Confederations Cup

June 28, 2009

Full-time

United States

2 - 3

Brazil

Confederations Cup

18:30 +00:00, June 28, 2009

Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburgo

Referee: Hansson, Martin (SWE)

  • 93'

    That said, Dunga is nowhere close to extracting the maximum from his team, and seems stubborn enough to perhaps prevent himself from ever doing so.

  • 93'

    Credit to both teams for what was a decent game. USA started well and scored an outstanding goal, but couldn't live with Brazil when they got going. Had USA managed to hang on for a little longer into the second half then they may well have managed a result, but Brazil deserved the win.

  • 93'

    FULL TIME: USA 2-3 BRAZIL

  • 93'

    Fabiano wins a free kick wide on the right.

  • 92'

    USA can't get the ball. This is, like, so over.

  • 91'

    Sensible play from Robinho, holding possession well.

  • 90'

    Howard about to boot the ball forward for possibly the last time. 3 minutes added time.

  • 89'

    Of course I mean Kaka's curling shot, rather than the rollers he puts in his hair at night.

  • 89'

    Good play from Alves and Kaka down the Brazilian right, before Kaka's curler drifts well past the back post.

  • 88'

    Good ball in from Donovan, and Onyewu jumps well, but sends a powerful header over the bar. Unlikely USA will get a better chance than that.

  • 87'

    Lucio concedes a corner. Casey replaces Clark.

  • 86'

    Spector fouls Alves close to halfway.

  • 84'

    Good corner from Elano, swinging out from the right, and Lucio, beating Dempsey to the ball, clatters a header past Howard.

  • 84'

    USA 2-3 BRAZIL

  • 83'

    Great ball into Fabiano from Alves, but although his control is good, it won't drop quickly enough for him to get a decent shot in. The ball then finds its way to Fabiano again, and DeMerit does well to block.

  • 83'

    Luisao catches Davies in the box, but no penalty is given.

  • 82'

    Kaka gets away in space but can't capitalise. He sends the ball back to Robinho, who tries a shot from 20 yards running across the face of the area, but it's over the top.

  • 81'

    Bornstein collects a loose ball 30 yards from goal, and attempts to play in Dempsey, who'd have been one-on-one, but the pass is intercepted. He gets it back, but his subsequent shot is poor.

  • 80'

    Lovely interchange between Kaka and Robinho, before Kaka's touch is too heavy to release Alves.

  • 79'

    Excellent ball in from Donovan, that Cesar claims very well.

  • 79'

    Melo is penalised for clattering Donovan from behind when challenging for an aerial ball.

  • 78'

    Kaka takes the ball on his chest, but drags his attempted shot wide from 30 yards.

  • 76'

    Two changes for USA; Feilhaber and Altidore off, Bornstein and Kljestan on. Dempsey is now playing up front.

  • 73'

    Incredible acceleration from Kaka down the left, leaving Spector huffing and puffing. His low cross takes a slight deflection and falls perfectly for Robinho, but he misses embarrassingly, hitting the bar. Luckily for him, Fabiano is there to head home the loose ball.

  • 73'

    GOAL! USA 2-2 BRAZIL

  • 73'

    Dempsey works it wide to Davies, whose cross is cut out. USA have been better in the last ten.

  • 73'

    Melo, with very little on, shoots from distance, wide of the left-hand post.

  • 72'

    Elano loses the ball looking for Maicon and Davies is only robbed by Luisao's last ditch tackle.

  • 72'

    Maicon's cross is backheaded away by DeMerit. Alves wastes the loose ball.

  • 71'

    Onyewu plays Fabiano on, and when he's found, Howard gets uot quickly and well, to smother the shot. Fabiano should have scored though.

  • 70'

    Lucio tries to start a charge forward and is pulled back. He then gobs off at the referee and is booked. The free kick is then given the other way.

  • 67'

    Amazing pass from Elano to Ales, but his touch was poor. Perhaps he'd be less cumbersome were he not dressed for a cold day on Pluto.

  • 67'

    Alves on for Santos and Elano on for Ramires.

  • 66'

    Nice from USA. Clark's ball bisected two defenders and Dempsey's shot was pushed behind for a corner.

  • 65'

    USA get some possession and work it well to Donovan after clever work from Davies. Cesar parries his shot well away from goal.

  • 65'

    Onyewu - who's had an excellent tournament - heads away yet another Maicon cross.

  • 64'

    Good cross from Robinho on the left, and Onyewu does enough to stop Gilberto from getting to it.

  • 63'

    Cross to the far posr from Maicon, but Lucio, Gilberto and Ramires get in each other's way.

  • 63'

    Well punched clear by Howard.

  • 62'

    Corner to Brazil.

  • 62'

    USA need to change something, because Brazil are dominating. Perhaps putting another manin midfield.

  • 62'

    That wasn't even close - the ball was well in.

  • 60'

    Very good save from Howard. Robinho finds Santos on the left, his cross to the back post is excellent, and Kaka heads it down, but Howard is up against his near post to push the ball uot off the post. Replays are now showing that the ball was over the line.

