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Brazil Wins Confederations Cup 2013

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It was Spain's biggest loss in a competitive match in 18 years, and it came at a pretty inopportune time. Brazil's 3-0 victory over the defending world and European champions gave the tournament host its third consecutive Confeds Cup title, paced by brilliant outings from Fred and Neymar.

The hyped championship game could be a preview of next year's World Cup, also in Brazil. Something had to give in this one though, with Brazil's fast-paced aggression clashing with Spain's slow, meticulous playing style. Fred's second-minute goal immediately indicated which would prevail.

Fred netted the goal from the ground, brilliantly lifting a broken-up cross from his back past Spanish keeper Iker Casillas. The home crowd was whipped into a frenzy, and Spain was already under pressure. That pressure didn't relent, as Brazil's Neymar banged a laser past Casillas for the game's second score at 44'. Fred returned for his second score of the day just two minutes after halftime, giving Brazil all the momentum in three wild minutes of regulation.

Spain had a chance to mount a comeback in the second half, but Sergio Ramos whiffed on a penalty kick that went right of Brazil's Julio Cesar. Spain's Gerard Pique was later handed a red card after sending new Barcelona teammate Neymar to the ground.

Opportunities were few and far between in the match's closing minutes, and a tournament shrouded in civil controversy ended with the home country hoisting the trophy. The Maracana rejoiced, hoping that a similar scene will take place a year from now at the 2014 World Cup.

Earlier in the day, Italy claimed bronze with a thrilling 3-2 win over Uruguay that went to PKs.

Spain v. Italy: Stunning Semifinal Match Goes to PKs

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The rematch didn't disappoint. Spain and Italy outdid their 2012 UEFA final with a thriller in Thursday's semis, with Spain nudging past by a 7-6 mark in penalty kicks. Despite two prolific offenses, neither side could net a goal for the 120 minutes of match time.

Italy had an early chance when Christian Maggio slipped past the Spanish defense, but defender Iker Casillas stepped up and prevented a further breakaway. Fernando Torres whipped a shot toward the end of the first half that just missed the mark, and Xavi failed to convert a late-match free kick for Spain. Things were tense from the get-go, but both sides inched closer to scoring in the final 30 minutes, with a Xavi bullet just tipped by keeper Gianluigi Buffon. After a rough start to the tournament, Buffon played magnificently in Italy's final outing.

With no score after the overtime periods, things moved to PKs, where Jesus Navas made the difference-maker. The only shooter to miss was Italy's Leonardo Bonucci, and Navas capitalized to propel Spain to a final with Brazil Sunday. That match, like both semi matches, should be nothing short of spectacular.

Brazil Confederations Cup 2013: Brazil Advances to Final

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This was one you couldn't miss. Brazil's 2-1 edge of continental rival Uruguay sent the home team to the finals, where it will see Italy or Spain in an effort to claim its third straight Confederations Cup. You can expect the Maracana to be nothing less than a madhouse for Sunday.

Uruguay had an early chance to make a statement, but Diego Forlan's penalty was saved by Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar. Forlan was tugged down to the ground by David Luiz, and Cesar's athletic left-handed tip whipped the crowd into an even louder frenzy.

Both sides struggled to maintain possession through much of the first half, but Brazil cracked the scoreboard first as time came to a close, with Paulinho lobbing a pass to Neymar in the box and firing a shot that would be cleaned up by Fred. The finish made things 1-0 at the break.

Uruguay responded quickly after halftime, where Luis Suarez pushed through the Brazilian box and Edinson Cavani drilled an equalizer. Neither side could capitalize on the shifting momentum until the match's dying minutes, where Neymar sent a corner to the back post that was headed in by Paulinho past keeper Fernando Muslera for the final advantage. After the goal at 86', Brazil held in to the bellowing cheers of its home fans to advance to the final.

Italy and Spain square off Thursday for the right to see Brazil Sunday. That rematch of 2012's UEFA final will be without Mario Balotelli, the Italian star sidelined with a strained thigh.

Confederations Cup LIVE Stream: Where to Watch Games Online

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Group play comes to a close this weekend, and we'll have two semis teams from Group B to join Brazil and Italy. Check out the TV listings and online steams below.

Thursday

Spain and Tahiti's group game can be found on ESPN at 3 p.m. ET, while Nigeria and Uruguay stay on three hours later. Streams for both games can be found here.

Saturday

Japan and Mexico will be on ESPN at 3 again, while Italy and Brazil play at the same time and can be watched online on ESPN3.

Sunday

Group play ends Sunday with Nigeria and Spain on ESPN at 3 and Uruguay and Tahiti at the same time on ESPN2. Streams can again be found here.

FIFA Confederations Cup Scores 2013: Group B ends with Spain, Uruguay Victories

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After group A concluded with two tightly-contested matches, much was expected from Sunday's slate. Yet things weren't nearly as close in group B, where Spain and Uruguay won by a combined 11-0 to advance to next week's semifinals. The two teams will face group A's Italy and Brazil, respectively.

