Brazil dominates Spain to win the Confederations Cup
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RIO DE JANEIRO (ESPN): Brazilian boss Luiz Felipe Scolari said he wanted to send a message. We got it, loud and clear: Brazil are back. It didn't take the emphatic and historic 3-0 win over Spain to realize things were finally coming together for the Selecao, but for the crowd at the Maracana and the tens of millions more green-and-gold devotees, it was a nice exclamation mark.
The antidote to La Roja was neither sophisticated nor unexpected. But sometimes it's not about coming up with a brilliant plan; it's about executing a simple plan well. And ensuring the breaks go your way. Fred scored for Brazil in the second minute before fans even had a chance to settle in.
Brazil were fresher. They had an extra day to prepare and were not coming off the brutal 120 minutes-plus penalty that Spain had to deal with Thursday against Italy in Salvador. So Scolari amped up the tempo, instilling a frenetic pace -- by Brazil standards -- in the first 20 minutes that seemed to stun Spain. The Selecao went as physical as referee Bjorn Kuipers would allow, and they did it intelligently.