorer fails to hit the target before Fernando Torres goes down in a challenge at the other end. Breathless stuff.


    Tom Bettam: Brazil were always going to come flying out the blocks. Plenty of life left in this game yet though.

    Lorcan Stakem: Thank you Brazil for making a Spain game a little more entertaining.

    Kieran Morrison: Used to the high intensity start from Brazil, lets see what happens when they inevitably begin to tire

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    Brazil 1-0 Spain

    Spain launch another attack and win a free-kick around 35 yards out from goal. Is defender Sergio Ramos lining up a shot here? He is you know. But the Real Madrid man blasts it hopelessly wide to the relief of the hosts.


    Lis via text: If that is the noise when they score a goal in the Confederation Cup final - then I hope they win the World Cup next year. Mental and awesome doesn't come close.

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    Brazil 1-0 Spain

    Spain enjoy their first stint of concerted pressure and Andres Iniesta finally works Julio Cesar with a fizzing low shot which the Brazil keeper scrambles out for a corner. Fernando Torres heads the set-piece on to the roof of the net.

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    Mark Lawrenson, Football Analyst on BBC One

    "It's the Brazilians who are pressing. They're doing a Spain on Spain. Julio Cesar has had nothing to do at all."


    Hazem Radi: This is showing why Brazil will win the World Cup next year!

    Robert Winscott: Every tackle, every pass, every run being cheered by Brazil fans like they've scored. Unbelievable atmosphere.

    Ross Parker: Spain look shaken and haven't composed themselves since that early Brazil goal. Brazil must capitalise though and grab a 2nd

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    Alvaro Arbeloa pulls back Neymar on the halfway line as the Brazilian tries to race clear. All hell breaks loose as the hosts demand strong action against the Real Madrid man - but he escapes with a booking. Chaotic start.

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    Brazil 1-0 Spain

    Brazil midfielder Paulinho tries a cheeky long-range lob after the Selecao's high-pressing game robs the Spanish midfield of possession. A back-pedalling Iker Casillas scrambles back and does enough to palm the ball to safety. Just.

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    Brazil 1-0 Spain

    That's a bit harsh from Lawro in my humble opinion, but Oscar should have at least made Iker Casillas work. It's been a high-tempo start from the pumped-up hosts as tempers fray between Spain's Fernando Torres and Brazil's Marcelo.

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    Mark Lawrenson, Football Analyst on BBC One

    "Oscar should have scored. It's a fantastic opportunity. He's got all the goal to aim at."

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    CLOSE!- Brazil 1-0 Spain

    Golden chance for Oscar to double Brazil's lead. Neymar feeds Fred whose cheeky flick finds the Chelsea midfielder but he rolls a low shot wide. More suspect defending by Spain's Alvaro Arbeloa.


    Sean: Spain are struggling with this crowd and atmosphere!

    Paul Thompson: You can never count against home support, what a start from Brazil! Already this is turning into the final everybody wanted.

    Joe Turnbull: Scrappy goal and poor defending from Spain but a great start for Brazil!

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    PENALTY APPEAL- Brazil 1-0 Spain

    Strong shouts of handball from the Spanish in their first foray forward. Panic engulfs the Brazilian defence as a left-wing cross from Jordi Alba comes in - but the hosts survive.

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    Ben Smith, BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro

    "The passion and the power that came from the singing of that Brazil anthem has all but given Brazil a goal start. Spain are very experienced but it would have been impossible not to have been shaken, even just a little, by this crowd. If the world champions had hoped an early goal might take the sting out of this partisan stadium, they will now have to move on to Plan B.

    "Brazil are in front and they haven't lost on home soil since 1975. Spain have it all to do."

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    Brazil 1-0 Spain

    I didn't think the atmosphere inside the Maracana could be raised any higher - but the noise levels have gone through the decibel meter. The usually-cool Spaniards are rocking as Neymar floats another dangerous-looking cross towards goal.

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    Mark Lawrenson, Football Analyst on BBC One

    "Pique's all over the place, Arbeloa's all over the place. A lot of people thought Fred shouldn't have been brought back into the team but Scolari's brought him back for a reason."

    Brazil v Spain
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    GOAL- Brazil 1-0 Spain - Fred (2 mins)

    Well it wasn't goal of Brazilian beauty - but who cares? Not the Maracana. Fred sits on his backside in the Spanish six-yard box before sweeping in Neymar's knockdown in the scrappiest of goals.