The defending World Cup champions wasted no time against Nigeria Sunday, netting a goal in the third minute courtesy of defender Jordi Alba. Nigeria remained aggressive and counter-attacked all half, but ultimately came up empty-handed. Midfielder John Obi Mikel's shot was deflected off the crossbar, and Spain held off to go into the half up 1-0.

Spanish star Fernando Torres came off the bench for his side's second goal of the night, a beautiful header at 62' assisted by Pedro. The score puts him just one goal behind the tournament record, which is shared by former Mexican star Cuauhtemoc Blanco and legendary Brazil captain Ronaldinho. Alba would add a second goal in the 88th minute. With the win, Spain plays Italy, a hyped rematch of 2012's UEFA Euro final.

Uruguay had an even easier time with Tahiti, the punching bag of the tournament, winning handily by an 8-0 final. Abel Hernandez notched a first-half hat trick and four total goals while Luis Suarez added two to become Uruguay's all-time top scorer. Despite leaving without any points, Tahiti made a statement competing with the world's best in their first-ever senior FIFA tournament.

Uruguay will face Brazil in a South American showdown Wednesday.

FIFA Confederations Cup Scores 2013: Spain, Uruguay Win

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Two polar opposite outcomes Thursday. Spain's 10-0 thumping of Tahiti (in its first senior FIFA tournament, nonetheless) smashed Cup records, paced by Fernando Torres' and David Villa's combined seven goals. Spain's stars offered a powerful reminder of just how dominant this team can be, even against a shoddy opponent. Torres kicked off the scoring right away, netting a goal in the fifth minute. He would go on to score four, along with Villa's hat trick, two from David Silva and another from Juan Mata. The win springs Spain into the semis with Brazil and Italy.

Uruguay, meanwhile, touted strong defense to edge past Nigeria 2-1 in the late game Thursday. In his 100th consecutive appearance for Uruguay, Diego Forlan netted the difference-maker, a goal in the 51st minute that would be the final score of the night. Captain Diego Lugano also scored, opening things up in the 19th, while Nigeria's lone goal came from athletic midfielder John Obi Mikel. The win puts Uruguay in fantastic position to join the three powerhouses in the semis, needing just one point in their final match with lowly Tahiti. Nigeria will have to tie or upset Spain in the final round of group B play.

FIFA Confederations Cup Scores 2013: Italy Beats Japan 4-3

Neymar's early goal paced Brazil to a 2-0 shutout over Mexico, while Italy squeaked by in a shootout with Japan in a 4-3 final Wednesday. Both wins were expected, although Italy's defensive struggles could portend some trouble. The two teams head to the Confederation semifinals, which will be played June 26 and 27.

The home team was set up by Neymar's ninth-minute volley past Mexico keeper Jose Corona. He also assisted a goal in the 90th minute to Jo, compensating for a previous Brazil put-in that was called offsides. Though Mexico actually held possession in the first half, Brazil dominated the pace of the game and looked defensively sharp.

Italy, meanwhile, didn't move past Japan quite as easily. Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa coupled for two early goals to give Japan a sizable lead, surprising against Italy's Gianluigi Buffon, one of the best keepers in the world. Coach Cesare Prandelli switched things up by plugging in forward Sebastian Giovinco, giving Italy a stronger attack that responded by striking with Daniele De Rossi's header in the 41st minute.

The second half was far more auspicious for Italy, who evened the score after a cross to star forward Mario Balotelli was inadvertently tapped in by Japan defender Atsuto Uchida. The own goal drew things even at 2-2, and just two minutes later, Balotelli struck with a score of his own. Italy's three goals in 11 minutes gave them all the momentum as the second half rolled on.

Japan's Shinji Okazaki broke the tie in the 69th minute with a header off a free kick, but Italy's Sebastian Giovinco tapped in a pass from De Rossi for the deciding score in the 86th. The match was the second-highest scoring in tournament history, only behind an 8-2 blowout between Brazil and Saudi Arabia in 1999.

Brazil earns its ninth consecutive Confederation win and joins Italy in the semis. The two will meet Saturday to round out Group A play, while Mexico and Japan square off as well despite being unable to advance past the group stage. Spain and Tahiti and Nigeria and Uruguay play in Group B Thursday.

2013 Confederation Cup: LIVE Updates, Predictions, Winners and Commentary

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Soccer fans are a different breed of passion and fervor, and when it comes to major matches, no sport is more salient on a global scale. This month has already been dominated by the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil, with the home team shutting out Japan, Italy narrowly edging past Mexico, and Nigeria giving Tahiti a rough welcome in its first senior FIFA tournament.

Spain, Brazil, and Italy figure to be favorites for the Final, which will take place on June 30 in Rio De Janeiro. The tournament has been claimed by Brazil in each of the past four-year runs (2009 and '05), and acts as a warmup of sorts before the country hosts the World Cup in 2014.

Not everyone will be able to catch the games here in the States. Whether your schedule can't accomodate the time shifts or you simply don't have the willpower to sit down for a series of long matches, check here to get updates on the remaining action.

As of Wednesday, this is what the table looks like:

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