Ferdinand, Lineker and more: Twitter reacts as Brazil thrash Spain
Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand is among the tweeters after Brazil thrash Spain 3-0 in the Confederations Cup final
Fred scored twice and Neymar once as Brazil hammered world champions Spain to win the Confederations Cup on Sunday night.
Fred’s two strikes, one either side of a brilliant shot from Neymar, gave next year’s World Cup hosts victory and ended Spain’s three-year record run of 29 unbeaten competitive matches.
The showpiece at the Maracana inevitably prompted a huge reaction on Twitter – and here are some of our favourite updates from the professionals, both past and present.
England legend Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) cannot believe the slow start Spain have made: “Spain have been dispossessed more times in 30 minutes than in their previous 30 games! #ConfedCupFinal”
Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) is full of praise for Chelsea’s David Luiz as his stunning last-ditch clearance prevents Spain from drawing level with the score at 1-1: “What a piece of defending that was!!!”
And Everton’s Shane Duffy (@ShaneDuffy34) agrees: “Wow!! David Luiz brilliant”
Ex-Coventry City man Kevin Kilbane (@kdkilbane77) is impressed by Neymar’s goal: “Got a chance this lad Neymar!”
As is Wales international David Cotterill (@cotterill_david): “Brazil are on fire!! Neymar is class”
English boxer Anthony Ogogo (@AnthonyOgogo) is blown away by Brazil’s brilliance: “Wow!!!!! This team is in imperious form. What a goal, what a first half performance. Who’s going to beat them next year?”
Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah (@chalobah) believes “passion” is the key to Brazil’s success: “You can tell the brazillians are doing this for the people of their country. #passion football brings people together.”
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) keeps it short and sweet: “Braziliant!!!!”
Comedian John Bishop (@JohnBishop100) makes a valid point: “I’m sorry no Brazilian footballer should be called Fred!”
Reading striker Jason Roberts (@JasonRoberts30) is stunned by Brazil’s imperious display against the world champions: “Brazil…….Somebody call the police!!! WOW….me and Royston are jumping on the Beds like we are kids #lovefootball”
QPR’s Shaun Wright-Phillips (@swp29) is impressed: “Wow Brazil”
Ex-Aston Villa man Ian Taylor (@IanTaylor7) soaks in the drama as Sergio Ramos misses a penalty with the score at 3-0: “Mmmmm…….penalty…. #spain…and they miss!!! What a game this is!! #confederationscup”
Coventry City’s Jordan Stewart (@jordanstewart3) chimes in: “Hulk can get offfffffff! But I prefer Lucas”
Southampton legend Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) thanks the Brazil goalkeeper: “Great save cesar keeps my 4-0 brazil half time bet alive”
And finally, ex-Liverpool man Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) gives us his post-match thoughts: “Well done Brazil. Form is temporary, class is permanent.”