Sergio Ramos says Spain’s national team have a ‘clear conscience’ and tried their best in their Confederations Cup final defeat to Brazil.
Brazil claimed their third consecutive Confederations Cup title on Sunday thanks to a brace from Fred, who scored in the opening two minutes of both halves, while Neymar hit the back of the net just before half-time.
Sunday’s result was Spain’s first defeat in a competitive fixture since a 1-0 loss to Switzerland at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa but despite having seen a 29-game unbeaten streak come to an end, Ramos played down the result, arguing they had to lose one day.
“We have gained a lot of important achievements and one day, the moment has to arrive when you don’t win,” Ramos told Spanish newspaper AS.
“We aren’t robots.
“Our conscience is clear because we gave the best we had.”
Ramos, who missed a penalty in the 54th minute at the Maracana, also downplayed his failure to score.
When the 27-year-old defender strode to the spot following Marcelo’s trip on Jesus Navas in the penalty area, it raised plenty of eyebrows in Rio de Janeiro with the likes of Andres Iniesta and Xavi available and Ramos’ decision became even more dubious when he struck his spot-kick into the post and wide, effectively ending any slim chance of a comeback from Spain.
“As I say, some days, things just don’t go your way,” Ramos said.
“I felt confident.
“I waited until the last moment to see where the ‘keeper would dive and I tried to plant it into the bottom corner but the ball went wide.
“It’s one of those things that happen in football, you can’t always win.”
Spain head coach Vicente Del Bosque said Brazil were ‘a little bit lucky’ to score early in both halves but maintained the hosts were ‘deserved winners’.
“They maybe were a little bit lucky with their goals at the start of the first and the second halves,” Del Bosque said.
“But I will not make excuses for our loss.
“Brazil are the deserved winners and we have to congratulate them.”