Monday, June 29, 2009

Brazil Win Confederations Cup

Defending champions Brazil fought back in the second half of the final
to retain the Confederations Cup title.

They beat the United States 3-2 to win the Cup for the third time running.

United States shocked the European champions Spain in the semi-finals,
who looked all set to upset defending champions Brazil when goals by
Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan put them 2-0 ahead at half-time.

The US goalkeeper Tim Howard produced several good saves before
striker Luis Fabiano took his tournament tally to five in five games
when he scored just after the restart and equalised in the 74th

Brazil's captain Lucio clinched the final goal when he rose superbly
to head home an Elano corner six minutes from time.

"That defeat really hurt. I'm extremely proud of my players, but it
still feels pretty lousy to let this one get away. I hope though that
people around the world see we have good team and great players and it
is a big step forward," said USA coach Bob Bradley after the match.

A jubilant Brazil coach Dunga said: "Even after we went 2-0 down the
team was still sure of itself. We told them at half-time to play down
the wings, keep patient. We did that, we have been together for 29
days and we were determined to win it. We showed a high level of

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