CAVALIERI: 2013 FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP EXAMINED
Diego Cavalieri was in the Brazil squad as they defeated Spain to win the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup on home soil. Cavalieri was one of three goalkeepers in the Brazil squad to the tournament. Diego Cavalieri was on the payroll of Fluminense in the Brazilian league at the time and joined in the 23-man Brazil squad by fellow goalkeepers Julio Cesar and Jefferson.
Cavalieri and Brazil were drawn in the same group as Italy, Mexico and Japan in Group A. In their first group game, Brazil thrashed Japan 3-0 with star player Neymar getting one of the goals. He gave Brazil the lead in the third minute before midfielder Paulinho doubled the lead at the start of the second half. The second Brazil goal was also scored in the third minute of the second half. Striker Jo sealed the win in stoppage time.
Diego Cavalieri and Brazil made it two wins from two Group A games when they defeated Mexico 2-0 courtesy the goals from Neymar and Jo either side of the interval. The two goalscorers made it two goals in two games having been on the scoresheet during their opener against Japan. The Brazilians finished their campaign in Group A with a perfect record after beating Italy 4-2 thanks to the brace from Fred. Neymar and Dante also scored for Brazil.
In the semifinals, Paulinho scored four minutes from time to give Brazil a 2-1 win over Uruguay. The slim victory over fellow South American nation Uruguay ensured that Brazil will contest the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup final with European champions Spain who saw off Italy on penalties after they played goalless at the end of 120 minutes.
Diego Cavalieri didn’t play any of the Brazil games including the final which was won 3-0 through goals from striker Fred (brace) and Neymar.