Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By MICHAEL KLINE

Spain will attempt to win their 30th consecutive match when they meet Brazil in the Confederations Cup final this evening.

The dream matchup of the tournament has come to fruition, and will either culminate in Spain winning their fourth consecutive tournament, or the hosts walking away as Confederations Cup champions for the third straight time.

But before the final takes center stage, Uruguay and Italy will square-off in the third-place match. Both teams are coming off of heartbreaking losses in the semi-finals, with Uruguay having the early advantage following Italy’s exhausting 120-minute battle against Spain.

If you will be watching today’s action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s TV schedule is after the jump):

TODAY’S SOCCER ON TV

SUNDAY

12pm – ESPN - Uruguay vs Italy

2pm – ESPN2 - New York Red Bulls vs Houston Dynamo

6pm – ESPN - Brazil vs Spain

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160 Responses to Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Dawgfan says:

    Looks like the Uruguay v Italy game is on ESPN2.

  2. jspech says:

    BTW:

    If NASL is serious about competing as a top flight league, then they should be the one that fill that new talked about Soccer Stadium in downton LA, instead of Chivas US (/rebranded).
    NASL: should hopefully brand team LA Aztec, now we are talking National TV contract (LA Aztec v. NY Cosmos & all in between)

    Why this can happen:
    Can’t see MLS awarding a 3rd LA team
    Moving Chivas USA there w/o rebranding makes no sense.
    Galaxy ( no go)

    Hopefully NASL are at least sticking there nose in there.

    • Charles says:

      National TV contract ?

      I am as big a rah-rah US soccer as it gets, that is crazy.

      • Yea, no MLS team is getting a National TV contract. If I’m correct, the only US Pro team with a national contract is the Atlanta Braves because their owned by Ted Turner. It doesn’t make any sense.

        Nonetheless rebranding Chivas USA as LA Aztecs is one of the best ideas I’ve heard for that team. The more we can attach to the NASL history and culture that existed momentarily behind them, the more we can convince people that the USA has an established soccer culture. The Aztec’s had Cruyff and Best, they have a name that deserves to be resurrected as much as the Timbers or Sounders did (though I wouldn’t argue that LA supporters deserve a second team as much as Portland or Seattle deserved their first.)

    • Mensrea says:

      Downton LA–yet again, some owner marketing to a niche group in LA at the expense of broad appeal. No one–no one–is going to show up to watch the Dowagers if they don’t put a good product on the pitch.

  3. SanFran415 says:

    That’s a stonecold penalty!!!!!!

    Wow what in the world is that official doing??!!

  4. Phil B says:

    Urugay midfield has basically be non-existent today. And for most of this tournament, for that matter.

  5. Falsify says:

    Anyone else notice that they used goal line technology this game?

  6. SanFran415 says:

    Buffon just went Matrix on us.

  7. Phil B says:

    Man, Cavani had that look in his eye… Good choice letting him take that.

  8. SanFran415 says:

    This game is crazy! Free kick golazos everywhere!

  9. SanFran415 says:

    Holy PK shoot out choke job from Uruguay

  10. Brad says:

    Anybody have any info on what kind of injury Gatt picked up? Ives?

  11. Scott A says:

    Cahill back; no goals allowed in the first half.

  12. Carlos says:

    If Brazil wins the game, it will be their 4th Confederations Cup.

  13. beachbum says:

    what an atmosphere before the kick off!

  14. SanFran415 says:

    Should have been a penalty for Brazil on their goal for handball at the start and that was definitely a penalty for Spain right there against Marcelo.

    Commentators already pointing out referee going to be influenced by crowd.

  15. Mike E. says:

    This is already out if hand and the official has only himself to blame as he’s letting the crowd influence him as Brazil players just hack every Spanish player at every time.

    Ian Darke said it best, “Brazil would tackle a piece of paper crossing the field right now.”

    Its basically just cheating at this point. No fans should be allowed to influence a referee like this.

    • beachbum says:

      for me you’re overstating it. And Spain is fouling and lucky Oscar couldn’t finalize while left alone from inside the area

      Brazil high pressing hard and allowing no space for Spain to build thru midfield, with Brazil looking to quick counter whenever possible on the turnovers. Arbeloa with a well earned yellow already because he had to foul Neymar to stop the breakaway

  16. SanFran415 says:

    And I quote commentators, “the referee has to decide where he draws the line with these Brazilian tackles and starts bringing out the yellow cards. So far they’re getting away with them.”

