Spain looked forward to a chance for World Cup revenge after Brazil hammered the world champions 3-0 in a humiliating Confederations Cup final at the Maracana Stadium.
Brazil raced into a 1-0 lead after only two minutes through Fred's first of the night, then made it 2-0 just before half time with an unstoppable left-footer by Neymar. Two minutes after the restart Fred made it 3-0 with a low drive wide of keeper Iker Casillas' outstretched arm.
“Everything went wrong for Spain,” The country's biggest sports daily Marca said, from an attempt to equalise when 1-0 down that was blocked on the line by Brazil's David Luiz, to a missed penalty by Sergio Ramos in the second half. Piling on the pain for Spain, Gerard Pique was sent off halfway through the second half for a professional foul on Neymar.
A Brazillian fan watches the match on a giant screen - Photo by AFP
Spain's forward Fernando Torres (C) vies with Brazil's defender Dani Alves (R) - Photo by AFP
Brazil's forward Neymar (C) falls next to Spain's defender Cesar Azpilicueta (R) and referee Bjorn Kuipers - Photo by AFP
Brazil's Fred is congratulated by Neymar after scoring his side's 3rd goal - Photo by AP
Brazil's David Luiz deflects a ball by Spain's Pedro Rodriguez - Photo by AP
Spanish players sit dejected on the pitch after losing - Photo by AP
Spain's Santi Cazorla seats on the field after his team's loss - Photo by AP
Brazil's Neymar is congratulated by Spain's Pedro - Photo by Reuters
Brazil's Neymar consoles Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas - Photo by Reuters
Brazil's Neymar kisses the Confederations Cup trophy after winning the final - Photo by AP
Brazil's players celebrate with their supporters after winning - Photo by Reuters
The Brazillians celebrate with the Confederations cup trophy - Photo by AFP