Brazil vs Spain: Fred, Neymar lead 'Samba stars' to Confederations Cup glory

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said the result as the perfect fillip as he plots a course to an assault on next year's World Cup finals in Brazil. His counterpart Vicente del Bosque meanwhile admitted Spain had been outclassed on the night. "There are no excuses. Brazil were better than us. We must congratulate them," del Bosque said.

updated: July 01, 2013 13:48 IST
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Rio de Janeiro: Brazil destroyed world and European champions Spain 3-0 to win a third straight Confederations Cup title with a dazzling display of football which left the Maracana Stadium in raptures here Sunday. (Read: Neymar is golden for Brazil, Iniesta is Spain's 'silver')

The turbo-charged samba stars roared to victory with two goals from Fred and a stunning strike from Neymar, dominating a weary Spanish side whose strength was sapped after edging Italy on penalties in Thursday's semi-final. (Also read: Brazil, Spain to gift autographed shirts to Nelson Mandela)

A miserable night for Spain also saw them miss a second half penalty when Sergio Ramos shot wide from the spot before Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was sent off for a professional foul on Neymar. (More clashes as Brazil trounce Spain)

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