The Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, Kochi, and its 21,362 spectators bore witness to a dogged Seleccao overthrow the Armada to win 2-1 in a tight battle.
44′: GOAL! Paulinho makes it 3-1 in favour of Brazil.
Summary: That summed up the mood at the stadium where Brazil fans sporting fancy head gears in Brazil colours simply outnumbered their Spanish counterparts.
After a shortened training session at Panampilly Nagar on Sunday, the Spanish coach said the team combination will change according to situation and conditions. Our players started nervously. The UEFA champions dominated the start as well as the second half.
Not a packed ground but somewhere between 20-25 thousand and majority supporting Brazil which didn't come as surprise.
Denia also stated that his players were yet to adapt to the humidity in Kochi.
"Both Antonio and Alan had a great game". We have many quality players.
Praising his players, the coach said, "It (Conceding the goal early) was bad for us for sure". Its the basis for everything that you do in your life.
Salim Abdourahmane scored the winning goal in the 59th minute. Also if you are winning the game, you can not be relaxed. "Players like to play that way, together, in an offensive way", he elaborated.
Brazil coach Carlos Amadeu shrugged off questions about the humidity affecting the players, focusing instead, on the massive crowd support his team received. The ball was getting (stuck at times). It's a very nice facility to play football and we could play our football here.
"We have felt welcomed here in Kochi".
37′: Spanish no. 7 Ferran Torres skippes past the Brazilian full back on the right hand side of the pitch. We could see that since warm-up, people were cheering for us.
It is really important to have the support of the crowd. We have to congratulate you for this kind of public.
"We are feeling like home. here". I will sit with the team and devise a stategry. It is important to have the crowd supporting us.
"It was the first game in such a high level".
All three goals came in the first half with Spain opening the scoring through Mohamed Moukhliss in just the fifth minute of the match.
"(It was an) Equally contested match. It was very hard for us today. We played better in the second half and we could have equalised. We could have equalized. "We have two games left and we will try to win that", explicitly warned the 43-year-old.
"Its not normal to see so many players have a muscular problem". We need to improve on these matters. Another area of concern for Denia is Spain's set-pieces.