RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The Associated Press is following events in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. The Confederations Cup final between Spain and Brazil kicks off at 7 p.m. local time (2200 GMT). Follow this live feed for updates:
Brazil captain Thiago Silva has his hands on the Confederations Cup trophy, and he’s holding it over his head. And that essentially signals the end of the competition and the start of the team’s celebrations. They will certainly be enjoying their accomplishment tonight, and with the World Cup coming back to Brazil next year, they will more likely be celebrating for the next 12 months.
Suited FIFA officials ran around anxiously at the start of the Confederations Cup final as the obvious smell of tear gas wafted across the Maracana stadium, writes Simon Haydon. A protest by several thousand people a couple of hundred yards (meters) away had come to a sudden end as police flooded the area with gas. Volunteers and stadium workers felt the effects as the gas drifted past them. One woman wore a mask and another worker dabbed her eyes with a wet cloth. Fortunately, the gas did not seem to infiltrate the stadium, where more than 70,000 people were watching Brazil play in the final of the Confederations Cup. FIFA was not immediately available for comment.
Now that Brazil has won its fourth Confederations Cup title, it may be worthwhile to remember that no current champion of the warm-up tournament has ever gone on to win the subsequent World Cup. We’ll have to wait just over a year to see if that streak will continue.
THANKING THE FANS
Brazil’s players have been roaming from one side of the field to the other, showing their appreciation to the fans. They should. The fans at the Maracana Stadium were incredible, cheering and screaming for their team every step of the way as they completely outplayed Spain to win their fourth title at the World Cup warm-up tournament.
IT’S OVER, BRAZIL WINS