    Mark Lawrenson, Football Analyst

    "After that fantastic rendition of the Brazil national anthem, Spain are playing against 12 men. It was absolutely sensational."

  102. 2300: 
    KICK-OFF- Brazil 0-0 Spain

    Brazil kick things underway to a backdrop of a wall of noise.

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    Brazil captain Thiago Silva and Spanish counterpart Iker Casillas swap pennants and shake hands with referee Bjorn Kuipers. They are ready. Are you?

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    Spain's national anthem is impeccably observed, before the Brazilian players and fans belt out a rousing rendition of their anthem. Emotional skipper Thiago Silva closes his eyes as the whole stadium continues singing long after the music finishes. Stirring stuff!

  105. 2255: 

    Much of Brazil's success in this tournament has been down to the mercurial talents of Neymar. The 21-year-old forward has danced, skipped and tripped his way past defenders - embarrassing a series of more experienced opponents. More importantly, he has provided the final product which he has previously appeared to lack with thumping volleys and clever assists.

    But will the new Barcelona forward deliver tonight against his many of new team-mates?

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    The players are lined up in the tunnel as a Rockyesque chant of 'Bra-zil' booms around the partizan Maracana. It's nearly show time folks...

  107. 2253:  
    Alan Hansen, BBC Sport

    "I don't like Fred, I think he is overrated. Hulk is the other one. I don't see it."

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    Avi K, Spurs fan, via text: I really hope Paulinho has a bad game today so he doesn't attract other clubs and spurs can sign him!

    Jane, via text: I love David Luiz's joy for the game. Still want Spain to win though!

    Maurice, Rotterdam, via text: I think Hulk could really have some success down the right against Jordi Alba today. Hulk is vastly physically superior.

  109. 2252:  
    Ben Smith, BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro

    "Just as we approach kick-off, I am getting reports that police and protestors are now clashing in the streets about a half a mile from the stadium. This has become something of a theme with these demonstrations, the peaceful protests end and a small minority of those intent of destruction and looting clash with the police. It has happened this way for the past week."

    Brazilian police
  110. 2250: 

    However, Fifa president Sepp Blatter believes the governing body's reputation has been enhanced by the Confederations Cup - despite the demonstrations.

    "Football has played a positive part here and given emotion," said Blatter. "I can understand this social unrest, absolutely, I can understand it. But on the other hand, football brings at this time to Brazil, these emotions and hope that the cabinet can change something."

    Sepp Blatter

    Hector Payne: "Brazilian samba style and home crowd to overcome the boring tiki taka."

    Joe Wilson: "The holders of the Confederations Cup have never won the World Cup. Money on Germany if Spain win tonight."

    Enoch Wong: "David Luiz will be crucial to stopping Chelsea's dynamic duo of Torres and Mata."

    Tom Biggar: "Neymar has a golden opportunity not only against a team like Spain but against Arbeloa who is the weak link in their defence."

  112. 2248: 
    Brazil football expert Tim Vickery, BBC Sport

    "I think the World Cup will go ahead but I think it will have problems. All of the other areas of the protests, health, education, transport, they can offer concessions but it is difficult to see where they can offer concessions on hosting the World Cup as the money has already been spent."

  113. 2247: 

    But it has not just been the football which has captured the attention of the watching world throughout the tournament. Thousands of Brazilians have protested outside the stadiums, as well as the streets of over 100 cities, against corruption and the high cost of preparations for the World Cup.

    Protests have resumed ahead of the final with thousands marching towards the iconic Maracana stadium, despite a huge security operation in Rio de Janeiro. It is thought Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff will not attend after she was booed as she opened the tournament two weeks ago.

  114. 2245:  
    Alan Hansen, BBC Sport

    "Brazil can't keep the ball as well as Spain. If the Spanish play well I don't think anyone will pass them. I don't think Brazil are good enough going forward, they have two or three players who are massively overrated."

  115. 2243:  
    Alan Shearer, BBC Sport

    "You can bet anything you want that Brazil will have looked at the video of Italy and how they caused Spain problems. In the end it was Spain that were being pushed back and it was Italy doing the passing."

  116. 2242: 

    But never mind two of the best teams on the planet - the side which has really captured the hearts of many is the one ranked 138th in the world. Minnows Tahiti, or the Iron Warriors as they are affectionately known, brought a smile to the face of many onlookers with their cavalier approach. Who can forget the sheer joy of their players when they scored against Nigeria?

