2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Final
The Estádio do Maracanã hosted the final.
|Event||2013 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|Date||30 June 2013|
|Venue||Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro|
|Man of the Match||Neymar (Brazil)|
|Referee||Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)|
23 °C (73 °F)
The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Final was a football match to determine the winners of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. The match was held at the Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 30 June 2013 and was contested by the winners of the semi-finals, Brazil and Spain. Brazil defeated Spain 3–0 with goals from Fred and Neymar, thus breaking Spain's record of 29 games without a defeat.
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 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.
Brazil had won the FIFA Confederations Cup three times, in 1997 against Australia, in 2005 against Argentina and 2009 against the United States. They had competed in every Confederations Cup competition since FIFA's takeover in 1997, with Brazil losing the 1999 final against Mexico 4–3. Spain qualified for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, their first ever appearance after winning the UEFA European Championship in 2008 against Germany. They reached the semi-finals, but lost 2–0 to the United States, resulting in Spain competing for the third-place play-off against South Africa, who had lost 1–0 against Brazil in the second semi-final match. The match ended in a 3–2 scoreline for Spain. Brazil were ranked 22nd in the FIFA World Rankings, considered to be their worst rank ever achieved, while Spain were ranked first.
Route to the final
|Group A winner
|Final standings||Group B winner
|Uruguay||2–1||Semi-finals||Italy||0–0 (a.e.t.) (7–6 p)|
Björn Kuipers of the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) and UEFA was selected to referee the final. Having been an international referee since 2006, he made his debut in the 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship youth competition, where he officiated in the final between Czech Republic under-17s and Russia under-17s. One year later, he appeared in his first Champions League match in July between Zeta and Kaunas in the first qualifying round. On 14 January 2009, Kuipers was promoted to elite level in European football. This led to him taking charge of his first proper Champions League match on 29 September 2009 in the group stage between Barcelona and Dynamo Kyiv. Ahead of the final, Kuipers had refereed 23 Champions League matches and 15 UEFA Cup/Europa League matches, including his first senior final, the 2013 UEFA Europa League Final between Benfica and Chelsea. He has also refereed at the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012.
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 (DFB).
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 goalkeeper 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 goalkeeper's right post. In the 68th minute, Gerard Piqué was shown a red card for bringing down Neymar just outside the penalty area.
|Fred 2', 48'
|Shots on target||8||7|
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Brazil no. 10 ghosted around the penalty area, like an introvert at family reunions, before gracefully timing his run and meeting Oscar’s serve under a surrealistically high-pressured situation. Spain’s Álvaro Arbeloa, who lunged into a challenge later than a regional bus reaches its destination in Lapland, followed in shame and disbelief as Cafusa’s trajectory darted past the powerless Iker Casillas.
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