    • beachbum says:

      Spain better toughen up

      • SanFran415 says:

        Oscar putting his cleats into Iniesta far from the ball is tough? It’s thug play.

        • beachbum says:

          it’s the final

          • SanFran415 says:

            What?

            That’s bullsS*&.

            You don’t get to hack people because it’s a final.

            • beachbum says:

              the foul was called, and it’s not B$ at all, many finals have first halves like this

              and I don’t care who wins like you obviously do

              Spain not being allowed to play their game. They still might but so far no and Brazil has not really punished them for it

        • maxwell says:

          I generally would agree with you but I can’t stand the way Spain’s been flopping all tournament.

          Brazil have gotten away with a TON of crap, though. Neymar can seemingly foul people at will and never get so much as a warning. I forgot if it was the Italy or the Mexico game, but the announcers were counting his potentially card worthy fouls that went uncalled or unpunished and it was becoming laughable.

          And don’t get me started on Marcelo. That guy’s so easy to dislike it’s a wonder he’s not more of a card magnet.

  17. Mike E. says:

    Jesus how is that not a booking for Oscar?

    This is outrageous officiating at this point. Get a real referee for the world cup involving games with. Brasil.

    And I didn’t think anyone dove and whinrd more than Spain and Italy, but Brazil is gunning for that award.

    • Josh says:

      For as great as this game should be, Brazil bitching is getting out of hand. They get the benefit of any iffy call and still manage to piss and moan how they aren’t getting more. Going to set a bad precedent for next year if nobody is allowed to compete with them on a level playing field

      • beachbum says:

        this game has been excellent so far

        • Mike E. says:

          No it hasn’t.

          It’s so bad even the commentating crew are outright attacking the referee and Brazilian players.

          This game is a joke. And I really don’t like Spain.

          • beachbum says:

            the commentators are commentating what a good game it’s been…quote the commentators if you must, but do it accurately at least if you can

          • bryan says:

            No they aren’t. Bunch of drama queens in here.

            Good game and I wanted Spain to win.

            • maxwell says:

              Can’t speak for this game, and “attacking” is probably hyperbolic, but they were definitely mentioning how the referees were being very lenient with Brazil in some of the earlier matches.

              • bryan says:

                exactly, it was hyperbole. they mentioned Brazil getting away with some stuff early, like you said, but they were not attacking. people are just being babies.

  18. beachbum says:

    things breaking Spain’s way, Fred alone above the 6 hits it right into Casillas after Neymar splits the D with his pass once again at the end of the counter

  19. beachbum says:

    things breaking Spain’s way, Fred alone above the 6 hits it right into Casillas after Neymar splits the D with his pa$$ once again at the end of the counter

  20. beachbum says:

    that save by Luiz as good as scoring a goal

  21. Citronomics says:

    Dang! Sideshow Bob. What a play to clear a ‘sure’ Pedro goal on the Spain breakaway.

  22. Phil B says:

    Where are the Neymar haters?

  23. Jamie Z. says:

    David Luiz says, “NO GOAL FOR YOU!”

  24. Jamie Z. says:

    And then Neymar!!!

  25. beachbum says:

    Neymar brilliance

  26. Citronomics says:

    Neymar just rips it top shelf. Can’t wait for the second half to see if Spain can impose their style or if Brazil’s mid field clogging and counter attacking nastiness will hold.

  27. tom says:

    Sorry, but you can’t put yourself back onside if there hasn’t been an ensuing play.

  28. Kodi says:

    Did Bob just say malotov cocktail?

  29. kevin says:

    I said Spain was vulnerable before, but this is embarrassing. Not even mexico liked this bad versus Brazil.

  30. Matt says:

    Brazil is playing like absolute thugs. There should have been 2-3 yellow cards on them EASIALLY based on the amount of fouls alone. If the referee were controlling this game and not allowing the Brazilian players to hack theyre way to winning possession back this would be a MUCH different game. Disgusted with the tactics Brazil is using. you can play high pressure and be clean at the same time

  31. SanFran415 says:

    Alexi Lalas: “Brazil is just kicking everything that moves.”

    Brazil: 15 fouls called and 0 yellows.
    Spain: 8 fouls called and 2 yellows.

    Seriously let’s just skip the World Cup and give it to Brazil because there’s going to be no such thing as a fair playing field for ANY team against Brazil.

