By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Seleção (Brazilian national team) thrashed Spain 3-0 at the Maracanã to win the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. It was the Seleção’s third successive Confederations Cup title and eases the pressure on coach Luiz Felipe Scolari going into next year’s World Cup. The Brazil squad celebrate their Confederations Cup crown, photo by Ricardo Ayres/photocamera. Two goals from Fred and another by Neymar gave the Brazilians the crown. They ended Spain’s 29 game unbeaten run in the process. It was an excellent team performance rather than an individual effort from a handful of players. If Brazil play like this next year they will have a strong chance of lifting a sixth World Cup title. The hosts made the perfect start, opening the scoring in the second minute. Hulk sent in a cross from the right towards Fred and Neymar. Fred hit the deck under pressure. But instead of lose the chance the ball fell close to the number nine after hitting Alvaro Arbeloa on the arm. With all the instincts of a true striker Fred stabbed the ball past Iker Casillas. The Maracanã, and its 78,000 fans, went wild. Spain had chances to equalize, their greatest opportunity coming when Pedro found himself one-on-one with Júlio César. The striker slotted the ball past the goalkeeper, only for David Luiz to heroically clear the ball off the line. A minute before the interval Neymar doubled Brazil’s lead. He combined with Oscar before unleashing a left footed drive which flew past Casillas at his near post. Two minutes into the second half Fred put the Brazilians out of sight. Hulk’s pass found the forward who subsequently found the far corner to score his fifth goal of the tournament. Spain’s misery was confounded when Sergio Ramos missed a penalty after Marcelo clipped Jesus Navas inside the penalty area and Gerard Pique was dismissed for a professional foul on Neymar. It was the night of the returning champions. Read more (in Portuguese). * The Rio Times Daily Updates feature is offered to help keep you up-to-date with important news as it happens. 14 Responses to "Brazil Win 2013 Confederations Cup: Daily" Pingback: Rio Sees Protests at Maracanã Stadium: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News said July 2, 2013 at 7:30 PM i will shore brazil to win or to take next year the world cup i will wish to take the world cup i am somaliland i suport the football of brazil i like to win brazil the cup of the world we will ssee in the next year byyyyyyyy Pingback: Confederations Cup Champions, Brazil Seleção Look to World Cup | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Brazil Protests Await Government Action | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Maracanã Stadium Still Without Contracts for Carioca Football | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Brazil's Seleção Lose to Switzerland 1x0: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup Tickets on Sale: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Opinion: Scolari Finds Fortune with Bolder Formation | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Editorial: Hello 2014, Predictions for the New Year | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari Confirms Seleção Squad: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Recife World Cup Fan Fest Screens Cancelled: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Coach Scolari Names Brazil World Cup Squad: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: The Brazil's Seleção World Cup Midfield Lineup | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Brazil Plays Without Neymar in World Cup Today: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.