Brazil Fightback to Defeat Defiant United States in Confederations Cup Final
The footballing fairytale that has been the USA’s journey through the Confederations Cup couldn’t have the dream ending last night, as the US saw a 2-0 half time lead evaporate into a 3-2 loss at full time against Brazil.
The tournament has been a huge success for the US side, but with a two-goal lead at the midway point, there was almost one more chapter in the most unlikely of tales. Clint Dempsey opened the scoring after volleyed in a beautiful cross from Jonathon Spector on the right hand wing. The second came after a break from a Brazilian attack. Landon Donovan and Charlie Davies went two-on-two with the defence and Donovan converted with a left-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area.
Brazil tried to get a goal back before half time but a mix of resilient defending and great goalkeeping by Tim Howard kept the score at 2-0. A Luis Fabiano strike early in the second half began the fightback, and as the US started to suffer from tired legs, it was only a matter of time before they conceded an equaliser. Eventually Luis Fabiano had the time to power in his second of the game before a late-rising Lucio headed in an Elano corner to snatch a 3-2 victory.