Spain 0-2 United States

Shutting out Xavi was key - Coach Bradley

June 24, 2009
United States coach Bob Bradley said neutralising Spain midfielder Xavi was the key to their shock 2-0 win over the European champions in the Confederations Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

The Barcelona playmaker was allowed little room to manoeuvre by a tigerish American side who reached their first major final.

"We made a special point to close down Xavi, trying to force him to play the ball square or behind him so that he couldn't play any of those penetrating passes he is so ...

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