England threw away a golden opportunity to win their first global one-day title in an extraordinary climax at Edgbaston, more Indian Premier League thriller than Champions Trophy final. Four times before now, England have lost major finals in what is supposed to be the longer form of the limited overs game but none of them have been quite like this at a Birmingham ground transformed into the most Indian of venues.
What should have been their fifth 50- or 60-over final was turned into a Twenty20 game by the awful mid-summer weather, but it was one that really should have brought England that elusive piece of ICC silverware. Instead, from a position where England needed just 20 runs from their last 16 balls with Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara going great guns, they somehow handed India this ‘mini World Cup’ to go with the real thing. Read More
Brazil defeat Spain 3-0 in Confed final
Before the tournament, there was still a question about the ability of Neymar, a 21-year-old Brazilian striker. Was he overrated? Was he more about style, with his crazy haircuts, over substance? Did he have what it took to have his name whispered in the same breath as Romário, Ronaldo and the greatest of all, Pelé?
Neymar took one touch before blasting the ball, left-footed, high into the goal over goalkeeper Iker Casillas. It was his fourth goal in five games. Read More