Sunday June 30, 2013
Minor injury doubts persist over Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Busquets and Sergio Ramos but Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said his whole squad was in “good shape” ahead of the match. Fabregas was held out of the semi-final against Italy as a precaution following a hamstring twinge against Nigeria.
Luiz Felipe Scolari: “We have overcome a lot of hurdles and we have really grown together over the last 30 days, and for the 15 days in this competition, and it would be great for us to win it. Spain are a fantastic team, but they have their flaws and they can be defeated. I think what would be so important for us is with a victory we would regain a lot of credibility and respect from our own fans in Brazil.”
Vicente Del Bosque: “I have been privileged to have been a player and football is my passion and it’s my vice, if I confess it. I am very much enjoying this moment, I have had marvellous moments as a player in great teams, and right now, I am coaching a team which is in one of its best-ever phases. So I am enjoying it, even if I am not showing it that obviously.”
This will be only the ninth meeting between Spain and Brazil in a senior international fixture, and the first since November 1999.
Brazil are unbeaten in their last four competitive meetings with Spain, winning three and drawing one (1986, 1978, 1962, 1950).
Fernando Torres has scored eight goals in Confederations Cup history. Only Cuauhtémoc Blanco (Mexico) and Ronaldinho (Brazil) have scored more (9).
Spain are on a run of 29 consecutive matches without defeat in competitive games, a run which goes back to their opening group match of the 2010 World Cup, when they lost 1-0 to Switzerland.
Brazil have won 11 successive Confederations Cup matches; last losing back in the group stages of the 2005 tournament against Mexico.
Brazil have won the last two editions of the Confederations Cup (2005 and 2009), with this being their third successive final appearance in the tournament.
As well as attempting 1221 more passes than any other team at the 2013 Confederations Cup so far, Spain managed the best passing accuracy (92%).
Spain have conceded only eight shots on target in their four games in the tournament so far; fewer than any other side.
Fred has scored eight goals in his last 10 appearances for Brazil, including three in his last two matches at the Confederations Cup.
Neymar has netted three goals at the 2013 Confederations Cup so far and has scored six goals in his last eight games for Brazil overall.