Confederations Cup: Brazil eliminate out-of-date Italians; The United States stun Egypt to qualify against all the odds

Brazil 3 – Italy 0 (Confederations Cup, June 21, 2009) Italy looked unimaginative and ineffective throughout the first half against Brazil, and when the floodgates opened the Samba Boys capitalised big time. Luis Fabiano picked up Maicon’s wayward shot in the box and fired a low drive into Buffon’s far post to open after 37 minutes. Two minutes from the break Luis Fabiano applied the finishing touch to double Brazil’s lead from a Kaka cross, and Italy’s creaking defence were fully exposed when Andrea Dossena turned a third into the Azzurri’s net on the stroke of halftime. (BBC’s first half highlights & analysis here.)

Egypt 0 – United States 3 (Confederations Cup, June 21, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Against the form book the United States struck first against Egypt after 22 minutes, Hammarby forward Charlie Davies scrapped onto a loose ball in the box, swiveled, and saw his shot deflect unceremoniously into the net. After the break it was the Americans who continued to press and they were rewarded by a classy second when Michael Bradley scored after playing a one-two with Donovan. Amazingly the United States claimed a crucial third to put them in the tentative driver’s seat for qualification, Bradley played the ball wide to Specter who controlled, swung a cross into Clint Dempsey, and the Fulham forward superbly headed the ball into the far corner.