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June 30, 2013 11:00 PM BST
Estadio Jornalista Mário Filho (Maracanã) — Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Referee:‬ B. Kuipers‎
Attendance:‬ 73531‎
 
2′ Fred
 
44′ Neymar
 
47′ Fred
 

Brazil-Spain Preview: Selecao out to halt Spanish juggernaut in Maracana showpiece

The stage is set for the five-time World Cup winners and the reigning world champions to battle it out for the Confederations Cup at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic footballing cathedral

By Karthick Arvinth

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Brazil have no injury worries and are expected to field the same team that beat Uruguay for Sunday’s final against Spain.

Selecao boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has named the same starting XI in three of his side’s four matches and is unlikely to make changes, although out-of-form striker Hulk’s place may come under threat.

Spain have no injuries to report and are at full strength for the Maracana clash.

Cesc Fabregas and Roberto Soldado have shaken off muscle injuries and could return to the side after sitting out the penalty shoot-out victory over Italy.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Brazil are unbeaten in 10 matches, winning their last five. They have not lost a competitive game at home since 1975.
  • The five-time world champions have won four of eight previous meetings with Spain (W4, D2, L2), but the two countries have not faced each other since 1999.
  • Brazil handed the Spanish their heaviest-ever World Cup defeat in 1950. They won 6-1 at the Maracana before going on to lose to Uruguay in the final.
  • Four of Brazil’s Confederations Cup squad play their club football in Spain.
  • Spain are on a record 29-match unbeaten run in competitive matches, stretching back to the 2010 World Cup (W24, D5).
  • La Roja’s only competitive win over Brazil came in the first round of the 1934 World Cup.
  • Spain have won their last six encounters against South American opponents in all competitions, including friendlies. The last Latin American side to beat Spain was Argentina in a friendly in September 2010.
  • Fernando Torres (pictured, right) has scored five goals in his last three appearances for Spain.


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World - FIFA Confederations Cup ‎(FCC)‎ Jun 30, 2013 Brazil 3 - Spain 0
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12Julio CésarGoalkeeper
2Daniel AlvesDefender
3Thiago SilvaDefender
4David LuizDefender
6MarceloDefender
10OscarMidfielder
17Luiz GustavoMidfielder
18PaulinhoMidfielder
9FredStriker
11NeymarStriker
12HulkStriker
1JeffersonGoalkeeper
-Diego Cavalieri
13DanteDefender
-Filipe Luis
-Réver
-Fernando
7LucasMidfielder
-Hernanes
-Jean
20BernardMidfielder
-Jadson
21Striker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
3PiquéDefender
15Sergio RamosDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
6Jordi AlbaDefender
6Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
8XaviMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
-Fernando Torres
11PedroStriker
10Juan MataStriker
12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
23Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Raúl Albiol Defender
5César AzpilicuetaDefender
19MonrealDefender
-Javi MartínezMidfielder
10Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
20Santi CazorlaMidfielder
21David SilvaMidfielder
22Jesús Navas GonzálezMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
14Roberto SoldadoStriker
Players to Watch
Neymar
Neymar
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
5 4 1 0
Sunday’s final is something of a farewell for Brazil’s talisman, as he prepares to leave behind his homeland for the heady heights of Barcelona. Neymar’s blistering pace is sure to be a threat to the all-conquering Spanish, and he will hope to further enhance his stock by delivering a match-winning performance.
Andrés Iniesta Luján
Andrés Iniesta Luján
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
5 0 0 0
The 29-year-old playmaker is Spain’s man for the big occasion, having scored the winner against Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup final. Brazil will be wary of Iniesta’s link-up play with the marauding Jordi Alba on the left flank – a particularly potent source of Spain’s attacking thrust.
Prediction

Both sides have shown fleeting moments of brilliance in the run up to the final without being overly impressive, with the Spanish finding it hard to adapt to the equatorial conditions. Brazil, of course, will be desperate to give their country’s morale a much-needed lift by winning their last competitive match before next year’s World Cup. However, it is hard to look past Spain, whose intricate passing game may prove too much for the Samba stars to handle.

Editor's Prediction
Brazil 1
Spain 2
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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Fernando Torres Fernando Torres
Striker
Chelsea
5 0
Fred Fred
Striker
Fluminense
5 0
Abel Hernández Abel Hernández
Striker
Palermo
4 1
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
4 0
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
Striker
Man Utd.
3 1