Confederations Cup: Brazil outclass the United States & Egypt stun Italy; England U21s see off Spain & qualify for the semis

Egypt 1 – Italy 0 (Confederations Cup, June 18, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After a goalless first half (extended highlights here) Egypt took the lead over Italy five minutes before the break with a fine leap and header from Mohamed Homos. Rene Gattuso lost his shorts at the start of the second half. In the closing stages Italy piled on the pressure, but Egyptian goalie El Hadary proved up to the task making a series of quality saves to keep out the Azzurri.

United States 0 – Brazil 3 (Confederations Cup, June 18, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Brazil broke the deadlock against the United States after just six minutes, Arsenal target Felipe Melo met Maicon’s free-kick to powerfully covert with a header. In the 19th minute Brazil scored an outstanding goal on the break, Beasley was guilty of miscontrolling a pass from Donovan from a US corner and, after a great touch from Kaka near the halfway line, Ramires streaked away towards the goal before teeing up Robinho for the straight-forward finish. (First half highlights here.) Tim Howard saved the Americans at the start of the second half with a fine save to deny Kaka. But then matters worsened for the US, Sacha Kljestan saw red and in the 62nd minute Brazil grabbed a third as Maicon, Ramires and Kaka combined superbly before Maicon capped a brilliant display firing high into the roof of the net. To the Americans credit they never stopped trying and Benny Feilhaber was unlucky to see his rasping drive smack off the underside of the bar.

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England 2 – Spain 0 (European Under-21 Championships, June 18, 2009) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here.) England overcame a first-half James Milner penalty miss thanks to second half goals from Frazier Campbell (fine finish) and James Milner (great work by substitute Walcott).

Both Campbell and Milner gave interviews with Sky Sports after the match.

Germany 2 – Finland 0 (European Under-21 Championships, June 18, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The Germans secured their first win of the tournament with two goals in three minutes around the hour mark. Both were set u by Werder Bremen playmaker Mesut Ozil, Benedikt Howedes heading home the first and Ashkan Dejagah tapping home the second.

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Fredrikstad 5 – Ranheim 3 (AET) (NM Cupen, June 18, 2009)

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Estudiantes 1 – Defensor Sporting 0 (Agg. 2-0) (Copa Libertadores, June 18, 2009) Estudiantes went in front in the 14th minute when midfielder Leandro Benitez applied the finishing touch following a nice move down the left.

Sao Paulo 0 – Cruzeiro 2 (Agg. 1-4) (Copa Libertadores, June 18, 2009) Sao Paulo had Eduardo Costa sent off just before the interval. Sao Paulo were made to pay in the 65th minute when Henrique beat keeper Denis from the edge of the box with a powerful strike. Cruzeiro killed the tie ten minutes from time when Andre Dias was sent off after handling inside the area and Kleber made no mistake from the spot.


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