  • 60'

    Very odd that Pato is still sitting on the bench. There's none so blind as those who will not see.

  • 59'

    All Brazil at the moment.

  • 58'

    Almost the equaliser. Decent corner and Lucio, having peeled away at the back post, gets his header on target, but Howard saves and Gilberto can't convert the follow-up.

  • 58'

    Kaka gets a yard fee of Spector, but the right back recovers well and slide in to concede a corner.

  • 57'

    Maicon gets free on the right and shows great pace to manage to send a cross over, but Howard parries and then gathers.

  • 56'

    Robinho fouls Spector.

  • 56'

    Lucio's shot hits the wall.

  • 55'

    Kaka tries to feed in Robinho in the inside left channel, unsuccessfully. The ref pulls play back, though, for Feilhaber's foul on Kaka.

  • 55'

    Kaka tries to feed in Robinho in the inside left channel, unsuccessfully. The ref pulls play back, though, for Feilhaber's foul on Kaka.

  • 54'

    Maicon's free kick is useless and headed away easily.

  • 53'

    Good skill from Donovan and good pace from Davies, but he picks the wrong option. The game is warming up nicely now.

  • 52'

    Donovan breaks quickly and finds Davis,who tries to chip the ball over Santos to play in Dempsey, but can't get quite enough height.

  • 51'

    Robinho gives away a foul and wanders off mumbling inanities to himself. He really is a snivelling little wimp.

  • 50'

    Feilhaber shows good pace to get free on the left of the area and get round the back, but when he comes to cut it back from the byline, he's got no one to aim at.

  • 49'

    USA will be furious about the concession of that goal. DeMerit was probably a little close to Fabiano, but the rest of the defenders weren't really paying attention.

  • 48'

    Kaka tried to barge through, but is crowded out.

  • 46'

    Superb finish from Fabiano. Maicon feeds the ball into him, on the edge of the box with his back to goal, and he controls it before turning hitting it low and hard enough to beat Howard to his left.

  • 46'

    GOAL! USA 2-1 BRAZIL

  • 46'

    USA kick off.

  • 45'

    No changes at half time. I'd be surprised that Brazil hadn't, were it clear that Dunga doesn't like using subs.

  • 45'

    Brazil have played better than they did against South Africa, but still not very well. USA have been every bit as good as they were against Spain.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: USA 2-0 BRAZIL

  • 45'

    Great cross from Maicon and even better defending from Bocanegra, whose touch prevented Fabiano from getting on the end of it.

  • 45'

    Kaka - not for the first time in this tournament - appeared to swing an elbow, this time at Feilhaber.

  • 45'

    Better corner from Robinho, but not enough men attacking it.

  • 45'

    Melo takes aim from distance and Onyewu makes sure it goes behind by getting a deflection.

  • 44'

    Santos's low cross is kicked away by Onyewu.

  • 44'

    Ramires finds some space in the middle of the pitch, but his pass is weak.

  • 43'

    Snappy passing from Brazil, and the ball reaches Maicon, but he elects to shoot, curling the ball wide with the outside of his right boot.

  • 42'

    Good header away from Onyewu to clear Maicon's cross.

  • 41'

    Robinho receives the ball on the left of the penatly area, and while Spector is preparing himself to block the cross, he changes the angle slightly and whips in a shot that Howard saves well.

  • 40'

    Ramires charges back to foul Feilhaber for no reason, and then flaps his hands in midguided consternation.

  • 40'

    Dempsey cleverly finds Spector, and his cross is turned away.

  • 39'

    The drag back to Melo is messed up, allowing USA to close down and break.

  • 38'

    Donovan brings Fabiano down, somehow avoiding a booking. Free kick almost 40 yards out, dead centre.

  • 37'

    The corner, from the left this time, is easy for the keeper.

  • 37'

    Donovan takes the free kick from the right, hit towards Dempsey, and Gilberto is forced to head behind.

  • 36'

    Altidore Cruyff turns/bustles past Santos, who brings him down, resulting in the inevitable yellow card.

  • 34'

    Great save Howard. Robinho, on the left touchline, fools the defender and plays in Santos, who bursts past his man and shoots straight at Howard, down by his near post.

  • 33'

    Robinho slides a ball round the corner to Ramires, but his touch is heavy. If Brazil don't get a goal back before half time, they should have him off and get Pato on.

  • 32'

    Brazil are beginning to bitch.

  • 32'

    Donovan wins a throw off Maicon.

  • 31'

    Feilhaber has done a good job replacing Bradley so far.

  • 29'

    So now we'll see what Brazil have got. So far, it hasn't looked like very much. The last two games have also highlighted how rubbish Italy are, who Brazil thumped last week.

  • 26'

    Brilliant, brilliant goal. Another useless corner from Brazil, wayward pass from Robinho is cut out by Donovan and he finds Davies immediately. Davies sprints down the left hand side and finds Donovan with a return pass, which he drills past Cesar with his left foot, to the keeper's left.

