IT took just two minutes for the Confederations Cup to come to life – and hopefully there will be more thrills and spills on Sunday.
There are two games with Mexico opening against Italy in the Maracana Stadium (8pm) and Spain tackling Uruguay later (11pm).
Mexico face a tough test against the Italians having won just one of six qualifiers with three goals scored, including back-to-back 0-0 draws against against Panama and Costa Rica and coach Jose Manuel De la Torre is under fire.
It's a different scenario with Italy who are on the up and have lost just once in 11 outings.
However, Italy have problems up top with Stephan El Shaarawy injured and a doubt over Mario Balotelli.
With no injury doubts I'd be backing Italy at a best 13-10 with Paddy Power and BetVictor but I'd rather see Balotelli starting. if he does he'll be the first-scorer pick at 5-1 with Paddy Power and BetVictor.
Mexico pose a goal threat from the likes of Man United's Javier Hernandez, 15-2 at Paddy Power and BetVictor to hit the opener, but those 0-0 draws put me off backing them and under 2.5 goals even has a chance at 8-13 with Bet365.
The evening game looks easier to call and it's difficult to see past a Spain win. World champions and European champions, a Confederations Cup would sit nicely alongside and they've taken a strong squad to South America.
Uruguay are going through tough times and went six qualifiers without a win before a 1-0 success away to Venezuela last week.
Spain, on the other hand, are unbeaten in 22 games and show little signs of their star being on the wane.
The sides met back in February in a friendly and the world champs ran out 3-1 winners and I can see them repeating the success.
Spain have conceded in five of their last seven games and of course when they met last and as Uruguay possess hitmen of the quality of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez you have to fancy both to score at 21-20 with Stan James.
Suarez is a man on a mission as he tries to impress potentially buyers and the Liverpool ace is 10-1 at BetVictor and Paddy Power – and when did you last see him at double figures. At that price he's decent value at 7-2 with Paddy Power to net at any time.
Picking a Spanish first scorer isn't always easy as their goals are shared about but David Villa and Fernando Torres are both 8-5 at BetVictor to score at any time.
Maybe the best bet could be Juan Mata to break the deadlock as he has been a regular scorer for club and country. Mata is 7-1 at Ladbrokes.
(13-10, Paddy Power)
Spain v Uruguay both to score
(21-20, Stan James)
Suarez to score
(7-2, Paddy Power)