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.
Serbia 1 – Sweden 3 (European U21 Championship, June 23, 2009) Sweden set about taking the game to Serbia early doors and Marcus Berg fired the hosts into the lead with a shot on the turn after seven minutes. Berg soon notched up his second from the spot on the quarter hour, before Serbiaâ€™s impressive centre-half Gojko Kacar pulled a goal back from a corner. Sixty seconds later Sweden restored their two-goal cushion as Ola Toivonen stroked home the third. A pulsating first half ended when Nenad Tomovic received his marching orders, and Serbia ended the match with 9-men after Nikola Petkovic saw red after the break.
Belarus 1 – Italy 2 (European U21 Championship, June 23, 2009) The first half came to life in the final minutes of the 45, the Belorussians took a surprise lead when Sergei Kislyak scored his second goal of the tournament turned home a cross on the half-volley. But the Azzurini levelled immediately as Robert Acquafresca scored from the spot after the ref spotted a handball in the box. The Italians claimed victory 15 minutes from time when a slick move carved through the Belarus defence and Robert Acquafresca tapped home the winner.