    • Phil B says:

      Spain’s 2 yellow cards were clearly impeding scoring opportunities.

    • beachbum says:

      both yellows for Spain were well earned on goal scoring or last defender plays. Brazil smarter on their fouls and spreading them around…the yellows will flow for them in the 2nd half early if they continue, and Torres better start hooking up with his support player in his hold up play because he’s been swarmed

      • biff says:

        not true beachbum. look at the oscar-ramos play again you will see oscar diving before contact made.

        • beachbum says:

          he still fouled him from behind..not malicious or on purpose, but a foul with Oscar away to goal

      • maxwell says:

        Spain committed 16 fouls and earned 3. Yes, Spain deserved all 3, and I happen to agree with the RC. Pique should have just tugged Neymar’s shirt and taken the yellow.

        Brazil committed 26 fouls and didn’t earn a single card. That’s just plain unbalanced officiating.

    • FRANK FROM SF says:

      Thank you…….and we have a winner!

  32. Matt says:

    seriously? not a single even remote curse word in my post and its “awaiting moderation”

  33. CÉU says:

    What’s wrong of you guys with Brazil? You guys are just jealous or European? This is a FINAL. Always Cheer for Football in the USA grow, but his comments derogatory already changing my thinking.

    • bryan says:

      Two bitter bunnies. This game is great.

    • Dont Care says:

      They’re some spanish homeboys. Dont listen too them

    • maxwell says:

      Brazil played a great game and deserved to topple Spain. The blatant preferential treatment by the referees was both obvious to everyone who isn’t Brazilian and unnecessary since Brazil would have done it anyway.

  34. biff says:

    Brazil are playing great and like maniacs, no doubt about it, and will be tougher than heck next summer in the WC. But they also are being pure thugs and the ref letting them get away with it. Twice in the first half Brazil thugs were simply going up to Spain players and bullying them shoving them in the chest in front of the ref. Should not be allowed and some yellow cards should have been flashed. And Ramos’s yellow card was a joke. Oscar dived for that one and then Oscar kicking Iniesta should have been a yellow. Brazil, the new Netherlands for WC 2014.

    But, yes, great game to watch. Hope Spain can come back.

    • beachbum says:

      the ref has called the fouls which have been a plenty in midfiled

      Spain being undone with physical play

      • pancholama says:

        yeah – Brazil adopted Holland’s game plan from last World Cup
        though they are more adept at being soccer assassin’s than the Dutch were – and the ref let them get away with it
        factor in also that Spain played a game and half three days ago in sweltering heat – and that Brazil had an extra day to recover
        granted also – Spain did not put away their chances, they were not very sharp – that’s what

  35. Tony in Quakeland says:

    This has been a fantastically entertaining weekend of soccer. The MLS games were insane, and the Confederation Cups have been a blast.

  36. Phil B says:

    He may not be a flashy player, but Fred scores goals with the best of them.

  37. CÉU says:

    3 X 0 What you guys will talk now???

    • Nate Dollars says:

      lol, a brasil fan with a persecution complex, now i’ve seen everything. like everyone and their brother doesn’t say: ‘my favorite teams? [home country] and um…brasil!’

      since you can’t seem to understand, people aren’t hating on brasil–they’re hating on the ref who was very obviously scared to give cards for constant fouling.

      i was a neutral (big neymar fan, though) who just wanted to see a good game. i don’t think spain would’ve been good enough anyway, but the ref certainly did brasil a lot of favors, and was simply scared to card them.

  38. Dont Care says:

    hahahahaha Spain cant handle any rough play. Must be too far beneath them to get their hands a little dirty

  39. beachbum says:

    could hurt Brazil in a year as Brazil’s tactical play will be scrutinized and not an intensity surprise with the tactics to make the team aggressive and not overwhelmed by the pressure. smart play for Scolari to read this situation today

  40. SanFran415 says:

    18 called fouls now and STILL NO YELLOW CARDS FOR BRAZIL.

    Marcelo gives up a penalty and HE STILL DOESN”T GET A YELLOW CARD.

  41. Phil B says:

    I can see Ramos getting really frustrated now…. He’ll start hacking.

  42. Chupacabra says:

    No thumb sucking celebrations for Spain today.

    Choke!

  43. kevin says:

    Wow this is sad…

  44. Lu says:

    I called this miss from Ramos

  45. Dont Care says:

    oh man this is getting too good.