  • 26'

    GOAL! USA 2-0 BRAZIL

  • 26'

    Maicon is looking dangerous. Gets free on the right, feeds Kaka who passes back with a backheel, and then cutting in from the byline he bangs the ball at Howard, who turns it behind.

  • 25'

    Good, hard, low shot from 20 yards by Melo, which is straight at Friedel. Melo is then booked, although for what is unclear.

  • 25'

    Another cross from Maicon, which DeMerit missed, but Robinho cuouldn't capitalise.

  • 23'

    Kaka's ball is midjudged by DeMerit, but USA clear anyway.

  • 23'

    Robinho and Kaka attempt a one-two, which gets them nowhere.

  • 22'

    Gereat tackle on Kaka by Feilhaber.

  • 22'

    Good ball in that Onyewu took away from Fabiano with a crucial header.

  • 20'

    USA are defending fairly deep, which means that Brazil are being forced wide. This means that DeMerit and Onyewu have time to see the crosses coming and to clear. Brazil need to quicken up their paasing and movement in the middle of the pitch.

  • 19'

    Yellow card for Bocanegra for holding Kaka by the waist as he tried to break. I wonder how much Kaka's dad earned for that particular piece of action.

  • 18'

    Donovan's free kick is headed into the air by Lucio, before being cleared properly.

  • 18'

    Altidore is knocked over by a combination of Santon and Luisao.

  • 17'

    Melo's long ball is easy for DeMerit. Outjumping Robinho is not difficult.

  • 15'

    Melo finds Maicon and his cross is dangerous, but when it falls to Kaka on the left side of the area, he has nothing on - in terms of men to pass to, rather than being naked.

  • 14'

    Deep corner to the far post from Donovan and Onyewu wins the header, but USA can't quite get a proper strike on the loose ball.

  • 13'

    From one end to the other. Another wasted corner and the US break with Davis, who had he gone down under Ramires's wild tackle might have won a penalty.

  • 12'

    Great turn by Kaka in the middle of the pitch 50 yards from goal, feeds Robinho to his left, and his low curling shot is tipped round the right-hand post by Howard.

  • 10'

    Excellent ball in from Spector on the right, still quite a long way from goal, but Gilberto and Lucio had lost Dempsey, who contrived sufficient contact to send it on its way past Julio Cesar from twelve yards, beating him at the far post.

  • 10'

    GOAL! USA 1-0 BRAZIL

  • 8'

    The pitch is whack.

  • 7'

    Better corner this time, aimed at Kaka at the near post, but he couldn't get far enough across it, so headed well wide.

  • 7'

    Better corner this time, aimed at Kaka at the near post, but he couldn't get far enough across it, so headed well wide.

  • 7'

    Dempsey clears behind his own goal defending another Maicon cross.

  • 6'

    Headed away by Altidore, rubbish cross.

  • 6'

    Maicon's cross forces DeMerit to concede a corner on the right.

  • 5'

    Maicon finds Kaka on the right, who takes a touch, but Onyewu gets in to put the ball out.

  • 5'

    Santos cuts out DeMerit's long ball.

  • 4'

    Julio Cesar is wearing so many layers he looks like the Michelin Man. It's not that cold, what a softie.

  • 3'

    Maicon tries to find Fabiano with a long ball along the touchline, but he can't reach it.

  • 3'

    Dempsey picks up the ball 30 yards out and central, but drags his shot wide.

  • 2'

    Kaka has a brief second of space on the left, but he's forced to pass sideways.

  • 1'

    Melo - who had a stinker in the semi - concedes a throw.

  • 1'

    Brazil kick off.

  •  

    Lucio has already started shouting. Prior to this tournament, I'm not sure I realised what a mouth he is.

  •  

    Brazil coach Dunga doesn't seem, to me, to have cracked the job yet. Ramires isn't good enough, and he needs to find a way of getting more from Kaka and Robinho, who have flitted in and out of games in the last year.

  •  

    And for Brazil, Dani Alves's winning free kick in the the semi isn't enough for him to win his place back from Maicon. They're very similar players really - Alves has a little more flair, but Maicon more discipline, and he's also a lot less snide.

  •  

    So, as expected, the USA are unchanged, with the exception of Bradley, who is suspended after being harshly sent off in the semi final. He's had an excellent tournament, so will be missed.

  •  

    And Brazil will line up like this: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Luisao, Andre Santos; Gilberto Silva, Felipe Melo; Ramires, Kaka, Robinho; Luis Fabiano. Subs: Victor, Juan, Kleber, Dani Alves, Miranda, Josue, Julio Baptista, Elano, Kleberson, Alexandre Pato, Nilmar, Gomes.

  •  

    And tonight's USA team: Howard; Spector, DeMerit, Onyewu, Bocanegra; Dempsey, Clark, Feilhaber, Donovan; Davies, Altidore. Subs: Guzan, Bornstein, Califf, Wynne, Pearce, Beasley, Kljestan, Adu, Torres, Bradley, Casey, Robles.

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    Join us at 1930 BST for the final game of this year's Confederations Cup. Can the U.S. pull off another shock and beat favourites Brazil?