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Five of the best: Confederations Cup free-kicks

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Brazil celebrated a comprehensive 3-0 victory over reigning world and European champions Spain, to claim a third consecutive Confederations Cup title at the Maracana on Sunday evening.

The five-time world champions ended Spain's 29-game winning streak in competitive matches - spanning more than three years - in emphatic fashion last night, with two goals from Fred and one from Neymar helping coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's side lift the trophy.

Spain's first competitive defeat since their 2010 World Cup opener against Switzerland will have been difficult to take, particularly as it also marked the first time that La Roja have lost a competitive game by three goals since April 1985, when they lost 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier against Wales.

Brazil remain unbeaten in 57 consecutive competitive matches at home, with their last defeat coming back in 1975, and as they look ahead to next year's World Cup - which they are hosting - they will aim to become the first ever reigning Confederations Cup champions to win football's most prestigious prize the following year.

Looking back, the 2013 Confederations Cup provided a number of memorable moments with some scintillating goals and a host of the world's best players showcasing their skills. 

It will also be remembered as the tournament of the beautiful free-kick, with no fewer than five incredible set-piece strikes taking place, from the group stages right the way through to the third place play-off between Uruguay and Italy on Saturday.

Luis Suarez, Andrea Pirlo and Neymar each scored sensational free-kicks in the early stages of the competition, while Edinson Cavani and Alessandro Diamanti offered a couple of net-nuggets in the same game in the knockout phase.

Watch footage of the five best Confederations Cup free-kick goals in the video below - with thanks to 101greatgoals.com - and leave a comment with your favourite effort in the comment box provided!

 

 

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