A winning streak will be shattered with unbeaten Brazil and Spain scheduled to face off in the 2013 Confederations Cup final.
The Brazilians earned a title berth when they defeated Luis Suarez and Uruguay by the score of 2-1 in the semifinals. They Spaniards did so by sneaking past Gianluigi Buffon and Italy in a match which needed penalty kicks to break a 0-0 tie. Spain scored on seven attempts, while the Italians sunk just six.
Here’s when and where to watch the tournament’s last match as well as a prediction as to who will be crowned champs.
When: Sunday, June 30 at 6 p.m. ET
It nearly didn’t happen, but the two most dominant clubs made it to the Confederations Cup final.
Brazil beat each of its opponents by multiple goals in the group stage. It only edged Uruguay by one, but it also controlled the football 64 percent of the match and managed to attempt 19 shots, 10 on goal, compared to just seven, three on goal, for the Uruguayans.
Spain enters with a better goal differential than Brazil—14-to-8—but the Brazilians also weren’t fortunate enough to play Tahiti. The Spaniards imposed their will on weaker clubs but couldn’t score a goal on an Italian team in regulation or overtime—a team that Brazil scored four times against. Spain may not even be in the championship if Mario Balotelli would’ve been physically capable of suiting up for Italy.
Brazil also boasts the most consistent star of the tourney—Neymar. The 21-year-old Barcelona forward has put points in the board in each of the Brazilians’ bouts thus far. He scored goals in their first three matches and recorded his second assist of the cup in the semis.
All of the Spaniards top goalscorers—Fernando Torres, David Villa and David Silva, minus Jordi Alba, who scored both of his goals against Nigeria—padded their stats against Tahiti.
The match will be close, but at Estádio do Maracanã—with the hottest offensive threat in the tournament—expect the Brazilians to defend their home turf.
Brazil 3, Spain 2
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.