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Football

Spain defiant in defeat, vow to return
Reuters
Rio de Janeiro, July 02, 2013
First Published: 00:03 IST(2/7/2013)
Last Updated: 00:07 IST(2/7/2013)

Spain's 3-0 reverse to Brazil in the Confederations Cup final was a mere "blip" and they will be back in Brazil next year confidently chasing a second straight World Cup triumph, according to forward Fernando Torres.

The Spanish had a miserable night at a festive Maracana stadium on Sunday, as Sergio Ramos missed a second-half penalty and fellow defender Gerard Pique was sent off with just over 20 minutes left for bringing down Neymar.

"Everybody thinks that Spain should win every match and reach every final but it's not as easy as that," the Chelsea striker, who won the tournament's Golden Shoe award, said.

"If there is something positive to be taken from the match, it's this: it's confirmed something that we already knew, that it's not going to be easy to beat Brazil on their own patch.

"That said, in one year's time we'll be back here as world champions to defend what's ours."

The defeat ended Spain's record run of 29 unbeaten competitive matches going back to a 1-0 loss to Switzerland at the 2010 World Cup and Torres said it served as a useful reminder that "you can't win all the time"

"We must congratulate Brazil because they showed that they know how to play against Spain," Ramos told reporters.

"We have won a lot of important titles and one day, the moment has to arrive when you don't win. We aren't machines. Our conscience is clear because we gave the best we had."

Looking ahead
Spain top European World Cup qualification Group I by a point from France after five matches and play their remaining three games away to Finland in September and at home to Belarus and Georgia in October.

Securing a place at next year's finals should be a formality and Torres said the players were already looking forward to another crack at Brazil.

"Football is great for that, because you always get another chance," he said.

"One year from now, hopefully we'll be here and have a chance to make up for today, not necessarily to gain revenge on Brazil, but for our own sake.

"We're world champions and two-time European champions and have achieved something that no other team has ever done: won three major tournaments in a row."


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