Agence France-PresseJune 30, 2013 18:31
Protesters clashed with police near Rio's iconic Maracana stadium Sunday, only minutes before the start of the Brazil-Spain final of the Confederations Cup, AFP correspondents reported.
The confrontation started when some of the demonstrators hurled stones at police who responded by firing tear gas, they added.
A few minutes later, the match got under way in a climax to the two-week Confederations Cup, a dry run for next year's World Cup.
Pandemonium broke out inside the hallowed arena when Brazil opened the score, with a goal by Fred in the first minute.