  46. CÉU says:

    Maracanã cantando: “Quer jogar? Quer jogar? O Brasil vai te ensinar”
    Maracanã singing: “Want to play? Want to play? Brazil will teach you”

  47. bryan says:

    Why does Ramos continue to take PKs?

  48. bryan says:

    My Madrid players are not playing well…

  49. SanFran415 says:

    19 called fouls and no yellow cards against Brazil.

    You’re lying to yourself if you think that’s close to legitimate.

    • Phil B says:

      And which one of those 19 fouls would you carded? Just because there is a large number of fouls, doesn’t mean that a yellow card should be awarded.

      None have been malicious or dangerous enough to earn a booking. Not even Marcelo’s penalty.

      • SanFran415 says:

        None have been malicious?

        You’re not watching the game. Period.

      • Casey says:

        Consistent infringement genius.

      • atleticodemadridfan says:

        your dreaming
        that was a mugging
        the ref turned a blind eye to the home team”s usual thuggery
        add in that Spain had one less day to recover, and played a full game and half in their semi – and Brazil will crow – but it is with a false sense of security
        beware la Furia

    • Phil B says:

      As opposed to, say, the intent of Pique’s foul just now.

      • Casey says:

        No intent. Yellow nothing else

        • Phil B says:

          Intent to stop the play. Neymar was through after sidestepping Pique. Professional foul.

          • Casey says:

            Yes it was. Not last defender.

            • bryan says:

              Come on, he was. No one was gonna catch Neymar once he got pass Piqué. IMO

            • Phil B says:

              Sure, could have been a yellow card. But the point is, he deserved a card because of the nature of the foul. Brazil has had contact fouls in a physical game that Spain hasn’t been able to keep up with.

            • Chupacabra says:

              Last defender is a myth. It’s denial of obvious goal scoring opportunity.

              Red card could also have been for the high cleat into Neymar’s leg.

              • bryan says:

                I thought it was the right call. Neymar was CLEARLY in on goal 1v1. Piqué had no choice. Got a red card for it but prevented a goal.

              • Casey says:

                No more so then your name but keep going. The official was awful and really has no control of the rules or the game. Hope he isn’t asked to even do a U17 Oceania game.

              • maxwell says:

                The red was for foul play since Pique had no chance of reaching the ball with his tackle.

                Neymar was not “in on goal.” He was headed away from goal and there were defenders behind Pique.

              • bryan says:

                Maxwell – what are you talking about? i just re-watched the highlights to make sure i was remember it correctly.

                sure enough, you are incorrect. Brazil was on a break away, essentially 2v2 with Spain’s replacement RB behind those 4 so not quite 3v2.

                Pique moves to get Neymar when the game clock reads about 67:15. at 67:18, hit pause.

                you will CLEARLY see Neymar is IN ON GOAL. Ramos is marking the other Brazilian player and they are BOTH behind Neymar.

                further, Neymar was fouled about 20 yards out to the left (Neymar’s left) of the circle. Ramos was on the opposite side of the arc at the top of the box.

                so no, there was absolutely ZERO chance Ramos gets to him. he was in on goal, CLEARLY. if he wasn’t, you think Pique makes that tackle? Neymar is one of the fastest players in the world. Ramos had no chance.

                A good professional foul to prevent the goal but a clear red card since he went to ground, studs up, and caught Neymar’s leg. i think Neymay is a little baby a lot, but it was a foul. i’m also a Spain fan.

  50. Nick4235 says:

    I didn’t see the first half but all these comments give me a feeling it was rough. The announcers seem to be saying that while Brazil has been fouling a lot but also seem to be implying that Spain despite being fouled the spaniards are WAAAY too weak on the ball and can’t match up physically thus making it seem worse than it is. That being said we can all agree Brazil has gotten away with some stuff.

  51. SanFran415 says:

    20 fouls called and no yellow to Brazil.

  52. SanFran415 says:

    Haha if you didn’t think this sh*t was fixed before… how about now?

  53. bryan says:

    SanFran can you shut up about cards now?

  54. CÉU says:

    And it was foul?

  55. Casey says:

    I normally don’t feel bad for Spain but this is terrible. Hope that official never sees another FIFA tournament.

  56. CÉU says:

    Neymar is being hunted.

  57. Mike E. says:

    Jesus I hope we don’t end up with another world cup match fixing scandal involving the home team like South Korea in 2002.

