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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, July 2, 2013
RIO DE JANEIRO---Vicente del
Bosque called his team s resound-
ing 3-0 loss to Brazil in the Con-
federations Cup final a "deserved
Del Bosque sought to play down
Sunday s lop-sided match, saying
the World Cup winners and two-
time defending European cham-
pions might benefit from the loss
in front of a partisan Brazilian
crowd of 73,000 at Rio de Janeiro s
The loss left Spain without the
only major title it has failed to win
in a five-year span in which it has
dominated the game.
"Once in a while it is convenient
to lose because we don t think we
are unbeatable," Del Bosque said.
"Today they had more energy and
certainly kept their shape better
than we did."
The World Cup winners were
beaten in every phase of the game,
a fact Del Bosque conceded. Brazil
scored early and late in the first
half---Fred and Neymar doing the
damage---with Fred scoring early
in the second to seal the victory.
The last goal prompted jubilant
Brazil fans to begin chanting: "You
want to play, you want to play.
Brazil will teach you how."
In the 68th when defender Ger-
ard Pique was sent off on a straight
red card, the crowd began chanting
the name of his girlfriend---pop
singer Shakira---who was sitting
in the stands.
It was that kind of night for
Spain, which started poorly and
never recovered after Fred s goal
in the second minute.
"The first minutes and the last
minutes of the halves are critical,"
Spain defender Cesar Azpilicueta
said "And they scored their three
goals at the beginning and ends
of the halves, which is the worst
time. Those are the most demor-
The victory ended Spain s
unbeaten string of 26 games, but
the Spanish coach played down
any need to re-build his team with
next year s World Cup in Brazil
just a year away. Spain has yet to
qualify, but is almost certain to.
"We are happy with what we
have done over the last few years,"
Del Bosque said. "But one loss ---
you have to look at it, but not over-
react to it.
"We are not content with the
loss. But when a team is superior,
you have to accept it. It was a
Midfielders Andreas Iniesta and
Xavi Hernandez were ineffective
in the match, usually beaten to
loose balls by the quicker Brazilian,
who were playing with an extra
day of rest. Spain looked jaded
after a tough extra-time victory
on Thursday over Italy, 7-6 on
"We knew we were going to
encounter a physical game with
lots of fouling," Iniesta said. "We
lost to a very strong team and the
small details lets us down." (AP)
Del Bosque says 3-0 Brazil
loss 'deserved defeat'
RIO DE JANEIRO---Fifa President Sepp Blatter yes-
terday declared the Confederations Cup football
tournament a success despite clashes between
police and protesters near some matches.
As host nation Brazil was beating Spain in Sunday s
final of the 2014 World Cup warm-up tournament,
police officers were unleashing a barrage of tear gas
canisters and stun grenades outside Rio de Janeiro s
Blatter said he was "not going to discuss" police
actions to repel protests outside some of the grounds
in Brazil over the last two weeks.
"Thanks to all those who have helped to make
this competition such a success despite...of all this
unrest and protests," Blatter said.
"I am happy to come to the conclusion now, with
the sporting results and also---with at least the
impression that---the social unrest is now resting.
I don t know how long but it is now resting."
Many of Brazil s anti-government protesters
expressed anger at the lack of investment in public
services compared with the billions of dollars being
spent on next year s World Cup.
"Football is connecting people in the stadia and
connecting people outside the stadia and...I am sure
that we will have a wonderful World Cup next year,"
Blatter said at a news conference.
"I am quite sure no one was bothered because of
the protests," Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said
through a translator. "Of course there were some
acts of violence but we just faced these challenges
... the problems are still there, we never try to hide
Brazil's David Luiz, right, pulls the jersey of Spain's Fernando Torres
during the football Confederations Cup final at the Maracana stadium in
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday. Spain lost 3-0. AP PHOTO
Fifa boss: Confed Cup
a success despite unrest
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