  117. 2241:  
    Ben Smith, BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro

    "The Maracana is just about full and has been for almost an hour. Both teams are out on the field in front of me warming up but the crowd are just ready to erupt here in Rio. The protests continue to remain calm outside, but when Brazil plays everything stops, including the demonstrations.

    Brazil fans

    "I know it is a cliche but it really is hard to get across just how noisy it is in this stadium and just how partisan it is. This great Spanish side has played in so massive games and in many difficult atmospheres but I can not remember a stadium that has ever been so one-sided as this for a final."


    Alex Acklam: "This was always going to be the final, will fan power be enough for Brazil? Time for Neymar to step up on the big occasion."

    Fidel Grant: "Spain it is, their passing and possession has never been seen. Dominating the opposition to death and they rarely concede."

    Snr Neave: "Really fancy Brazil tonight, could be the game Hulk proves his skeptics wrong! Could be the beginning of the end for Spain!"

    Harry Davis: "Spain have the strongest depth in the world, can't see them losing this and will be surprised if they don't win the WC."

  119. 2238:  
    Alan Hansen, BBC Sport

    "I think the other night because of the heat against Italy, Spain were lethargic with their passing. If they are going to win tonight, they are going to have to be better."

  120. 2236: 

    Likewise, Spain did not enjoy the most comfortable passage into the showpiece. They were torn apart down the flanks by a rampant Italy side who perfectly executed their tactical plan to exploit Spanish full-backs Alvaro Arbeloa and Jordi Alba. But the Azzurri could not find the killer touch and were punished as Spain won a high-quality penalty shootout to advance.

    However, it was all plain sailing for La Roja in the group stage. They plundered 15 goals - conceding just once in the process - as they brushed aside Uruguay, Tahiti and Nigeria.

  121. 2234: 

    Brazil are always expected to perform by their demanding fans, but they entered the Confederations Cup under more pressure than any other Selecao side. Luiz Felipe Scolari's team had won just two of their previous nine games before blowing away Japan with a 3-0 win in their first competitive fixture in 23 months.

    Further group-stage wins against Mexico and Italy followed before they scraped into the final with an unconvincing 2-1 success against South American rivals Uruguay. Can they complete the ultimate dream by lifting a trophy in the Maracana?

  122. 2232: 

    Former Chelsea and Italy striker Gianluca Vialli on BBC One: "I think Brazil will win. With the home ground, I think it will be Brazil because the conditions play a part. The fitness of the players are paramount and I think Brazil have more. Scolari is not a dreamer, he's very pragmatic. He's trying to build a team that is solid, consistent and effective."


    Iain Lindsay, Cheltenham, via text: Brazil 1970 were the equivalent of Beethoven's 9th Symphony; it just doesn't get any better. Sublime skills, joy to watch, would beat any other team in history.

  124. 2230: 

    Who will win the Confederations Cup? Reply using #Brazil or #Spain to @BBCMOTD or vote here.

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  125. 2229: 

    Surprisingly, these two footballing giants have not met on a regular basis, playing just once in the last 23 years. Here's a rundown of how they have fared:

    1934: World Cup first round - Spain won 3-1

    1950: World Cup final round - Brazil won 6-1

    1962: World Cup group stage - Brazil won 2-1

    1978: World Cup - Drew 0-0


    1981: Friendly - Brazil won 1-0

    1986: World Cup - Brazil won 1-0

    1990: Friendly - Spain won 3-0

    1999: Friendly - Drew 0-0


    Sikhar Benajee: "Current Spain is the greatest ever, not only for their attacking prowess but surprisingly also for their solid defensive tactics."

    Dr Eke Paul: "Spain's substitute bench can effectively win thee confederation's cup...and world cup too for that matter!"

    Zain Patel: "With the crowd behind them, I feel Brazil will break Spain's recent dominance with a victory today."

    Fabusoye Tolu: "I'm definitely going for the samba boys tonight, I believe victory tonight would boost their confidence ahead of the World Cup."

  127. 2224:  
    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    "I know it's late, I know you've probably got to get up early, but this is Brazil v Spain. Go to bed early tomorrow night....Tempting?"

    Live coverage has now started on BBC One and online.

  128. 2222: 
    Brazil v Spain (2300 BST)

    Moments later, the hosts run to a rapturous reception - it's ear-splitting stuff. Unsurprisingly, eccentric centre-half David Luiz milks the applause as his team-mates give polite waves. Lord only knows what will happen if the Selecao score tonight - there will be an explosion of noise.

