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US defeat Spain in Confederations Cup upset

25/6/2009
While America can claim to be a worldwide force in many sports, soccer is not one that immediately springs to the top of the list. For one night at least though, the US team were world-beaters, having ousted European champions Spain from the Confederations Cup.

The game, which finished 2-0, is the first loss that the Spanish national side have endured in 36 games. With a side that contains Liverpool striker Fernando Torres and playmakers Cesc Fabregas and David Villa, the enormity of the task for the US side was evident before kick off. However, what the Americans produced was a determination and grit that weren’t on show in their earlier group stage games. Despite strong pressure from the Spanish, it was the US who took the lead after 27 minutes, Jozy Altidore turning Joan Capdevilla before slotting home from 15 yards. Fulham’s Clint Dempsey added second after 73 minutes, converting after a lapse in concentration from Sergio Ramos.

"It's exciting, a great team effort. To beat an amazing team like Spain and make the final, it's big," said an understandably delighted Bob Bradley.

The US captain Carlos Bocanegra has called for the glimpses of quality to be converted into more success at international level. "I think it just shows that we can compete with the best. Now we need to do it on a consistent basis," said Bocanegra.

Betting for outright winner, Confederations Cup:

Brazil 3/10 (Boylesports)
USA 7/2 (Bet365)
South Africa 20/1 (888sport)
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