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.