  129. 2219: 
    Brazil v Spain (2300 BST)

    So the Spaniards aren't happy with being jeered (see 2213)? Well they better get used to it. Boos ring around the cavernous Maracana as the world and European champions emerge first from the tunnel for the pre-match warm-up. Midfield maestros Xavi and Iniesta are unflustered as they discuss tactics - or their post-tournament holidays.

  130. 2216: 
    Maracana Stadium

    Thousands of expectant fans have descended on an iconic venue where the decibel levels are going to be louder than a jumbo jet engine. And I'm not talking about Glastonbury.

    The Maracana is one of the great cathedrals of football. Brazil have played in front of 200,000 people there. The Pope has held masses there. Beatles hero Paul McCartney has rocked out there. But the Selecao winning their first major tournament in the newly-renovated stadium will take the scenes of hysteria to a new level.

  131. 2213:  
    Ben Smith, BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro

    "The rumours among the Spanish press here in Rio, is that world and European champions have been pretty disappointed by the boos and jeers that have followed them around Brazil during this tournament.

    "Against Tahiti, Nigeria and on Thursday against Italy they have been booed and jeered for much of the 90 minutes, simply because they were the favourites and, of course, because they are the one side all of Brazil fears above all others. They can expect more of the same tonight. I would say there are fewer than 100 Spain fans in the stadium as I type this."

  132. 2213: 

    Dave Bowerman, an optimistic Spurs fan, via text: Am hoping that Paulinho and David Villa feature today before both reveal at full-time their new Tottenham contracts by doing a joint kit release upon sharing jerseys.

  133. 2212: 

    Where do Spain rank among the greatest international sides to have graced the world stage over the years? Brazil have a knack of producing some half decent teams - the World Cup-winning side of 1970 and the 1982 team to name a couple - while the French squad which won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 wasn't bad either.

    But which team gets your vote as the best ever? And most importantly why? Tell us in 140 characters or less by using #bbcfootball on Twitter or, if you would rather spend 10p on a text, via 81111.

  134. 2209: 
    Brazil v Spain (2300 BST)

    England may claim to have invented the beautiful game but, let's be honest, Brazil are the real godfathers of world football. The Selecao have been crowned world champions on a record five occasions, while stellar names like Pele, Socrates and Zico roll of the tongue easier than an ice lolly.

    But there's a new mob on the scene - and they are quickly taking control. Spain, with the World Cup and European Championships titles already claimed, will secure an unprecedented treble by adding the Confederations Cup to their haul. Anyone not backing them?

  135. 2205: 

    Brazilian television is providing a rare insight into what a pre-match dressing room looks like. Fair to say it's a world away from the cold, damp and cramped cabins I used to get changed in before a Sunday League match. They are more like plush locker rooms at your nearest expensive golf club. Players these days, they just don't know they are born...

  136. 2202: 

    BBC Sport's Jason Mohammad in Rio: Having watched Brazil train last night - Luis Gustavo, Oscar and Paulinho crucial to the host nation tonight v Spain.

  137. 2201:  
    Ben Smith, BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro

    "Luiz Felipe Scolari sticks with the side that saw off Uruguay in the semi-final on Wednesday and that took Brazil to victory in their first two group matches. That means Neymar, of course, starts as does Paulinho.

    Mata and Torres

    "The Spain selection is more interesting, with Fernando Torres leading the line and Juan Mata preferred to David Silva and Cesc Fabregas in midfield. There had been some suggestions that Fabregas might play a false no 9 role but Vincente Del Bosque has kept faith with the Chelsea striker. One hour to kick-off."

  138. 2200: 
    LINE-UPS- Brazil v Spain (2300 BST)

    Brazil: Cesar; Alves, Silva, Luiz, Marcelo; Gustavo, Paulinho; Oscar, Fred, Neymar; Hulk. Subs: Jefferson, Cavalieri, Fernando, Lucas, Hernanes, Dante, Luis, Jean, Rever, Bernard, Jo, Jadson.

    Spain: Casillas; Arbeloa, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Mata, Torres, Pedro. Subs: Valdes, Reina, Albiol, Martinez, Azpilicueta, Villa, Fabregas, Soldado, Monreal, Cazorla, Silva, Navas.

    Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands)

  139. 2157: 

    Henry Davis: Heart says Brazil, head says Spain... never one for using my head too much. COME ON BRAZIL!

    Ajmal Patel: Spain have been slightly dodgy recently but we all know what happened the last time people thought that during the Euros

    Tom Grayling: I can't see the Brazilian defence containing the Spanish attack, or vice versa for that matter. A game of who can score more?

