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Uruguay Lose on Penalties, Brazil Beat Spain 3-0

Uruguay come up short in a shoot out while Brazil thoroughly dominate La Furia Roja to collect yet another Confederations Cup title.

Clive Rose
Uruguay 2
Italy 2
Italy win 3-2 on penalties

For the second time in two matches, Italy faced playing a full ninety minutes plus extra time before moving on to game deciding penalties. This time they emerged on the side of victory, beating out Uruguay 3-2. Luis Suarez converted his own effort but it wasn't enough to overcome the great Gigi Buffon. Sebastian Coates remained an unused substitute.

Brazil 3
Spain 0

Reports of Spain's demise are probably greatly exaggerated, but the reigning World and Euro Cup champions put on a poor display that rightly saw the host nation take top honours in the tournament, marking the third straight and fourth total Confederations Cup title for Brazil. The match had a little bit of something for everyone, from a lightning quick opening goal scored by Fred while lying on the ground to the somewhat shocking / not shocking moment when Sergio Ramos (!) stepped up to the penalty spot for Spain (?!) and promptly put it wide (...). An additional pair of goals for Fred and Neymar on either side of the half time break saw Brazil finish off the Spaniards.

As far as Liverpool connections go, Pepe Reina watched from the bench, and perhaps the greatest disappointment from this result will be the lack of video of him drunkenly celebrating on the plane back to Spain. Former Red Alvaro Arbeloa did not have a great day at the office, but his compatriot Fernando Torres managed to win another Golden Boot using the "fewer minutes played" tie-breaking rule that has served him well in the past.

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