06/30/2013 06:40 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Fred Goal vs. Spain: Brazil Takes Early 1-0 Lead, Neymar Doubles En Route To 3-0 Win (VIDEO)

It may not have been the best example of Brazil's famous "jogo bonito" but that didn't seem to bother anyone wearing yellow at the Maracana.

In just the second minute of the Confederations Cup Final, Fred bundled home an unlikely opening goal during a scramble in front Iker Casillas' net. A cross from embattled Brazilian forward Hulk eluded Casillas and Spanish defenders Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique. The ball unexpectedly dropped to Neymar, taking a deflection of his lower right leg. It then appeared to bounce up into Busquets' hand. Having fallen to the turf amid the grappling for the ball, Fred then had the presence of mind to knock the ball into the back of the net with his right foot as Casillas dove for it.


According to ESPN Stats & Info, Spain had not conceded a goal in its previous 811 minutes of knockout play. The reigning World Cup Champions would concede another goal in less than 45 minutes.

In the 44th minute of the first half, Neymar took a pass from Oscar just inside the penalty area. Running on to Oscar's pass, Neymar blasted a right-footed shot past Casillas to double the host's advantage.

WATCH: Neymar Scores For Brazil

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The Selecao would get off to an equally blistering start to the second half. Once again, Fred was the man of the moment. The 29-year-old forward adding his second goal of the game in the second minute of the second half.

WATCH: Fred Scores Again For Brazil

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