Brazil Rallies, Shocks US at Confed Cup

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 28, 2009 6:00 PM CDT
USA's Landon Donovan, second from left, reacts after scoring their second goal with fellow team member Clint Dempsey, left, June 28, 2009.   (AP Photo/Paul Thomas)
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(Newser) – Brazil’s “Beautiful Game” came alive in the second half today with three comeback goals in a 3-2 win over the upstart United States in the Confederations Cup final. Luis Fabiano scored two of the goals and Lucio added the third in the 84th minute to give Brazil its second straight Confederations Cup title and third overall. It was all looking good for the Americans when Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan gave the team a 2-0 halftime lead.

“You realize why these guys are worth so much at times like this, but it’s still disappointing,” Donovan said. “We are in the position where we don’t want respect, we want to win.” Brazil really did look like a beaten team in the first 45 minutes, creating little and being constantly stymied by the United States defense and goalkeeper Tim Howard. But five-time world champion Brazil pulled it out, winning their eighth match in a row.