Created on 17-06-2013 at 00:00 AM
Luiz Gustavo and Dante laid down a marker with Brazil on Saturday evening, and Javi Martinez followed up with Spain at the Confederations Cup on Sunday night. The world and European champions deservedly beat Uruguay 2-1 in their opening group match, turning in another demonstration of exceptional class in Recife and dominating their South American opponents to a far greater extent than the scoreline suggests.
Pedro opened the scoring after 20 minutes and Roberto Soldado doubled the lead 12 minutes later, as the 41,705 crowd at the brand-new 2014 World Cup stadium in Pernambuco watched a basically one-sided match, although Luis Suarez did pull one back with a direct free-kick two minutes from time. Martinez started on the bench as Barcelona threesome Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Xavi ran the midfield, but Bayern's stopper came on after 77 minutes and duly celebrated the first win of the tournament with his team-mates.
Music maker Dante
The Brazilians were also in the mood for a party after Saturday evening’s clear-cut 3-0 opening day victory over Japan. Dante, equipped with a drum, emerged from the dressing room afterwards in delighted mood. The Bayern defender is not currently first choice for his country, but he is first up to the plate when it comes to making music.