Scott Heavey

Confederations Cup 2013: Brazil champions after brilliant display against Spain

Spain never looked involved in the Confederations Cup final. Brazil took a lead in the second minute and never looked back, issuing a 3-0 thrashing to lift the trophy at home in the Maracana.

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Brazil overwhelms Spain, claims Confederations Cup

Brazil were already likely to be favorites in next summer's World Cup thanks to the fact they'll be playing at home. Today's stunning defeat of Spain in the Confederations Cup final leaves little doubt that Brazil are back.


Ooh baby when you foul like that

Gerard Pique made a bad, late challenge on Neymar while the Brazilian was in on goal and never made a real attempt on the ball. He got a deserved red card for it, because everything that can go wrong will go wrong for Spain in this Confederations Cup final. Check out the dumb foul for yourself.


What did Shakira think?


We agree.


Sergio Ramos is your penalty taker?

With his team up 3-0, Marcelo gifted Spain a penalty with this very silly foul on substitute Jesus Navas.


Brazil was dominating the match, but it looked as though this could have gifted the Spaniards a way back into the game ... wait. Their penalty taker is Sergio Ramos? Really?


Yep, really.


Fred makes it 3-0 with a brace

Fred has scored again. He did it just two minutes into the second half of the Confederations Cup final. He has five goals in all competitions and 10 goals in his last 11 appearances. Brazil lead Spain 3-0. I'm out of words.


Spain weren't affected by their Confederations Cup result last time around -- they went on to win the World Cup after losing 2-0 to the United States in the semifinal back in 2009 -- but this is really something else. They're getting outplayed in every way. Brazil are steamrolling them.


Brazil on top 2-0 at halftime

It's been all Brazil in the first half of the Confederations Cup final, and Spain look light on answers.


Fred puts Brazil up inside two minutes

The Maracana has already had a chance to absolutely erupt, thanks to Fred and some poor defending by Spain. Fred, the journeyman striker who many felt didn't have what it takes to be first choice for Brazil, now has nine goals in his last 11 matches for his country.

Hulk set up the goal with a cross, though it wasn't good enough to set up Fred on its own. Gerard Pique completely misplayed both the ball and Fred as it fell unexpectedly to Neymar, then bounced off of him back towards the center of the box. Iker Casillas went down too early and Fred popped the ball over him while on his back.


It was certainly uncharacteristic of the Spaniards, who didn't concede in the knockout stages of the 2010 World Cup or Euro 2012. They now face a serious uphill battle, considering they're not used to playing from behind at all. In fact, their style of play almost depends on never going behind.


Brazil vs. Spain: Lineups

Brazil fields an unchanged team in the Confederations Cup final, while Spain has made one change to their lineup.


Italy takes third place on penalties

Third place games with extra time are a bit ridiculous, but hey, this was a fun undercard! Italy made up for their shootout loss to Spain by besting Uruguay on penalties.


The two Italies

Italy will need to integrate their younger players into the team if they want to stand their best chance of competing at the 2014 World Cup.


The Confederations Cup final we all wanted

The hosts Brazil take on the defending champions of both Europe and the world, Spain, in a dream final that could be a preview of next summer's World Cup final.

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