Brazil Turns On the Style To Defeat Argentina 4-1
Brazil Turns On the Style To Defeat Argentina 4-1 in Confederations Cup FinalnewsBy FIFAworldcup.com -Amid a torrential downpour Brazil turned on the style to beat Argentina 4-1 and take the FIFA Confederations Cup for the second time. Two goals from Adriano which won him the Golden Boot and one each from captain Ronaldinho and Kaka capped a superb performance from the FIFA World Cup holders. While there were no surprises in the Brazil line-up Argentina coach Jose Pekerman sprung a surprise by including Diego Placente who had not been used before at this tournament with Walter Samuel named among the substitutes. As the replacement for the banned Javier Saviola in came Cesar Delgado whose only involvement so far had been an 11-minute run-out from the bench against Germany. Argentina dominated the initial exchanges. Juan Riquelme was quick to get on the ball and from his deft pass Delgado turned the ball across and Lucio stuck out a long leg to intercept. There was an early exhibition of Robinho’s ball trickery as Brazil responded. Ronaldinho hoisted a high free-kick towards Adriano but nothing materialised. However in the 11th minute came another demonstration of Adriano’s brute force and skill. After Cicinho had fed him a square pass the number nine beat one defender before unleashing another of those left-footed bombs to beat German Lux. Delgado almost forced his way through from the restart. Argentina were clearly stung at so early a reverse and Riquelme was not far wide as he tried to bend one in the top corner. It soon got worse for them however as Brazil doubled their lead with another moment of pure class. Kaka received from Robinho and took careful aim from outside the penalty area finding the top corner of Lux’s net. Cascading rain followed by bolts of thunder and lightning made for a dramatic backdrop to the final and Brazil had made their own storming start. It was a mirror-image of the events in Buenos Aires exactly three weeks ago when Argentina had taken a 2-0 lead inside the first 20 minutes. A Ronaldinho free-kick on 20 minutes almost had Gabriel Heinze heading into his own net. At the other end Riquelme was prompting effectively but Brazil always had enough men back. A perfect example was when Juan Sorin found some room on the edge of the area only for Lucio to fling himself in the way. Moments later the Argentine captain was booked for a dive in the Brazilian area and the half ended with a flurry of goal action. Kaka and Lucio both worried Lux while Javier Zanetti poked a shot into the side netting. Within two minutes of the restart Brazil put themselves out of reach with a third goal. It punished lax defending from their opponents as Cicinho was able to skip around Sorin’s challenge and from his cross Ronaldinho was more alert than Fabricio Coloccini as he pounced to score. It nearly became four as Luciano Figueroa back-headed a Ronaldinho cross onto the roof of the net. It should have become 3-1 when a more positive header from Figueroa in the other penalty area set up Coloccini but his volley flew over the bar. The Albiceleste had to push forward but that left them vulnerable to a team playing with great expression and freedom. Ronaldinho had all the room he needed to set up Kaka but this time Lux was equal to it. The action came thick and fast at both ends. Riquelme shot hard and low and Sorin could not take advantage. Then Robinho twisted and turned before firing an attempt against the bar. Back at the other end Figueroa was granted a generous amount of space at the far post but he miscued and the chance went to waste. Brazil were never so negligent with their opportunities and when in the 63rd minute Cicinho produced another accurate cross Adriano accepted the invitation to put away a free header. A four-goal drubbing would have been nothing short of an embarrassment for Pekerman’s team but they regained a little self-respect two minutes later when Pablo Aimar who had replaced Esteban Cambiasso dived full length to bravely head home Delgado’s centre. Sorin bounced a shot towards the far corner which Dida did well to claw away. Before that Adriano had stung Lux’s palms with another powerful drive while Lucio came close to turning in a fifth. Substitute Maicon hit the side-netting Adriano almost arrived for a gilt-edged opportunity. It was oh so easy for the world champions and they fully deserved to get their hands on the trophy for a second time.