Spain Aims For Hat-Trick

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Fermando Torres netted four goals against Tahiti earlier in the tournament. Image courtesy of skysports.com
Arguably the two most entertaining teams in world football go head-to-head at the Confederations Cup final on Monday morning (AEST) as the host nation Brazil tries to collect its fourth title against a Spain side which currently holds both the World and European Cups.

Spain had to do it the hard way beating Italy 7-6 on penalties. The stingy Italians held the Spaniards at bay for 120 minutes on the pitch, but Leonardo Bonucci’s missed penalty allowed Jesus Navas to seal the win for Vincent del Bosque’s team. The match was a far cry from last year’s Euro final where Spain thumped Italy 4-0 .

The world’s No. 1 ranked team will have one less day to prepare for the decider, and that match against the Italians was played in energy-sapping heat and humidity. Brazil didn’t have it all its own way against fellow South Americans Uruguay, but a late goal from Paulinho gave them a 2-1 victory in normal time.

These countries have met eight times before, with Brazil winning on four occasions and Spain coming up trumps twice. Despite their lofty standings, the last time the teams clashed was in a friendly in 1999.

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