The match was Brazil's fifth appearance in the final (after 1997, 1999, 2005 and 2009). Spain reached their first ever Confederations Cup final. The win gave Brazil their third consecutive Confederations Cup.
Before the final, Brazil and Spain had previously faced each other eight times, of which Brazil have recorded a total of four wins compared to Spain's two, with the remaining two matches ending in draws. The two sides' debut match was played on 27 May 1934, in the first round of the 1934 FIFA World Cup in Italy, held at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa. It ended in a 3–1 win in favor of Spain. Sixteen years later, at the 1950 FIFA World Cup, the two sides met again in the final round stage, which contained Sweden and Uruguay. Brazil responded by winning 6–1 in front of their 153,000 home spectators. The last meeting took place 13 November 1999, in a 0–0 friendly draw at the Balaídos, Vigo, Spain.
Kuipers was assisted by his compatriots Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra; the trio had previously taken charge of the Group B match between Nigeria and Uruguay earlier in the tournament. They were joined by fourth and fifth officials Felix Brych and Mark Borsch, representing the German Football Association.
In the second minute of the game a cross from the right by Hulk was not dealt with by defenders Álvaro Arbeloa, Gerard Piqué or goalkeeper Iker Casillas. The ball fell to Brazil forward Fred who had slipped and while lying on the ground managed to improvise and poke the ball past Casillas to give Brazil the lead. In 39th minute, Spain almost equalised when Pedro beat the gaolkeeper from the right but saw his shot hooked off the line and over the bar by David Luiz. Brazil increased their lead just before half time when Oscar passed to Neymar on the left side of the penalty area and he hit the ball left footed hard and high at the near post past Casillas. The third goal for Brazil arrived two minutes into the second half when Fred curled the ball low right footed inside the far post from the left with Casillas getting his fingers to the shot but unable to keep it out. Five minutes later Marcelo tripped Jesús Navas to give away a penalty. Sergio Ramos took the penalty but he shot low right footed and past the goalkeepers right post. In the 68th minute Gerard Piqué was shown a red card for bringing down Neymar just outside the penalty area.