Brazilian Newspaper Unfairly Ranks Players After Confederations Cup

May 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Brazil forward Neymar (11) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal on a penalty kick against the USA in the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Brazilian men’s national team handled their business and won the Confederations Cup Final by dominating Spain. The Spanish side had been heralded as one of the best teams of all time, which made Brazil’s thrashing of the reigning World Cup champions all that more impressive.

Today a Brazilian newspaper ranked players in yesterday’s match. If there ever was a media bias, it was definitely in they’re review of the game.

Every player for Brazil got a perfect 10 ranking. Even Jo who was substituted on in the 80th minute and Hernanes who was brought on in the 88th minute.

Meanwhile only two players for Spain got a ranking over 5, Pedro and goal keeper Casillas. Pedro nearly scored before David Luiz made a miraculous save to keep the Spanish side off the score board and protect the clean sheet.

Arbeloa and Piqué were both given a 2.5 rating. Brazilians thought Arbeloa should’ve been sent off for a foul on Neymar, but the referee determined he was too far away from goal to be issued a red. Piqué’s challenge on Neymar was much closer to the goal and he was given a straight red.

Nevertheless, this paper’s opinion might not be a fair and balanced review.

[h/t] Fox Soccer

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