Monday 01 July 2013
Chelsea’s David Luiz and Oscar helped steer Brazil to a third consecutive FIFA Confederations Cup title with a 3-0 victory over world and European champions Spain in Rio de Janeiro.
Spain, who also started with two Chelsea players, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres, went behind to an early goal from Fred. They almost equalised through Pedro’s shot but David Luiz spectacularly cleared it off the goalline. Oscar then set up Neymar to double Brazil’s lead just before half-time.
At the break Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta was brought on for Spain but the right-back was unable to prevent Fred from scoring his second.
Manchester City’s Jesus Navas also came on for Spain and won a penalty but any hopes Spain had of finding a way back were dented when Sergio Ramos missed the spot-kick and Gerard Pique was then sent off.
One consolation for Torres was the winning of the golden boot with five goals during the tournament.
In the battle for third place in the tournament, Liverpool forward Luis Suarez played the whole match for Uruguay who lost to Italy on penalties in Salvador following a 2-2 draw after extra time. Suarez’s clubmate Sebastian Coates was an unused substitute for Uruguay.
In the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey, Manchester United’s new signing Guillermo Varela played the 90 minutes as Uruguay booked their passage to the last 16 with a 4-0 victory over Uzbekistan.
Varela’s United club-mate Angelo Henriquez also will feature in the second stage after his Chile side came second in group E despite a defeat by Iraq. England failed to qualify from the group after going down to two late goals by Egypt despite dominating the match.
Fulham’s Kerim Frei is through to the last 16 with Turkey, who triumphed 2-1 against an Australia side that contained his clubmate Ryan Williams, while Newcastle United’s Curtis Good was an unused substitute for the losing team.