Brazil efficiently dominates for Confed Cup title

Posted by Jason York, ESPN Stats & Information

Brazil became the first country to win three straight FIFA Confederations Cup titles, cruising past reigning world and European champion Spain, 3-0, in Sunday’s final. It was a record fourth Confederations Cup title overall for Brazil, which is undefeated in 57 straight competitive home games since 1975.

• Fred scored twice for Brazil, including the third-fastest goal in tournament history 1:34 into game.

The Barcelona-bound Neymar tallied his fourth goal of the tournament, all from at least 15 yards. He scored two goals with his left foot and two with his right in the five games, and three of his four goals were from open play.

• Brazil did not waste its touches in the attacking third of the field against Spain. Brazil had 93 touches in the attacking third, which ranked 25th out of 32 team games in the tournament, but Brazil averaged a shot every 6.6 touches in the attacking third, tying Uruguay's game against Italy for the fewest touches per shot in a single game at the tournament.

• Spain’s world-record 29-game unbeaten streak in competitive matches was snapped, as Spain lost a competitive game for the first time since its opener versus Switzerland at the 2010 World Cup.

This was also Spain’s worst competitive loss since 1985, a 3-0 loss at Wales in a World Cup qualifier, and the first time Spain allowed three goals in competitive game since Sept. 2006, a 3-2 loss at Northern Ireland in Euro qualifying.

Spain also had its shutout streak in knockout games end at 811 minutes. The previous goal Spain allowed in a knockout match was also at the Confederations Cup, in 2009.

• Sergio Ramos missed a penalty kick for Spain in the 55th minute, and Spain has now missed 10 of 23 penalties since August 2008. Ramos is the sixth player to miss a try in that span, joining David Villa (who's converted 6 of 10), Xabi Alonso (5 of 6), Cesc Fabregas (0 of 2), Fernando Torres and Roberto Soldado (each 0 of 1). Santi Cazorla and Juan Mata each converted his only attempt in that timeframe.

• In the third-place match, Italy outlasted Uruguay 3-2 on penalty kicks after drawing 2-2 through extra time. Italy played with a much more compact shape in its final two matches at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, as evidenced by its shorter average passing distance in the semifinals and third-place match (18.9 yards per attempt) versus its group-stage matches (21.1). Italy’s shorter passes created more scoring chances (28-25) and also lifted its passing accuracy from 82 percent to 85 percent in the knockout stages.

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