Brazil have won the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 with a 3-0 win against World Champions Spain in the final at the famous Estádio do Maracanã.
Brazil took an early lead in front of a partisan crowd when Fred found the back of the net just two minutes into the game. Hulk received the ball on the right side and curled the ball into te Spanish box. Fred took advantage of a scramble in front of keeper Iker Casillas and somehow managed to give the host the lead from the floor.
Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team continued to put heavy pressure on the Spaniards in the early minutes and the visitors were lucky not to concede one or two more goals. Oscar (8′) and Paulinho (13′) almost increased the lead with two fine efforts, but the scoreline remained 1-0.
It took almost 15 to 20 minutes before Spain finally found a way to decrease the pressure on them. Andrés Iniesta tested Brazilian keeper Júlio César with a long-range effort in the 20th minute, but the Queen Park Rangers shot-stopper turned the ball around the post.
Pedro Rodríguez almost hit the equaliser for Spain in the 41st minute, but he had to witness a super block by Brazilian defender David Luiz. Pedr0 curled a left-footed effort past the keeper, but David Luiz sprined back and cleared off the line with a superb stop.
Brazil increased the lead moments after David Luiz block when young superstar Neymar hammered the ball past Iker Casillas. Neymar received the ball from Oscar and fired a left-footed drive past Casillas before the Spain skipper could react.
The “Seleção” shocked Spaniards with another early goal just one minute into the second half as Fred scored his second goal of the night to erupt the Maracanã with joy.
Marcelo gave away a penalty to Spain, but Vicente del Bosque couldn’t take any advantage of the spot kick. Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos took the spot kick and put it wide.
Spain had no answer to the Brazilian dominance and they had to settle for a defeat by the hands of the 2014 FIFA World Cup hosts. Gerard Piqué faced the marching order after a foul on Neymar in the 68th minute and Spain had to play the remainder of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 final outnumbered.
Brazil won the match 3-0 to secure their fourth FIFA Confederations Cup title.
FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 | Final
at the Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
BRAZIL 3-0 SPAIN
1-0 Fred (2′)
2-0 Neymar (44′)
3-0 Fred (47′)
12 Júlio César;2 Daniel Alves, 3 Thiago Silva [C], 4 David Luiz, 6 Marcelo; 17 Luiz Gustavo, 18 Paulinho (88′ 8 Hernanes); 19 Hulk (73′ 23 Jádson), 11 Oscar, 10 Neymar; 9 Fred (80′ 21 Jô)
1 Jefferson, 22 Diego Cavalieri; 5 Fernando, 7 Lucas, 13 Dante, 14 Filipe Luís, 15 Jean, 16 Réver, 20 Bernard
1 Iker Casillas [C]; 17 Álvaro Arbeloa (46′ 5 César Azpilicueta), 15 Sergio Ramos, 3 Gerard Piqué, 18 Jordi Alba; 16 Sergio Busquets, 8 Xavi Hernández, 6 Andrés Iniesta; 11 Pedro Rodríguez, 9 Fernando Torres (59′ 7 David Villa), 13 Juan Mata (52′ 22 Jesús Navas)
12 Víctor Valdés, 23 Pepe Reina; 2 Raúl Albiol, 4 Javi Martínez, 10 Cesc Fàbregas, 14 Roberto Soldado, 19 Nacho Monreal, 20 Santi Cazorla, 21 David Silva
Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Sander van Roekel (Netherlands), Erwin Zeinstra (Netherlands)
Felix Brych (Germany)
Reserve Assistant Referee
Mark Borsch (Germany)
15′ Álvaro Arbeloa (Spain)
28′ Sergio Ramos (Spain)
68′ Gerard Piqué (Spain)
MAN OF THE MATCH