A pair of Chelsea players started for both sides today, with Oscar and David Luiz both getting the nod for Brazil and Spain choosing to run out both Juan Mata and Fernando Torres. The hosts were on the front foot from the get-go in this contest, and went ahead as a prone Fred clipped the ball over a diving Iker Casillas following some absolutely laughable defending from the Spanish side.
Brazil kept piling the pressure on, and probably could have had another goal in the next few minutes. The next big chance fell to Spain though, as some excellent passes from Fernando Torres and Juan Mata left Pedro free on goal. He was calm and collected, slotted it past Julio Cesar, and then this happened:
Just in case you weren't aware, that was David Luiz, the defensive liability. Clearly he won't fit into Jose Mourinho's plans, as Mourinho wouldn't want a brilliant footballer capable of making game saving plays like that.
It wasn't long before Brazil doubled the lead, with Neymar burying an absolutely brilliant goal. Oscar was key to the buildup in that goal, patiently waiting for the Barca man to get back onside before perfectly weighting the pass in his path. The halftime whistle blew with Brazil up by a pair.
Spain made a change after the break, taking off the laughably awful Arbeloa for the exceptionally lovable Cesar Azpilicueta. He was left hung out to dry by Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique almost immediately, as the pair left him to mark both Fred and Neymar after a turnover in an awful location. Azpi went with the inside run of Neymar, and when the passed rolled through to Fred, the Fluminense man made no mistake. He slotted the ball through the legs of the Chelsea fullback, and Iker Casillas' laughable impression of a goalkeeper saw the Brazil lead increase to three.
The next several minutes saw both Fernando Torres and Juan Mata withdrawn, as Spain had looked absolutely dire
in the attack everywhere. Mata's replacement (Jesus Navas) drew a penalty almost immediately, but Sergio Ramos missed the chance to put Spain back in the game wide to the goalkeepers right.
Brazil slowed down their insane pace to the game, seemingly content to allow Spain the ball while they sat back on the counter. They'd still create the bulk of the better chances though, with Oscar, Fred, Neymar, and Marcelo all finding themselves with multiple chances to add a Brazil fourth. The likelihood of that fourth coming increased exponentially in the 69th minute, as Gerard Pique got himself sent off when he dragged down new teammate Neymar on the break.
At this point the game slowed down, with Brazil seemingly content to shore up the back and cruise past the World Cup champions en route to an easy win. The best chance of the final minutes fell to Spain, but Julio Cesar dealt with David Villa's attempt with relative ease. When the final whistle blew, there was little question about who the better side was, and the game made the Fifa world rankings look like an absolute joke.
Congratulations to both David Luiz and Oscar for an absolutely incredible tournament, and deservingly finished up holding the trophy in celebration. Fernando Torres won himself yet another golden boot, replicating his Euro 2012 achievement on the back of 4 goals against
QPR Tahiti. For Juan Mata and Cesar Azpilicueta, it was a disappointing trip to Brazil, but at least they got to make the trip and be part of the Spanish squad before Chelsea's preseason training begins.