Monday, 24 June 2013

Confederations Cup Analysis + Review #2



The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup is officially now in swing, with all 8 teams having played all of their group stage matches and 4 teams have all qualified for the quarter-finals which will be played on Wednesday and Thursday... 

The hosts of the competition Brazil and Euro 2012 runners-up Italy qualified from Group A, with European champions Spain and South American champions Uruguay also qualifying from Group B.

Barca left-back Jordi Alba is the unlikely hero for Spain, as Tahiti continue to devalue the Confederations Cup competition.... #ConfederationsCup #SPAvsNIG #URUvsTAH

Spain just won their 3rd match in their group against Nigeria 3-0, with Alba scoring twice and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres coming off the bench to score for the European champions with a diving header inside the box as they showed their class and style before their semi-final match-up against Italy on Thursday.




Nigeria struggled to take any of their chances that they created, with tame shots and weak defending at best, nothing to trouble Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes in the goal as the African Cup of Nations winners failed to take their opportunities on the counter attack and scare the champions...

Tahiti on the other hand just got thrashed 8-0 by South American champions Uruguay with strikers Luis Suarez and Abel Hernandez getting 6 goals between them in another rout for Tahiti to suffer.




The burning question remains; Why are Tahiti in the competition, and why couldn't the groups have been slightly fairer to accommodate for them?!

This should have been the groups in my opinion:
Group A:
Mexico, Japan, Uruguay, Nigeria
Group B:
Spain, Italy, Brazil, Uruguay

To make the competition fairer, and more interesting...

Either way the best four teams are all through to the semi-finals which will be played next week, my money is on Spain to win....