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Brazil Wins FIFA Confederations Cup
Brazil thrills fans in final against US
Gabriel Fuhrmann Tranquilli Barbosa (gabriel89)     Print Article 
Published 2009-06-30 04:03 (KST)   
After five matches, Brazil won the FIFA Confederations Cup for the second year in a row, beating the United States in the great final by 3-2.

In the first stage, Brazil beat Egypt by 4-3, and both the US and the current world champion Italy by 3-0. At the end of the first stage, Brazil and US qualified for the semifinals. Brazil confronted South Africa and US played against the current European champion Spain.

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Everyone was expecting a great final between Brazil and Spain, as both were considered the best teams in the championship, but the semifinals would impress everyone. South Africa played a hard match against Brazil. The match was scoreless until 42 minutes into the second half, but Daniel Alves entered the field to shoot the free kick and score the winning goal.

The match between Spain and US was also impressive. The US had already surprised everyone by qualifying for the semifinals in a group that also had Brazil and Italy, but no one would expect the team to beat Spain by 2-0 with amazing plays from the goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Watch the goals of US 2-0 Spain

Watch the goal of Brazil 1-0 South Africa

The great final also reserved surprises for the fans. Obviously the crowd was expecting an easy game for Brazil, as the two teams had already played against US in the first stage and easily won by 3-0, but at nine minutes of the first half, Dempsey showed that this time it would not be that easy and scored the first goal for the US.

With 20 minutes left to the end of the first half, Donovan scored the second goal after an amazing counter attack and the first half ended 2-0 for the US.

Brazil would have to play its best in the second half to get back to the game and it did it. Only 40 seconds into the second half, Luis Fabiano scored Brazil's first goal, its fourth in the competition, and that was it, Brazil was back in the game.

At 12 minutes into the second half, a header from Kaka was met with a great save by Howard. It could have been a goal for Brazil if the referee had seen that Howard defended after the ball cross the goal line. Brazil didn셳 really feel the referee셲 mistake. At the 30 minute mark of the second half, Kaka did a great play on the left side and crossed to Robinho, his shot hit the bar, the rebound was caught by Luis Fabiano that scored with a great header, 2-2.

Now there were 15 minutes left to Brazil or US to try to win the game and the championship. The US chose to defend and Brazil chose to score the winning goal. With five minutes left to the end of the game, a corner by Elano and a header for the captain Lucio, Brazil 3-2.

That셲 it! Brazil became the champion of FIFA Confederations Cup.

Watch the highlights of the great final

Now Brazil is the national squad with the most wins of the Confederations Cup: 1997, 2005 and 2009. Kaka was considered the best player of the championship, and Luis Fabiano was the top scorer and second best player of the championship. The captain Lucio won the FIFA fair play award.
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