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Brazil Win Confed Cup

A comprehensive performance and a brace from Fred saw Brazil run out 3-0 winners over Spain in the final of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio De Janeiro on Sunday night.

For Brazil it is their third consecutive Confederations Cup title and one they fully deserve as they outclassed Spain in every area of the park.

Brazil were out the blocks fast and took the lead in the second minute of the match as Fred scored a somewhat scrappy goal.

Hulk received the ball on the Brazil right and curled a ball into the Spain six-yard box. Neymar tried to control but the ball dropped just in front of Fred, who had fallen to the floor but managed to bundle the ball over the line from a few yards out, 1-0.

From that moment on the writing seemed on the wall for Spain as Brazil played some beautiful passing football. Spain looked to be chasing shadows and were never really in the match.

Brazil created chances almost at will and it only seemed a matter of time before they found the second goal.

That goal came a minute before the break as Man of the Match, superstar Neymar, netted for the Brazilians.

It was a goal that underlined his class as Neymar narrowly stayed onside to receive a pass from Oscar just inside the box, on the left hand side, before firing the ball into the top left corner of the net, 2-0.

The second 45 saw Brazil start where they left off as Fred grabbed his second goal three minutes after the restart.

Fred received the ball on the left of the Spanish area and clinically curled a shot past the stranded keeper, 3-0.

Spain were then given a lifeline in the 55th minute when Marcelo took Jesus Navas down in the Brazil penalty area, but they failed to grab it.

Sergio Ramos stepped up to take the spot kick but saw his effort strike the post.

Spain’s night got even worse in the 68th minute as Gerard Pique saw a straight red card after pulling down Neymar on his way to goal. The referee adjudged the defender to be the last man and consequently had no choice but to give him his marching orders.

Brazil saw the remainder of the game out to lift the trophy and end Spain's world record run of unbeaten games.

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