  140. 2155: 

    We are still over an hour away from kick-off but the party has already started in Rio. Supporters inside the colourful Maracana are indulging in a bit of 'Mexican wave' fun - that is guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of the most sternest of football fans. Who doesn't love the Mexican wave? Any grumps out there dare 'fess up?

  141. 2152: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Brazil v Spain (2300 BST)

    Juan Mata starts for Spain, while Brazil are unchanged from their semi-final win against Uruguay.

  142. 2148:  
    Ben Smith, BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro

    I would take a guess that the Maracana is already half full. 90 minutes before kick-off.

  143. 2145:  
    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    "Once again tonight we've got Shearer and Vialli with us, but Brazil v Spain deserves some hair, so Hansen will be with them."

    Whether you are follically challenged or not, there is no need to lose hair worrying about missing the action. Coverage starts on BBC1 at 2225 BST and you can also watch through the video which will magically appear at the top of this page.

  144. 2140: 
    THIRD PLACE- Italy 2-2 Uruguay (Italy win 3-2 on pens)
    Gianluigi Buffon

    All eyes are intently fixed on the 'dream' final between the host nation and the world champions, but one other match has already taken place as the tournament draws to a close. And it is Italy who are celebrating after beating Uruguay in a dramatic penalty shoot-out to clinch third place in the tournament.

    Veteran Azzurri skipper Gianluigi Buffon saved three penalties - proving there is life in the old dog yet.

  145. 2136: 

    As always, the life of a live text commentator simply is not the same without your words of wisdom. So why don't you get involved? You know the drill - use #bbcfootball on Twitter or text on 81111. Let's start off with an easy one - who are you backing to win and why? Brazil or Spain?

  146. 2133:  
    Ben Smith, BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro

    "That was a pretty incredible moment. The Maracana erupted as pictures of the Brazil team arriving appeared on the big screens inside the stadium. Spain are already here, in fact some of the team are sitting on the away dugout. They saw the reaction and heard the noise and when pictures appeared of them on the screens, they were roundly booed."

  147. 2128: 

    The pre-match entertainment begins as hundreds of mini footballs jig around the canvas-covered pitch while a Brazilian crooner blasts out the vocals to some traditional Samba beats. The Spanish squad look far from bemused by this sight though - they are laughing and waving at the cameras from the dugout. Relaxed doesn't even begin to describe their demeanours.

  148. 2124:  
    Ben Smith, BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro

    "Welcome to Rio, where the streets around the Maracana resemble a fiesta, with people singing and dancing, dogs performing tricks with mini footballs (yes really), bands playing samba music and with everyone (well almost everyone - I saw two gentlemen in Spain shirts), wearing the yellow, green and blue of Brazil.

    Brazil fans

    "It is a real joy to be here tonight to try to give you a flavour of what it is like in Rio for this final. There have been some protests on the streets around the Maracana, but thankfully on a very small scale and with no reported clashes with police. I am in my seat early and down on the field in front of me they are about to begin the closing ceremony. Marvellous."

  149. 2117: 

    But Spain won't be worried about history. La Roja used to be derided as perennial underachievers, before blossoming into the finest team of their generation, sweeping all before them on the world and European stage. Vicente Del Bosque's side haven't lost in 29 competitive matches - a world record - since their 1-0 defeat to Switzerland at the 2010 World Cup.

  150. 2111: 

    Records are there to be broken, they say. And something will have to give tonight. Not only are Brazil protecting that proud 38-year record in competitive matches - no team has managed to leave South America's largest country with any sort of victory since 2002. That's a whopping 33 games. And they haven't been beaten at the Maracana in a competitive game since 1957.

  151. 2105: 

    Hello (or 'ola' as our Brazilian cousins say)! Welcome to live text commentary of Brazil v Spain at the iconic Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro.

    Soon we will know whether the all-conquering Spaniards have reaffirmed their status as one of the greatest teams ever to have played the beautiful game, or if the resurgent Brazilians can be considered contenders to lift the 2014 World Cup in their own backyard. Either way it is going to be spicer than last night's vindaloo curry.

  152. 2100: 


    The Vietnam war ends with the Fall of Saigon, the Conservative Party choose their first female leader in Margaret Thatcher and rock band Queen are number one in the charts with Bohemian Rhapsody.

    Meanwhile, the Brazil national football team are beaten 3-1 by Copa America opponents Peru at the Estadio Minerao in Belo Horizonte. And they have not been beaten in a competitive meeting on home soil since...

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