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Brazil vs Spain, Confederations Cup Final: Open Thread

brazil fans2 Brazil vs Spain, Confederations Cup Final: Open Thread

After an entertaining Third Place match earlier today, the stage is set for the final match of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil, the hosts, playing Spain, the current European and World champions, in a match that should be a thrilling end to an enjoyable tournament.

For viewers in the United States, the coverage begins at 5:30pm ET on ESPN and WatchESPN.

Starting line-ups:

Brazil: Cesar, Alves, Thiago, Luiz, Marcelo, Fred, Neymar, Oscar, Luiz, Gustavo, Paulinho, Hulk.

Spain: Casillas, Pique, Iniesta, Xavi, Torres, Pedro, Mata, Ramos, Busquets, Arbeloa, Alba.

Before, during or after today’s final, join the conversation with soccer fans from around the globe in the comments section below.

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22 Responses to Brazil vs Spain, Confederations Cup Final: Open Thread

  1. The Gaffer says:

    Bloody hell. What a start. Incredible atmosphere. This looks set to be an unbelievable game at this rate.

    Scrappy goal by Brazil, but it counts.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  2. jtm371 says:

    23 referees what a bunch of crap the two sides that dive the most and try to intimidate the referee.act like professionals not some bush league Sunday league.

    • Guy says:

      I don’t understand why FIFA puts up with that crap. It is very easy to control, but no one seems to have the will, which makes absolutely no sense.

  3. Eplnfl says:

    ESPN FC now a regular show in the ESPN line-up. Seems soccer staying on their agenda.

  4. Smokey Bacon says:

    Great game so far. Terrific atmosphere. Spain are clearly rattled.

  5. Christopher Harris says:

    I much prefer seeing this type of game when Spain plays instead of a match where they’re completely dominating possession.

    To me, it’s a truer test of how resilient this Spain side is, and what they’re made of where they’re the ones in control, and they have to fight back to try to win it.

    I’m loving this game so far. It’s like a boxing match (not physically, but the back and forth and how intense it is).

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

    • Eplnfl says:

      Are we seeing the decline of Spain? It is intense and a great game but Spain looks tired and a bit old.

      • gbewing says:

        or Brazil looks that good and fresh. Spain as runover as it’s been get valuable experience, playing in Brazil is an issue. the home field advantage is larger than usual as well as they get a nice peek at the tactics that are coming, they have a year to prepare. For me this story isn’t so much the fall of Spain but the arrival of Brazil. I can’t get over how intense this game has been-can’t imagine the WC level

      • jon says:

        Its not they are tired but were told by fifa to throw the game.since there are riots b/c of the anger of money spent on the world cup. fifa think if brazil won it will calm the mobs down for next year

  6. Smokey Bacon says:

    Age is starting to catch up with Spain. A hard game the other night and now Brazil really taking it to them. They are getting no time at all on the ball. Loving Brazil’s all out counter attacks too. Can they keep it up for another 45?

  7. Eplnfl says:

    Not certain this is on topic but I have to hand it to ESPN for not over looking the demonstrations going outside the stadium. This may be of concern to next years World Cup,

  8. Smokey Bacon says:

    Game set and match. This could get embarrassing. A real changing of the guard going on here.

  9. Smokey Bacon says:

    Soft penalty. Must have been a sniper in the crowd. I hate when refs give decisions like that. Justice served though with that miss.

  10. San Fransiscan says:

    So we won’t see the trophy presentation? I see that the program will end at 8:00 pm ET.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      ESPN says we’ll see it on Sportscenter. Looks like it’ll be shown via tape, not live, which is a shame. Poor way to end the tournament coverage by ESPN.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  11. Smokey Bacon says:

    Last defender. Had to go. Right decision.

  12. San Fransiscan says:

    I’m lovin’ this.

  13. Marc L says:

    Lost at the singing of the national anthem, I think.

  14. Marc L says:

    Vigorous pressing versus this tika-taka stuff might be the way to beat it.

    If you don’t have Messi (or apparently Neymar) in your squad you might want to seriously think about how much of that offensive style you really want to commit to.

  15. San Fransiscan says:

    ESPN just dropped the ball by saying the best result Brazil got in the 2002 World Cup was the group stage.

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