Yes, We Can! America stun the Spaniards to reach the Confederation Cup final

Spain 0 – United States 2 (Confederations Cup semi-final, June 24, 2009) (BBC highlights & analysis here, ESPN highlights & analysis here, extended highlights here.) Despite all the pre-match hype in Spain’s favour It was the United States who made the early running in the semi-final, Charlie Davies sending an overhead volley narrowly wide after six minutes. Two minutes later Clint Dempsey saw his shot drift inches wide of Casillas’ post. After 26 minutes the Americans got their just deserves for dominating the game, Dempsey freed Jozy Altidore behind the Spanish backline and the powerful striker raced down on goal before rifling a low shot which Casillas found too hot to handle. (First half highlights here.) The Spanish stepped up the tempo in the second half without finding the equaliser, and they were made to pay when America double their lead after both Pique and Sergio Ramos failed to cut out a Donovan cross and Clint Dempsey claimed the unbelievable second. The victory was slightly tarnished by Michael Bradley’s late (harsh?) sending off, but the Americans nevertheless stunned the European Champions to end their 35-unbeaten streak.

After the match Jozy Altidore and Landon Donovan gave post matches interviews.

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Rosenborg 1 – Stabaek 0 (Tippeligaen, June 24, 2009) Rosenborg’s Per Ciljan Skjelbred scored after 16 minutes to keep the league leaders a massive 10 points clear in Norway.

Fredrikstad 2 – Lyn 1 (Tippeligaen, June 24, 2009) Davy Claude Angan fired Lyn ahead in the 39th minute, but Fredrikstad turned the match around after the break as Celso Borges and Everton scored for the hosts.

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Nagoya Grampus Eight 2 – Suwon Bluewings 1 (Asian Champions League, June 24, 2009) Yoshizumi Ogawa fired Nagoya into a first half lead scoring from a Davi pass in the 22nd minute. Keiji Tamada doubled the advantage in the 66th minute with a powerful left-footed drive from 15-yards, while Edu pulled one back for Suwon in the 69th minute but the visitors fell short of finding an equaliser. Nagoya advance to the semi-finals.

Kashima Antlers 2 – FC Seoul 2* (Pens. 4-5) (Asian Champions League, June 24, 2009) Kashima led from the fifth minute when Shinzo Kuroki scored, but Lee Seung-ryul equalised in the 22nd when he latched onto a loose ball in the area. It was a similar story after the break as Takeshi Aoki restored Kashima’s advantage with a header from a corner early in the second half, but Ki Sung-yong pulled the visitors’ even with a 30-yard free-kick in the 78th minute. The match went to penalties where Park Yong-ho scored the winner after a lengthy and dramatic shootout.

Pohang Steelers 6 – Newcastle Jets 0 (Asian Champions League, June 24, 2009) Choi Hyo-jin was the hero for Pohang claiming a hat-trick in the rout.

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New England Revolution 1 – KC Wizards 1 (SuperLiga, June 24, 2009) Kheli Dube put New England ahead on halftime, but after the break the Revs had Michael Videira sent off for an elbow to the head of Aaron Hohlbein. Five minutes from time the Wizards levelled as Darrius Barnes deflected a Hercules Gomez’s cross into his own net.

Santos Laguna 0 – Atlas 0 (SuperLiga, June 24, 2009)

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Cruzeiro 3 – Gremio 1 (Copa Libertadores semi-final first-leg June 24, 2009) Maxi Lopez missed a great chance for Gremio early on and the home side took full advantage. Wellington headed the opener and further goals from Wagner and Fabinho gave them one foot in the final. A fine free-kick from Souza left Gremio with plenty of hope for the second leg.

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Once Caldas 2 – Atletico Junior 1 (Colombian Apertura play-off, June 24, 2009) A brilliant dipping swerving shot from Nondier Romero gave Once Caldas the lead, Fano doubled the lead before Hernandez pulled one back.

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Everton CD 1 – Univ. de Chile 0 (Chilean Apertura play-off, June 24, 2009)

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Mexico 4 – Venezuela 0 (International friendly, June 24, 2009) El Tri coach Javier Aguirre tried out a number of players ahead of some crucial World Cup qualifiers in August and it was Spurs forward Giovani Dos Santos who came to the fore with a terrific performance. He set up Arsenal forward Carlos Vela to bundle home the opener and then took center stage at the start of the second half. Dos Santos cut in and finished with his left foot on 48 minutes and three minutes later a surging run ended with the ball ricocheting off Venezuela keeper and on to Dos Santos for his second. (Both Dos Santos goals can be seen on this video.) Omar Arellano completed the win in the 73rd minute.