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Confederations Cup Finals for Brazil

Confederations Cup betting

Brazil are through to the Finals of the Confederations Cup with 2-1 victory over Uruguay in a close semi final encounter in the Estadio Mineirao. The game was billed to be one of the most exciting of the tournament with the two teams historically having a fierce rivalry ever since fans can remember. The atmosphere in the stadium before the game did not disappoint, with the Brazilian home support being a definite advantage which was indescribable and very loud! The betting for the game was quite close with Brazil being slight favourites as they have only been beaten once at home in the last 50 years.

The game started off very tight, with Uruguay making sure that Brazil did not have the space to dictate the game. Some players like the Hulk did suffer and lacked the control on the ball needed to make a difference in the early part of the game. Uruguay did have a great opportunity as David Luiz pulled Lugano to the ground during a corner kick and was awarded a penalty. Diego Forlan stepped forward to the kick, and should have been an almost certainty to score. However, a brilliant save from Cesar in the 14th minute made sure the score remained at 0-0.

Brazil finally went ahead with a moment of brilliance  from their player, Neymar. In seconds he was down the pitch crossing a ball which presented an opportunity to Fred to cut into the corner of the Uruguayan goal in the 42nd minute. The first half ended in 1-0 to Brazil, but the lead only lasted three minutes into the second half before Cavani slotted past the Brazilian goalkeeper as his defenders failed to clear. The goal produced a deafening silence in the stadium, but it did not last long as Neymar encouraged the crowd to get behind the home team.

In the end it was a Neymar corner kick that was met by Paulinho in the 86th minute to make sure Brazil make it to the finals for the third year in a row. Felipe Scolari did make telling substitutions with Bernard and Hernanes, and the two players injected a new lease of life into the team, which as the second half went on penned Uruguay into their own half for long periods of time and saw the visitors tire as every minute went by.

Now we should expect Spain to deal with Italy, especially with Mario Balotelli not involved in the tournament and the Italians leaking goals on an unprecedented level.



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