Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas admitted that the 3-0 Confederations Cup final defeat to Brazil was one that hurt.
“Brazil deserved their victory,” Casillas told reporters afterwards, whilst also conceding he was ‘comforted’ by the fact that no Confederations Cup holder has ever gone on to win the World Cup the following year.
“We know it’s a trophy that has nothing to do with a World Cup or European Championship but it hurts to lose 3-0,” he continued.
“Brazil played really well and sometimes you lose, there’s no getting round it, so we now need to get our heads up.
“They were very good but they also had a lot of factors in their favour: the opening goal in the first minute, the second in the 44th and the third two minutes into the second half.
“We were almost able to draw level when we had a clear-cut opportunity, but David Luiz cleared it off the line.
“Then, to top it all, we got a penalty and missed it.”