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Maracana magic by Brazil to claim Confederations Cup

CNN - 01/07/2013

(CNN) Hosts Brazil [O Brasil, o pas sede,] enjoyed a triumphant nale [fechou com chave de ouro] to the troubled Confederations Cup [a complicada Copa das Confederaes] with a 3-0 defeat of world champions [derrotando por 3x0 a campe do mundo] Spain in the Maracana Sunday. A tournament marked by nationwide protests [O torneio, que foi marcado por manifestaes por todo o pas,], ended with a reminder of Brazils enduring quality [chegou ao m mostrando que o Brasil continua sendo] as a football powerhouse [uma potncia futebolstica], which has previously served [que j serviu no passado] as uniting factor for the entire nation [para unir toda a nao].

Certainly those packed inside the famous stadium [No h dvida de que as pessoas que lotaram o famoso estdio] in Rio de Janeiro for the nal of the eight-team tournament [para a nal do campeonato que contou com oito equipes], a rehearsal for next years World Cup [um teste para a Copa do Mundo do ano que vem], would have been lled with optimism [estariam muito entusiasmados]. Protesters outside the iconic ground [do tradicional estdio], with reports of clashes [com relatos de confrontos] with riot police [com a tropa de choque] amid tight security [apesar da segurana redobrada], have been complaining about the cost of staging the global showpiece [reclamam do alto custo de sediar um evento global] against a backdrop of poor public services [em um pas em que os servios pblicos so ruins] and alleged corruption [e em que h indcios de corrupo]. But Luiz Felipe Scolaris men [Os homens de Luiz Felipe Scolari, no entanto,] did their best to make sure [se esforaram ao mximo para que] the headlines would be made by their exploits [as manchetes retratassem sua faanha] as they dominated a team [por terem dominado um time que] holding both the World Cup and European Championship trophies [detm os trofus de Campeo Mundial e Campeo Europeu].

For as well as Brazil played [Embora o Brasil tenha jogado bem], Spains performance was below standard [o desempenho da Espanha cou abaixo do esperado], with Freds early goal after a Neymar assist all too easy [vitria facilitada pelo gol de Fred no incio da partida aps um passe de Neymar]. Spain could offer little in return [A Espanha no reagiu] and the home side [e o time da casa] went further ahead [ampliou o placar] just before the break [um pouco antes do intervalo] as Barcelona-bound Neymar [quando Neymar, que j est contratado pelo Barcelona,] received a pass from Oscar [recebeu passe de Oscar] and beat Iker Casillas with a thunderous shot [e nalizou com uma bomba, sem chances para Iker Casillas]. Only two minutes were on the clock [Logo aos dois minutos] in the second half [do segundo tempo] when Fred beat Casillas again with a rst-time shot [quando Fred chutou de primeira outra bola indefensvel para Casillas] and Spains hopes were all but over [as chances da Espanha praticamente se acabaram]. Their night continued to go from bad to worse[A situao foi de mal a pior] when after they won a penalty [quando depois de ter tido um pnalti marcado a seu favor], Sergio Ramos, the hero in the seminal shoot out win over Italy [o heri da disputa em pnaltis da seminal contra a Itlia], sent his effort wide [chutou para fora]. With Brazil threatening to add further goals [Com o Brasil ameaando ampliar ainda mais o placar], Gerard Pique hacked down [derrubou sem bola] his soon to be teammate Neymar [Neymar, que em breve ser seu companheiro de equipe,] and was promptly shown red [e imediatamente recebeu o carto vermelho]. At the nal whistle [Aps o apito nal], the stadium erupted in a sea of yellow [o estdio inteiro explodiu em um mar de amarelo] to greet a success [para celebrar uma vitria] many will see as a prelude [que, para muitos, ser um prenncio] to Brazil winning back[da reconquista brasileira] the World Cup in 2014. Earlier, Italy beat[derrotou] Uruguay 3-2 on penalties to claim third spot[para conquistar o terceiro lugar] after the game ended 2-2 after extra time[prorrogao] in Salvador.