Rio de Janeiro, July 1: Five-time world champions Brazil decimated current world and European champions Spain 3-0 in the Confederations Cup football tournament final on Sunday, ending the European rivals' record of remaining unbeaten in record 29 matches.
Fred scored two of the goals, one in each half, while Neymar scored one in between to put the match beyond Spain's reach.
It was Brazil's third consecutive Confederations Cup title (fourth in total) and the fifth straight win in this year's competition. Fred finished his tally in the tournament with five goals. His early strike had clearly rattled the world champions, who looked jaded after their exhausting semi-final shoot-out against Italy. The victory is expected to leave a soothing effect on the internal disturbances that have rocked the Latin American country over sometime now.
It was a clearly not Spain's day with Sergio Ramos missing a penalty early in the second half and Gerard Pique was sent off for a thrust on Neymar, his teammate at Barcelona, after 68 minutes.
The Maracana crowd taunted Spain with "the giant is back" as Brazil humbled Vicente del Bosque's team, whose last competitive loss was against Switzerland at the FIFA World Cup, held four years back.
Italy beat Uruguay 3-2 in penalty shoot-out to take the third position.
Brazil will host next year's FIFA World Cup, first time since 1950.
Brazil make a hat-trick
Golden boot winner Spain's Fernando Torres is flanked by silver boot winner Fred from Brazil (left) and bronze boot winner Neymar after Brail won the Confederations Cup beating Spain 3-0 in the finals.
Italy beat Uruguay to finish third
Italy's Alessandro Diamanti (centre) is congratulated by teammates after he scored his side's second goal against Uruguay in the third-place deciding match at the Confederations Cup.
FIFA President Joseph Blatter
FIFA President Joseph Blatter speaks at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Spain's Ramos scores against Italy
Spain's Sergio Ramos scores against Italy during the penalty shoot-out in the Confederations Cup semi-final at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Brazil-Uruguay semifinal clash
Uruguay's Cristian Rodriguez (left) and Brazil's Oscar fight it out at the Confederations Cup semifinal match at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Spainish goalkeeper Victor Valdes (left) deflects a ball during the match against Nigeria at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Mexicans rejoice after scoring against Japan
Teammates congratulate Javier Hernandez after he scored Mexico's first goal against Japan at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Nigeria's Ahmed Musa (right) is challenged by Uruguay's Martin Caceres in a Confederations Cup group match at Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador, Brazil.
Japan's Eiji Kawashima deflects a ball in a match against Italy at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil.
Brazil versus Mexico
Mexico's Gerardo Torrado (left) challenges Brazil's Neymar ina Confederations Cup group match at Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil.