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Brazil 3 – 0 Spain

posted 1 Jul 2013, 18:05 by Sportech Nz   [ updated 1 Jul 2013, 18:08 ]

Brazil emphatically beat the World and European Champions 3-0 to win the Confederations Cup for the third time in a row – 2013, 2009, 2005.

Brazil have not been defeated on home soil since 1975. Will they continue that run in the World Cup 2014?  The bookmakers think they will. Prior to the Final, Spain held a record 29 international consecutive matches without a defeat ... until this Final. The previous record holder had been France with 27 consecutive matches.

Going into this tournament Brazil were ranked by FIFA at a lowly 22nd in the World. Spain of course were ranked 1.

Before Brazil were handed the Confederations Cup trophy, there were a few individual prizes to be dished out. Neymar is named the tournament's best player and receives the Golden Ball for his stunning performances. Spain playmaker Andres Iniesta trudges up for the Silver Ball, while Neymar's team-mate Paulinho is awarded the Bronze Ball.

A miserable looking Iker Casillas collected the Fair Play award on behalf of the Spanish team.  Julio Cesar won the Golden Glove for being named the tournament's best goalkeeper.

An equally glum Fernando Torres was given the Golden Boot as the tournament top scorer with 5 goals.

Neymar also collects the Bronze Boot (4 goals) and team-mate Fred gets the Silver Boot (on 5 goals same as Torres). If two or more players were tied on goals, the one who made the most assists would win. If assists couldn’t split them, the one who played the least minutes would emerge with the prize. Assists were also equal so Torres won having played less minutes than Fred throughout the tournament.

And in the FIFA Player Index for the tournament, Fred’s performance in the final moved him into first place just ahead of Sergio Ramos and Jordi Alba. Neymar moved up into 10th place. Going into the final Alba had taken the lead position following his stellar performance against Italy in the semi-final.