Brazil’s comeback just Fab to lift Confed Trophy

The mark of a true champion is triumph against adversity - and Brazil showed exactly that this evening, after coming back from two goals down against the USA to clinch the Confederations Cup.

Having already ended world champions Spain’s colossal unbeaten streak in the semi finals, the USA had already firmly established themselves as the suprise package in South Africa  and looked set to tear up the form book again, racing into a two-goal lead within 25 minutes of the final.

Widely seen as the underdogs against the team that had beaten them 3-0 in the group stages of the competition, the USA had a dream start after just ten minutes when they took the lead with their first attack of the game.

After withstanding some heavy pressure from their illustrious South American opponents, the USA established a foothold in the game and went ahead when striker Clint Dempsey got the faintest of touches on Jonathan Spector’s cross, just managing to deflect it past Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

Clint Dempsey scored the USA’s opening goal

The goal served to act as a wake-up call for Brazil, who three times went close to equalising after Kaka laid on gilt-edged chances for Robinho, Felipe Melo and Maicon - only for Tim Howard in the US goal to deny them every time. Brazil’s profligacy was punished again on 25 minutes, when an incisive US breakaway saw Landon Donovan exchange passes with Charlie Davies before expertly steering the ball past Cesar and into the corner of the net.

The US were in dreamland at half time but football, as perhaps the most famous of clichés goes, is a game of two halves and Brazil found a way back into it under 60 seconds into the second period; Luis Fabiano the goalscorer, firing past Howard on the turn.

With the momentum now firmly in Brazil’s favour, Everton ‘keeper Howard was fortunate when Kaka’s header was not given as a goal, despite the ball being over the line when Howard pushed it to safety.

With a quarter of an hour to go, however, Fabiano made amends by pulling his side level with his second of the game. Kaka again proved instrumental, setting up Robinho whose shot hit the underside of the bar, falling nicely for Fabiano who gratefully accepted the invitation to head the ball home.

Kaka: The tournament’s best player. Apparently.

The turnaround in fortunes deflated the US and visably buoyed their opponents, and it was no suprise when Brazil scored the winner with just six minutes of time remaining. Captain Lucio rose powerfully to head home Elano’s corner, sealing the game and the tournament for Brazil.

After receiving their medals and watching Lucio lift the Confederations Cup trophy, the two finalists then shared the tournament’s honours - Luis Fabiano winning both the top scorer’s Golden Boot and Silver Ball for the tournament’s second best player, finishing just behind Kaka who won the Golden Ball for the best player.

The USA’s Clint Dempsey was the tournament’s third best player, winning the Bronze Ball, and team-mate Tim Howard won the Golden Glove award for best goalkeeper.

One Response to “Brazil’s comeback just Fab to lift Confed Trophy”

  1. trophy cups Says:

    Brazil are awesome, they must come back.

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