    Just thought he was being too influenced by the crowd but this is really crossing the line.

  58. beachbum says:

    Spain may need to bring some more muscle to the party in Brazil…that’s what I think, Adjust to this environment

    this team misses Puyol something fierce

    • biff says:

      yeah, they did need some brawn out there today. do not understand why Javi Martinez did not start the game. Martinez has learned physical play at FC Bayern. But amazingly, against Italy Del Bosque brought Martinez in for the overtime as striker. Del Bosque is a genius coach, but Martinez as striker I don’t get at all and I am wondering about his roster today. In addition to Martinez, he should have started fresh players who did not play a full 120 minutes against Italy three days ago in the heat. Why not Fabregas and Cazorla and Villa all starting.

      • beachbum says:

        good calls all I’d say. wonder what he’ll say as I’m sure he’ll be asked

        cheers

    • Bac says:

      He may be the ugliest dude in professional sports, but they do miss Puyol badly.. not just for his brawn, but Pique and Ramos just don’t seem to click in the middle.. Pique is like a completely different player without him for club and country
      I don’t know if they missed Xavi Alonso as much, but Busquets didn’t seem like he had any impact either
      I don’t know if Cesc or Sante would have made any difference, it was that back triangle that was on another planet

      • beachbum says:

        cheers man

        yeah,covered everyone’s behind, gave confidence going forward. Ramos an interesting player for sure, always like the bite Xavi Alonso brings to game day for Spain, or players like that. Maybe Torres is that kind of player, ikn

      • maxwell says:

        Alonso might have helped, and Cazorla would have been somewhat used to the physical play of the EPL, but Brazil outclassed Spain today irrespective of biased refereeing.

  59. Don't care says:

    Spain’s deep V’s look so dumb

  60. Mike E. says:

    Okay using SanFrans numbers… that is 22 fouls without a yellow for Brazil.

    Don’t care how you feel about SanFran being energetic, but this officiating raises scary questions about integrity of home matches for Brazil in this upcoming tournament given recent happenings in world football.

    • bryan says:

      Not really. Spain missed the PK on purpose then? No goals wrongly called back or anything. Spain hasn’t put the ball in the net. It’s that simple. I wanted them to win but they were beat straight up.

      • matt says:

        Wrong and wrong some more. The only reason this game went the way it has is the ref did not control the petty fouls in the midfield. That is where spain plays their game and the referee did not control brazils obvious attempts at cheaply slowing them down

        No single foul may have been yellow card worthy at times but the amount of fouls and the manor in which they were done absolutely warrented MULTIPLE yellows

        • bryan says:

          How am I wrong?! Did Spain score? NO. FACT. You,just responded to me with your opinion, not facts. Multiple yellows don’t mean ANYTHING. They still didn’t score…including a missed PK. Nothing you said proved me wrong or showed me Spain wins if the ref gave Brazil a few yellows.

          All you babies get over it.

          • matt says:

            And you just proved what an absolute joke you are when it comes to actually analyzing and game and each teams tactics. Brazil played dirty thuggish football and got away with it. The scoreline does not even come close to showing what happened. Brazil was extremely lucky. Casillas on 19 out of 20 games makes at least 2 of those saves.

            Brazil getting yellows in the midfield means they cant afford the cheap fouls they kept commiting and spain is allowed to get into theyre game and style

            • bryan says:

              Bro stop attCking me. Internet tough guy over here!

              You responded to MY comment about Spain not putting the ball in the net. You said I was wrong. Who scored for Spain? Who looks dumb now?

              Further, I didn’t analyze anything. And if your analysis of the game ends with Spain would have won if the ref gave Brazil some yellows…then your analysis is a joke.

              And I don’t care of Iker saves those 19 out of 20 times. HE DIDN’T TODAY AND THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS. I’m a Madrid and Spain fan, so don’t call me a Brazil fanboy. Spain beats Brazil 6/7 games out of 10. Today they got beat.

              So again, who scored for Spain? Since you told me I’m wrong about Spain not putting the ball in the net.

