The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup brought some of the most exciting international football of the summer, and it culminated in two matches Sunday that lived up to the lofty expectations.
Uruguay and Italy faced off in the third-place match, and despite the teams playing for nothing more than bragging rights, we still saw one of the most exciting matches of the tournament.
But everything led up to Spain and Brazil, as the two world football giants squared off for the championship. A final that was expected to come down to the wire ended up being a one-sided affair.
Let's take a look at the results from Day 10 of the Confederations Cup, as well as the best highlights from the two final matches.
Italy Beats Uruguay on Penalty Kicks, 3-2
Both Italy and Uruguay didn't have anything to play for other than bragging rights in Sunday's third-place match, but you couldn't tell that by the type of thriller they put on.
In the end, the Italians were able to better the Uruguayans by way of a penalty shootout, which Italy won 4-2 after both squads finished 120 minutes tied at 2-2.
Uruguay got off to a less-than-stellar start after an Italian shot deflected off the post, hitting the back of goalkeeper Fernando Muslera before dribbling into the net for the match's first goal.
However, striker Edinson Cavani proved his worth in the transfer window with a dominant performance. His first of two goals on the day was an equalizer off an angled shot in the 58th minute.
Then, Italy pulled ahead again with a strike of a free kick from Alessandro Diamanti that you can see below (courtesy 101 Great Goals).
Cavani's second goal, another equalizer, was a beautiful 30-yard free kick to tie things up and send it to extra time (GIF courtesy Balls.ie).
Neither team could score in the extra time, leaving things up to penalty kicks which Italy won 4-2. Diego Forlan couldn't get his opening shot past, which left Uruguay in a hole during the entire shootout.
Although it didn't end with a championship, Italy showed up well to Brazil for the Confederations Cup. They were really one miss in the penalty shootout against Spain from being in the final, and played their game against world-class opponents even without Mario Balotelli at times.
Brazil Dominates Spain in Final, 3-0
The host country of Brazil staked their claim as a world power in international football with a dominating 3-0 performance against Spain to win the Confederations Cup.
Brazil got off to a quick start, attacking the penalty box early on and producing an early goal off a rebound from Fred, who shot it while lying on the ground after being knocked down in front of goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
That gave Brazil a 1-0 lead, but Spain looked far from out of it as they continued to attack Brazil's defense.
They nearly got their equalizer early on in the second half, and it took a magnificent effort play from Brazilian defender David Luiz to keep the team's lead intact (GIF per 101 Great Goals).
Brazil's young star must've been inspired by the effort play. Neymar took that time to make his mark on the match, taking a run off the left side and firing it right past Casillas for the 2-0 lead.
Not long after, Fred scored his second goal of the match and one that would end the scoring in what was a thrilling tournament. He put Brazil up 3-0 with the finish that you can see below (courtesy 101 Great Goals).
The Spanish national team may have come into Sunday's championship match with tired legs after a 120-minute spectacle that ended in penalty kicks, and that surely looked to be the case. Brazil were more aggressive offensively, and seemed to be in control of everything on the pitch.
Many were wondering how this young Brazil team would react to playing against quality competition such as Spain and Italy in this tournament, and they answered their critics by refusing to lose throughout the whole event.
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