Confederations Cup news

Neymar hails Brazil victory

July 1, 2013
By ESPN staff

Brazil's star forward Neymar admits the hosts played beyond expectations as they defeated world and European champions Spain 3-0 in the Confederations Cup final.

Fred handed Brazil the ideal start to the final
GettyImagesFred handed Brazil the ideal start to the final

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Neymar scored once, while strike partner Fred netted a brace to secure victory for Brazil at the Maracana.

Indeed, the home side dominated large portions of the game, creating numerous chances en route to their triumph.

The Barcelona forward says the team's third straight Confederations Cup title was a dream come true.

"The team played very well tonight, even better than we were expecting," he explained.

"This is a day that is making us very happy, we have no idea but we know this was a very important win.

"We had this goal and we ended putting the icing on the cake. All players like decisive games, special ones, even more so against the best team in the world, we are happy.

"We dream of something that is impossible for most, but nothing is impossible, they might be for the men, but not for God."

Meanwhile, Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque was left to rue his side's missed opportunities as they spurned a penalty shot and had Gerard Pique sent off in the second half.

"They maybe were a little bit lucky with their goals at the start of the first and the second halves," Del Bosque stated.

"But I will not make excuses for our loss. Brazil are the deserved winners and we have to congratulate them."

"I think that we have done a good Confederations Cup, except for today obviously. Brazil were simply better, nothing more," he concluded.