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Brazil 3-0 Spain: Host nation wins fourth straight Confederations Cup

Suggestions of the “end of an era” are hasty but there’s little doubt Brazil totally dominated Spain in this fantastic final


Spain 0-0 Italy (7-6 on penalties): Neither side finds breakthrough despite Prandelli’s clever strategy

The second Confederations Cup semi-final, an all European affair, was settled by the most dramatic of penalty shoot-outs


Brazil 2-1 Uruguay: Tabarez nullifies Brazil’s strengths and creates a low quality match

Brazil are through to the Confederations Cup final on home turf after Paulinho scored at the last


Brazil 4-2 Italy: Prandelli’s shape changes dictate game

Prandelli changed his shape from the start but was forced to tinker in a weirdly stop-start yet entertaining clash of traditional rivals


Nigeria 0-3 Spain: Jordi Alba scores double as Nigeria are knocked out

Spain continued with the recent theme of playing with more freedom to good effect in an entertaining win

The teams after the first goal

Uruguay 2-1 Nigeria: Uruguay weak down right – again – but win thanks to attacking quality

Diego Forlan scored in his 100th cap but otherwise had little effect on a game dictated by the presence of him, Suarez and Cavani in tandem


Italy 4-3 Japan: Crazy game ignited by Japanese pressing

Seven different goal scorers in a seven goal thriller that might well go down as one of the all-time great international games

Confederations Cup: post-match reaction from Brazil vs Italy - video

Brazil 2-0 Mexico: Another early strike from Neymar

Like he had against Italy, Jo wrapped up a game in which Brazil should have done more to assert their superiority

Spain v Uruguay: Group B - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013

Spain 2-1 Uruguay: Tabarez’s system proves chaotic as Spain play with greater freedom

Perhaps one of the most chaotic performances you’ll ever see from a professional side as Spain ran rampant with their possession amidst Uruguay’s shamble


Italy 2-1 Mexico: De La Torre conservativeness allows Italy to dominate

Javier Hernandez pegged Italy back with a penalty after Andrea Pirlo’s opener but the Azzuri’s dominance was rewarded with a Mario Balotelli winner

Brazil v Japan: Group A - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013

Brazil 3-0 Japan: Neymar kicks off tournament

This was a battle of somewhat similar 4-2-3-1 formations with both sides featuring flying full-backs and wide players who look to drift inside


Confederations Cup preview

There are five sides still to secure their place in Brazil, so as they head over there now for the Confederations Cup, here are the areas they’ll be looking to improve to ensure they return the following year

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