Confederations Cup: Brazil edge plucky Egypt in a 7-goal thriller; Rossi leads Italy to victory over the United States

Brazil 4 – Egypt 3 (Confederations Cup, June 15, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Brazil started the tournament in fine style as newly acquired Real Madrid star Ricky Kaka managed to jink his way into the Egypt box juggling the ball before firing home the opener after five minutes. The lead was short lived, Mohamed Zidan powered home Abou Trika’s cross to draw the Pharaohs level inside 10 minutes. It wasn’t long until the Samba Boys got their noses back in-front, Elano’s free-kick was brilliantly guided into the net by Luis Fabiano’s flick header. With the South Africa crowd enjoying themselves in the stands, Brazil marched on to claim a third before the break as Juan headed home an Elano corner. (First half highlights here.) With most expecting Egypt to capitulate in the second half the North Africans stunned Brazil with two goals inside sixty seconds. Mohamed Shawky scored in the 54th minute with a neat finish in the near post, and from the centre Egypt robbed Brazil of the ball, ending when Abou Trika found Mohamed Zidan who equalised with a clinical strike. (Both Shawky & Zidan’s goals can be seen here.) Egypt then bossed the game and looked the more likely to find a winner, only to have their good work undone when Al Mohamady handled Lucio’s effort off the line and, after the red card was brandished, Kaka stepped up to the spot to score the winner.

United States 1 – Italy 3 (Confederations Cup, June 15, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The Americans had Ricardo Clark sent off just after the half hour for a reckless tackle in the middle of the park. The Italians appeared to have been given the lead after Bornstein put through his own net only for the goal to be ruled out for an offside call (wrong?) against Camoranesi. The US immediately went up the other end, Jozy Altidore was brought down for a penalty and Landon Donovan stepped up to score from the spot. (First half highlights here.) The Azzurri levelled just before the hour mark, Giuseppe Rossi crashing home a stunning drive from distance that tore past a helpless Tim Howard. Italy completed the turnaround in the 72nd minute, Daniele De Rossi found the bottom corner with a low shot from 20-yards out. The third Azzurri goal came in the 90th minute, Pirlo produced some great skill on the wing and crossed for Rossi to grab his second of the night with a fine right-footed finish on the half volley.