Brazil wins FIFA Confederations Cup final, defeats USA 3–2

Monday, June 29, 2009

28 June 2009
United States ' Brazil Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
Referee: Martin Hansson (Sweden)
Dempsey Scored after 10 minutes 10'
Donovan Scored after 27 minutes 27'
Report Fabiano Scored after 46 minutes 46' Scored after 74 minutes 74'
Lúcio Scored after 84 minutes 84'
Lúcio's goal (83') helped clinch the Brazilian's comeback victory.
Image: Bernd Schrade.

After being down 2–0 at halftime, Brazil defeated the United States 3–2 in the final round of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, claiming their third FIFA Confederations Cup finals victory.

The match was held at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg, South Africa. The FIFA Confederations Cup has been held there as a prelude to next year's 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The United States made its first appearance in any FIFA men's tournament final while Brazil made its fourth appearance in a Confederations Cup final (after 1997, 1999 and 2005). The victory may result in Brazil claiming the top position in FIFA's world football rankings.

The United States, the CONCACAF Gold Cup champions, qualified for the match by defeating Spain in the semifinal round by a score of 2–0, just days after nearly being eliminated from the tournament. Brazil qualified for the match by defeating South Africa 1–0 last Thursday in the second semifinal match. Brazil was the defending Confederations Cup champion having won in 2005 and winners of five World Cups.

Early goals by Clint Dempsey (10') and Landon Donovan (27') gave the United States a commanding 2–0 lead at halftime. Brazil quickly retaliated with two goals by Luís Fabiano (46' and 73') in the second half to tie the game. A goal by Lúcio (83') helped seal the comeback victory for the Brazilians while the team controlled the clock for the remaining ten minutes.

Eight saves by USA goalkeeper Tim Howard helped stifle the Brazilian offense for most of the match until the latter end of the match. Brazil attempted 24 shots with 11 on goal while USA attempted 8 with 4 on goal.

In other news, Spain defeated South Africa in the tournament's third place match 3–2.