            • beachbum says:

              for me, thuggish would be elbows to the back of the head, intentionally heading another player in the face, any elbow to the head or elbow at all…Brazil looked well versed in some of the dark arts, the way Italy is for example, not pure Jogo Bonito perhaps but Scolari influences this

              they played aggressively all together, took advantage of the energy instead of being overcome by it, and Spain will need to think about its own physicality this next year to be ready to counter imo

              • maxwell says:

                I agree with you to an extent, but persistent infringement must be enforced, and today it wasn’t. I’m not a Spain fan and I can’t stand how they flop even when leading 4-0, so on one hand, I’m glad to see Brazil embarrass them.

                On the other hand, imagine you’re playing a rec league game, and you’re continually fouled by the same players with nobody drawing a card or being told to chill out. Now imagine that one of your buddies tries to get a little payback with a similarly innocuous foul, but the ref pulls the yellow for the first offense. Changes things, doesn’t it?

          • Citronomics says:

            Right. As a neutral, I think Brazil did get away with some cheap stuff in the midfield. Also, to your point Spain had legit chances and did not deliver in those moments. Missed PK and chances by Pedro and Villa in the second half (credit to Julio Cesar for couple of good saves). And Brazil with lethal counter-attacking.

            Cheers all.

            • bryan says:

              Exactly. If you don’t finish your chances, you can’t win. Today Spain didn’t. I’ll still pick them over Brazil if I had to bet.

          • atleticodemadridfan says:

            Spain missed scoring 4 goals by inches.
            The Corcovado was looking out for Brazil, and so was that piece of s*** of a ref.

        • atleticodemadridfan says:

          +1

    • biff says:

      +1 Mike E. Disgraceful officiating. and as I said above. on two seperate occasions Brazil players were basically assaulting Spain players in dead ball situations. I suspect that this was tactical strategy discussed before the game to intimidate the little Spanish guys and get ‘em all jittery. And those were not taps on the shoulders the Brazil thugs were giving, but hard shoves and jabs in the chest, something that refs almost always give yellows for.

  61. Mike E. says:

    Idk maybe he is afraid of what will happen to him if he made calls against Brazil? They are throwing Molotov cocktails outside the stadium apparently.

  62. CÉU says:

    Maracanã cantando: “O Campeão voltou”.
    Maracanã singing: “The Champion is Back.”

  63. CÉU says:

    TIC-TAC É O CARALHO!!!!!!!

  64. beachbum says:

    Spain need a plan B…McManaman on target…GOAL

  65. AcidBurn says:

    Torres should send a thank you to Tahiti for his golden boot.

  66. CÉU says:

    VALEU bryan!!! Um abraço!!!

    • bryan says:

      no problem! like i said, I’m a Spain and Madrid fan (after USA and DC United, of course) but while i thought Brazil were lucky to not get a few cards, i don’t see how anyone can claim this game was fixed or that Spain ABSOLUTELY would have won had Brazil received some yellows. Spain had their chances despite all the whining above…but today they couldn’t finish.

      congrats to Brazil!

  67. Deaf65 says:

    I can tell you this, I will be extremely happy when some team eliminates Brazil from the knockout round next summer. Hope that many teams watched the match today so they can prepare for Brazil and fans. For years, Italy have been the dirtiest team of all elite teams but today, Brazil just surpassed them.

  68. dikranovich says:

    how about the goal line save by luiz, wow. and deuce is going to love playing with paulinho.

  69. Pace says:

    Jeez, I thought it was a great game, then i come on here and, sheesh.

  70. Pace says:

    Its like, 4 people whining about match fixing and the ref, he gave Spain a penalty!! Brazil deserved a couple of yellows, but thats not game changing stuff. When Brazil scored in the 2nd minute I thought, “Thank God, Spain is actually going to have to attack today!” Good game, good win by Brazil.

  71. Nyran Hart says:

    Apparently many of these observers go to watch every game with a predesposition to count cards and fouls and bad mouth the referees instead of watching the game closely. From my perspective Brazil not only anticipated Spains passes with a lot of foresight but actually robbed Spains players of the ball as cleanly as you could want better known as ‘picking the guys pocket’ in football jargon on countless occasions. You look at the faces of the Brazilian squad and what you see is exuberant hungry youth that aren’t awed by any reputation their rivals may bring with them. They are also skillful passers weighting their passes to their team mates with aplomb. They also never aimlessly clear balls just to get out from under so to speak. Each time their defence wins the ball they turn it into an attack. That’s why Spain lost they were simply outplayed by a superior team on the day. No amount of referees whistles were going to stop that juggernaught.!!!

  72. pete says:

    There are some weird and paranoid people on this thread.