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Wednesday, 26 June 2013 21:54

Brazil in the Confederations Cup Finals

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Brazil are through to the finals of the Confederations Cup with a late winner by Paulinho against a tired Uruguay.

The final score of 2-1 gives an idea of how close the game was between the two teams, who historically, have always had a very healthy rivalry. The bet online now has got to be Brazil and Spain in the finals, with many hoping that Brazil can go through to win the Cup in their third consecutive final in this competition.

One has to say the atmosphere in the Estadio Mineirao was electric and home advantage for the Brazilians is definitely a match winning advantage. The game started off very quiet with Brazil finding it difficult to get through a Uruguayan defense which was disciplined and sharp. Uruguay did have a chance in the fourteenth minute which came from a corner. David Luiz manhandling Lugano in the box. Diego Forlan takes the penalty to hopefully draw level with Suarez on goals scored for his country, but a brilliant save from Brazil’s goalkeeper Cesar keeps the score at 0-0.

Finally in the 42nd minute, a goal is magically produced after a great move by the young and expensive Neymar who manages to cross the ball for Fred to slice in the corner of the Uruguayan net. The first half ended with Brazil ahead 1-0 and looking to be in control of the game. However, three minutes into the second half saw Uruguay draw level with a goal from Cavani. There was a drop in the noise from the crowd with the shock goal, but as the game went on Uruguay looked tired and defended deeper inviting Brazil to try their luck.

In the end, it was Brazil’s manager that probably had the most telling influence on the game with two brilliant substitutions which inspired the team and give the players the confidence to defeat their opponents. Local crowd favourite Bernard came on for the Hulk and Hernanes quickly followed, and there was a new life and sense of purpose from the Brazilians, which led to the winning header by Paulinho from a perfect Neymar corner.