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 

 

 

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.

Brazil Argentina 1 Dida Germán Lux 12 13 Cicinho Fabricio Coloccini 16 6 Gilberto Gabriel Heinze 6 3 Lúcio Diego Placente 15 4 Roque Junior Javier Zanetti 4 5 Emerson Lucas Bernardi 17 10 Ronaldinho Esteban Cambiasso 5 9 Adriano Juan Román Riquelme 8 8 Kaká Juan Pablo Sorín 3 7 Robinho César Delgado 11 11 Zé Roberto Luciano Figueroa 21 Substitutions Renato for Kaká (85)
P Aimar for E Cambiasso (56)
Maicon for Cicinho (87)
C Tévez for L Figueroa (72)
J Juninho for Robinho (90)
L Galletti for C Delgado (81)
Yellow Cards Ronaldinho (28)
Fabricio Coloccini (28)
  Juan Pablo Sorín (35)
  Esteban Cambiasso (42)
  Pablo César Aimar (73

Match Summary BRA ARG 73' Pablo César Aimar is awarded a yellow card 4 1 65' Pablo César Aimar scores a goal with his head (cross) 4 1 63' Adriano scores a goal with his head (cross) 4 0 47' Ronaldinho scores a goal with his right foot (cross) 3 0 42' Esteban Cambiasso is awarded a yellow card 2 0 35' Juan Pablo Sorín is awarded a yellow card 2 0 28' Ronaldinho is awarded a yellow card 2 0 28' Fabricio Coloccini is awarded a yellow card 2 0 16' Kaká scores a goal with his right foot (one touch) 2 0 11' Adriano scores a goal with his left foot (one touch) 1 0

 

 

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