Brazil Beats Spain 3-0 in Final of Confederations Cup SoccerErik Matuszewski
Brazil defeated Spain 3-0 in the final of the Confederations Cup soccer tournament in Rio de Janeiro as Fred scored two goals and Neymar had one.
Brazil’s victory at Maracana Stadium ends a world record 29-match unbeaten run in competitive matches for Spain, the world and European champion. The tournament is a warm-up for next year’s World Cup.
Fred scored the first goal for host Brazil less than two minutes into the game and Neymar added a goal in the 44th minute. Fred struck again two minutes into the second half to put Brazil in front 3-0.
Spain was denied a tying goal in the 40th minute as a shot that had beaten Brazilian goaltender Julio Cesar was cleared off the line and over the crossbar by defender David Luiz. Spain also missed a penalty kick in the 54th minute and had defender Gerard Pique sent off with a red card in the 68th minute.
Italy beat Uruguay for third place today as Gianluigi Buffon saved three times in the penalty shootout after the match was tied 2-2 following two periods of extra time.