Confederations Cup: Brazil eliminate out-of-date Italians; The United States stun Egypt to qualify against all the odds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

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Mali 3 – Benin 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 21, 2009) Mali started badly going down to a goal from Benin’s Seidath Tchomogo in the 12th minute from a corner. But the scores were level 10 minutes later when Modibo Maiga fired home. Mamadou Diallo put Mali into the lead sliding the ball in from close range in the second half, and then with seven minutes remaining Fredi Kanoute scored a diving header to confirm the Eagles’ win.

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Stabaek 5 – Start Kristiansand 0 (Tippeligaen, June 21, 2009) Start were unable to clear a scrappy corner after 21 minutes and Fredrik Berglund eventually turned in the opener. After the break a slick move from the hosts ended when Daigo Kobayashi slotted in number two. Kobayashi quickly chalked up a second when the forward beautifully executed a half-volley from just inside the box. Daniel Nannskog wrapped up the win with a late brace, the second a fabulous volley.

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Yokohama Marinos 2 – Urawa Red Diamonds 0 (J-League, June 21, 2009) Kazuma Watanabe opened the scoring for Yokohama in the 59th minute and Koji Yamase consolidated the lead in the 65th minute against a lacklustre Urawa defence.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima 4 – Vissel Kobe 3 (J-League, June 21, 2009) Kota Hattori and Tomoaki Makino had given Hiroshima a two-goal lead at the interval but Kobe fought back in the second-half. Yoshito Okubo converted a penalty in the 47th minute before Yosuke Ishibitsu netted the equaliser four minutes later. Hiroto Motegi then scored from the right side of the box to put the visitors 3-2 up but Hiroshima levelled through Kashiwagi in the 86th minute and, one minute later, Sato got the final touch to Yojiro Takahagi’s close-range effort to snatch the points.

Omiya Ardija 2 – Kyoto Sanga 1 (J-League, June 20, 2009) Omiya edged Kyoto thanks to Taishi Tsukamoto’s 72nd minute free-kick.

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Real Salt Lake 1 – Houston Dynamo 1 (MLS, June 20, 2009) Fabian Espindola’s opener for RSL was cancelled out by Brian Ching’s 89th minute equaliser.

Colorado Rapids 3 – DC United 0 (MLS, June 20, 2009) In the 11th minute Omar Cummings took a pass from captain Pablo Mastroeni to score the opener. Cummings found the back of the net just before halftime from an acute angle, and four minutes into the second half Cummings dashed into the box and teed up Colin Clark for the third.

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New England Revolution 4 – Santos Laguna 2 (SuperLiga, June 21, 2009) New England scored in the 38th minute through Jeff Larentowicz’s 40-yarder. Santos’ Vicente Vuoso equalised in the 51st minute after the Revs fell apart in defende, and the match turned on its head when Juan Pablo Rodriguez sent a shot past Reis in the 55th minute. The lead was short-lived, Kenny Mansally converted a rebound in the 60th minute, Jay Heaps scored in the 63rd minute to put New England back ahead and Kheli Dube slipped home a fourth late on.

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Huracan 3 – Arsenal Sarandi 0 (Clausura, June 21, 2009) Arsenal were a man short for more than an hour after Cristian Pellerano was sent off for a second booking and striker Mario Bolatti headed Huracan in front shortly before halftime. Two goals in the final nine minutes sealed the win. Patricio Toranzo shot into the roof of the net and two minutes later Matias Defederico raced between two defenders to steer home the third.

Boca Juniors 1 – Gimnasia La Plata 2 (Clausura, June 21, 2009) Gimnasia took a surprise lead after only three minutes with a headed goal by Diego Alonso. Boca equalised with a penalty from Martin Palermo close to halftime but Gimnasia snatched victory with Ariel Aguero’s header in the 54th minute.

Godoy Cruz 1 – River Plate 0 (Clausura, June 21, 2009) A ninth-minute goal by Ivan Borghello helped the home side stay clear of the relegation positions.

Lanus 1 – Velez Sarsfield 1 (Clausura, June 21, 2009) Velez fell behind to a goal by Jose Sand and had Fabian Cubero sent off in the 48th minute but equalised with a 69th minute penalty by Rodrigo Lopez.

Estudiantes 1 – Colon 3 (Clausura, June 21, 2009) (Longer highlights here.)

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Santos 2 – Atletico Mineiro 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, June 21, 2009) Santos’ Neymar opened the scoring in the 45th minute with a powerful shot after outmaneuvering several Atletico players. Diego Tardelli equalised in the 60th and five minutes later Evandro added a second for the league leaders. Carlos Alberto made it 3-1 in the 74th minute, Santos chalking up a late second through Leo two minutes from time.

Corinthians 3 – Sao Paulo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, June 21, 2009) Cristian, captain Chico and substitute Juciclei scored for Corinthians, while Ronaldo had a quiet game for the hosts. Richarlyson scored a consolation for Sao Paulo.

Flamengo 4 – Internacional 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, June 21, 2009) Adriano was the hero with a hat-trick for Flamengo. He opened the scoring the 13th minute when he lobbed keeper Lauro from the edge of the box. Emerson increased Flamengo’s lead in the 36th minute and Adriano scored with a left-footed free kick before halftime. Adriano completed a hat-trick with a 68th minute penalty.

Cruzeiro 2 – Barueri 4 (Campeonato Brasileiro, June 21, 2009)


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