Every button Brazil and coach Felipe Scolari have pushed so far in the first half against Spain in the Confederations Cup final in Rio Sunday night has worked. Brazil has shoved Spain around. They’ve pressed them. And basically run them off the field at the Maracanã.
Brazil leads, deservedly, 2-0 at halftime. The second came via Neymar, of course, just before halftime. It was the 21-year-old’s fourth goal of the tournament. This one came against Spain keeper Iker Casillas, who Neymar will no doubt become more acquainted with once he starts playing for Barcelona in August.
One poor half in four years — against a fired-up team playing in front of a politically-charged home crowd — surely signals the end of Spain and the dominance of its Tiki-Taka passing game, which yielded a pair of European Championships and a World Cup. Surely.
Brazil went on to win 3-0 in convincing fashion as Spain finished with 10-men after a Gerard Pique red card.
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