• FT

    Germany

    4

    Mexico

    3

  • FT

    Brazil

    4

    Argentina

    1

FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP

Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Brazil

  • Adriano 11'
  • Kaká 16'
  • Ronaldinho 47'
  • Adriano 63'

4 - 1

FT

Argentina

  • Pablo Aimar 65'

Brazil 4-1 Argentina: Adriano stars

FRANKFURT, June 29 (Reuters) - Brazil scored a dazzling 4-1

win over arch-rivals Argentina to add the Confederations Cup to

their World Cup and Copa America titles on Wednesday.

Their biggest win over Argentina for 37 years also avenged a

3-1 defeat in Buenos Aires in a World Cup qualifier three weeks

ago and left little doubt that Brazil will be the team to beat

in next year's World Cup finals.

Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said: 'Argentina v

Brazil are always great matches. Argentina always have good

teams but we were good in defence and attack tonight and I think

we deserved to win this title.'

Two outstanding goals from Adriano steered Brazil to an

unforgettable victory, the first a blistering left-foot shot in

the 11th minute after he appeared to lose control of the ball.

His second, a powerful header from a Cicinho cross after

evading his marker in the 63rd minute, made him the tournament's

top scorer with five goals. He was also named Player of the

Tournament afterwards.

Kaka, firing home in the 16th minute after an audacious

drag-back and sweetly-struck curler, and Ronaldinho, with a

simple tap-in again after a Cicinho cross in the 47th minute,

scored the other goals as Parreira celebrated his 100th match as

Brazil coach in style.

Robinho nearly got on the scoresheet with a 20-metre shot

that cannoned off the crossbar after 58 minutes and Adriano was

only centimetres away from forcing home the ball for his

hat-trick a minute from time.

Brazil were irresistible, although Argentina, who played

extra time against Mexico in the semi-finals on Sunday, were

below their best and looked tired almost from the start.

It was left to substitute Pablo Aimar to score a consolation

goal for Argentina with a brave diving header after 65 minutes,

while Brazil had keeper Dida to thank for some important saves.

FITTING FINALE

The only sour note in an otherwise sporting game came when

Ronaldinho and Fabricio Coloccini were booked in the 28th minute

after Ronaldinho jabbed an elbow at the Argentine after he

kicked the Brazilian skipper.

Apart from that, it was a fitting finale to a superb

tournament that saw 56 goals scored in 16 matches and augurs

well for next year's World Cup.

Brazil, who coped with the cold night air, emulated France

by winning the Cup for the second time following their previous

success in the inaugural tournament in 1997.

After two weeks of hot weather, the match was played on a

chilly night as a thunderstorm raged around the Waldstadion, the

pitch and spectators protected from the rain and lightning with

the roof covers in place.

However, one gaping rip in one of the canvas sections of the

roof allowed rain water to cascade down on to photographers and

fans by one of the corner flags.

The stadium announcer issued instructions at halftime for

spectators to remain in their seats for safety's sake.

MAIN DANGER

But the main danger facing Argentina was not the weather but

the Brazilian attack.

Almost from the start Brazil looked lively, inventive and

full of running, with Robinho unlocking Argentina's defence with

two jinking runs in the opening minutes that unsettled the

defenders marking him.

Then Adriano struck with a goal even better than the

ferocious shot he fired home from 30 metres against Greece in

Brazil's opening match on June 16.

This time he made space for himself, appeared to lose

control of the ball, but recovered his poise to elude a tackle

from Gabriel Heinze before powering the ball past keeper German

Lux as other defenders closed in on him.

Brazil were better in midfield and defence as well, while

Argentina playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme had a quiet match,

though he went close to a goal soon after Adriano's opener.

With Argentina having to press men forward to save the game,

they left huge gaps at the back and at times Brazil had four men

thundering down on two forlorn Argentine defenders.

One move in the 52nd minute should have led to another goal

but Lux did well to save a powerful Kaka shot.

Scoring Summary

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
Adriano (11')
Kaká (16')
Ronaldinho (47')
Adriano (63')
(65') Pablo Aimar

Match Stats

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
11(7) Shots (on goal) 11(7)
14 Fouls 14
5 Corner kicks 8
3 Offsides 1
0% Time of Possession 0%
1 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
5 Saves 5

Teams

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
Substitutes
Substitutions
Renato for Kaká (85')
Maicon for Cicinho (87')
Juninho for Robinho (90')
Yellow Cards
Ronaldinho (28')