Spain ousted Italy on penalties to make their way to the final. Brazil on the other hand beat Uruguay on last second heroics 2-1. The final is the ideal match everyone has been looking forward to. These two teams have not met at all this tournament, so the excitement of the match is massive.
Making their way to the final
Each team’s road to the final has been the opposite of the other. Brazil pushed their way through a much more competitive group stage by beating all of their opposition. They put a beat down on Japan, moved Mexico out of the way, beat an outstanding Italian team, and beat Uruguay in the 2nd stage 2-1 with a header in the 86th minute to push them through to the final. Led by the young Brazilian sensation Neymar, who has won man of the match 3 out of 4 times, Brazil should be confident. The future Barcelona attacker has caused headaches for opposing defenders all tournament. Spain has had what some people call an easier road. Spain thrashed Uruguay on the opening days, had their way with Nigeria, and walked past Tahiti. The goal margin vs. Nigeria and Tahiti was 13-0. As Torres and David Villa shared 7 goals vs. Tahiti, four for “El Nino” and three for “El Guaje.” Spain faced a feisty Italian team who fought for 120 minutes. Going through via penalties with the score 7-6, Spain punched their ticket to another final. Both teams are loaded with talent and should put on a great performance.
Final score prediction: Spain 2 – Brazil 1
The final is a treat for any football fan. Both teams are undefeated, and have the talents of world class players on their side. While Brazil is blazing hot at the moment and playing in their backyard, Spain will prevail in the final. The experience of the Spanish side will overwhelm the younger Brazilian side. Watch for Xavi and Andres Iniesta to control the tempo of the game. Also, look out for Jesus Navas, and David Silva to cause havoc down the touchlines by sending crosses to Fernando Torres. Brazil will have flashes of brilliance on display. Possibly a goal by wonderkid Neymar, maybe Hulk creates an assist, or red hot forward Fred taps in a goal. But it will not be enough to beat the more experienced and fierce Spanish side.
The final will take place 06/30/2013 at the Estadio Do Maracana- Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Kick-off is at 19.00 Military time.