Brazil blanks Spain to win Confederations Cup

By Larry Hartstein |

Brazil striker Fred scored the fastest goal in Confederations Cup finals history as the hosts trounced Spain 3-0 Sunday.

Fred scored after a cross in the second minute despite the fact that he was lying on the ground. Neymar added a goal just before halftime, and Fred added another tally two minutes into the second half.

Spain's Sergio Ramos missed a penalty shot in the 53rd minute. The loss ended Spain's 29-match unbeaten streak.

Brazil's victory at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro gave the hosts momentum heading into the 2014 World Cup, also in Brazil.

In the third-place match, Italy beat Uruguay 3-2 in a shootout after the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

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