Brazil wins Confeds Cup

Monday, June 29, 2009
By: 
Chris Bathembu

Johannesburg - Brazil has set a new record for the FIFA Confederations Cup when it became the first country to win the tournament for the third time since its inception in 1992.

The Samba Kings staged a brilliant come back to beat USA 3-2 despite trailing 2-nil at half time, in a thrilling final last night.

Luis Fabiano, who was also named the top goal scorer for this year's tournament, was no doubt the Brazilian hero when his amazing brace ensured his team's victory.

The USA looked set to do battle, scoring two goals in the first half of the match.

Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan's goals before half time came close to realising the American dream of winning the tournament for the first time.

Brazil supporters, who flocked to Ellis Park stadium despite the chilly Johannesburg night, watched in disbelief as the low-ranked USA opened the score in the 10th minute of the game through a strike by Dempsey.

Moments later, the loose Brazilian defense was exposed again when Donovan netted USA's second goal.

Credit should also go to goal keeper, Tim Howard, whose string of superb saves in the first stanza denied the Brazilians any chance of leveling matters.

But the USA's 45 minutes of glory came to an abrupt end when the five-time world champions Brazil showed why they deserve that honour.

Indeed, it was Bayern Munich defender Lucio who shattered the American dream when he headed his side's winning goal in the 84th minute, much to the jubilation of the crowd and Coach Dunga.

Last night's final was dedicated to the late Cameroonian soccer legend Mark Vivien Foe, who collapsed and died during a FIFA Confederations Cup match held in France in 2003.

The incident sent shockwaves throughout the world and deliberations to rename the Confederations Cup after Vivien Foe were underway, according to FIFA President, Sepp Blatter.

His son Marc Scott stood in the pitch before kick-off and read out a moving tribute in honour of his dad.

He thanked FIFA for remembering his father in such a manner and said life was not the same without him.

Earlier, President Jacob Zuma greeted the players, as per FIFA protocol, before the singing of the countries' national anthems.

The President was also there to confer the medals at the end of the game.

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