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USA 0 - 3 Brazil

Date:
18 June 2009
Venue:
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Competition:
Confederations Cup
Player of the match:
Maicon
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Match report beneath preview.

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The second round of matches in group B starts with Brazil looking to secure a place in the semi finals whilst the USA are hoping to remain in contention to escape the group stage.

Brazil left it late to secure a win against a strong Egypt side who looked like denying the former world champions victory. For all the controversy surrounding Howard Webb and the penalty decision the end result was the correct one.

The USA in contrast to Brazil's success were victim to their own controversy. Reduced to 10 men after squandering numerous chances to lead by more than one game against Italty, the Italians capitalised with some good Rossi finishing to clinch victory.

Both teams have come into the Confederations Cup off the back of a double world cup qualifier so expect both teams to make changes to combat fatigue. The USA suffered their first defeat of 2009 against Italy with Mexico and Sweden in their previous victories. While Brazil have not lost for almost a year to the day, including a win over current group B leaders Italy in February.

Brazil manager Carlos Dunga and USA boss Bob Bradley have taken similar approaches since taking over their respective national teams in 2006. Established internationals and reputations did not count for anything, players performing well would play for their country. Bradley has at times been criticised for having too high a turn over of players in the national team.

Despite this the USA always have a strong team bond with every player trying their best for the team. Against a strong Brazil side who are likely to improve defensively following the concession of 3 goals in their last match for the first time in almost 4 years, the USA face a huge task.

If Brazil improve defensively they are the more likely winners. Although the USA are a good team they lack a real match winner which can make something from nothing. The match is likely to be quite evenly fought but with players like Kaka, Robinho and Luis Fabiano, Brazil have the ability to win even when playing below par as they demonstrated against Egypt.

Players to watch:

Kaka (Brazil): Currently the most expensive player of all time until he is officaially unsurped by new team mate Ronaldo. I need say nothing about his footballing gifts.

Landon Donovan (USA): Scoring is what he does for the USA. Currently the all time top scorer and he will in all likelihood surpass legendary Cobi Jones with all time appearances....eventually.




################## Match Report ########################

A brilliant performance saw Brazil score 3 goals in a game they controlled from start to finish. Brazil dominated this match with the 10 men of the USA never getting a foothold in the game.

Brazil were ahead after 6 minutes when Maicon played a superb right wing free kick towards the back post where Felipe Melo was waiting to powerfully head home with the first shot of the game.

The USA appeared shell shocked and Brazil further imposed themselves on the game with the USA firmly pinned in their own half. The USA got their first chance to attack with a corner in the 19th minute. Donovan played a short corner to Beasley only for the American to woefully let the ball roll under his foot to Brazil possesion. Brazil broke away with Ramires runnings at the sole USA defender before laying it off for Robinho in the box to side foot home.

Brazil continued to play at a quick tempo and their relentless attacking flair created numerous of chance. However the Brazilians wasted many opportunities and the USA would have been relieved to go in at half time just two goals down.

The second half started with the USA looking more organised and having more of the possession, this was perhaps helped by Brazil playing at a much slower tempo compared with the first half. Any hope that the USA had of getting back into the game was soon dashed after Klejstan was shown a straight red card for a tackle on Ramirez. Although not the worst of tackles, there were few protests.

Brazil reaped instant rewards with Maicon finishing off a move he started with a close range shot across the goal deflected into the top of the net. Kaka and Ramirez contributed significantly with their intricate passing in the build up.

At 3-0 Brazil would have considered themselves safe but two late strikes of the crossbar from the USA may have changed everything. Feilhaber drilled the ball against the bar after the USA's best move of the match involving donovan and spector. Finally with a couple of minutes to go Casey brushed the top of the bar with his header from a corner.

Brazil demonstrated their class in this game by imposing themselves on the USA from the start with free flowing attacking football. The suspect defence from the Egypt game appeared transformed but in truth there was little for them to deal with from the poor USA team.

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posted Jun 18, 2009

Kaka starts with Brazil fielding 4 changes overall but in particular 3 in defence. Santos, Miranda, Maicon and Ramires all come in.

USA are much the same as against Italy but with 2 changes with Beasley and Kjelstan brought in. Bradley showing faith in his team with only one change by choice.

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posted Jun 18, 2009

Why can I hear American commentators on the BBC red button service?

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posted Jun 18, 2009

I'd noticed the same thing on both red button and online. Luckily it seems to have disappeared, much as I did love the golfing history.

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posted Jun 18, 2009

Brazil were impressive, but the last 25 mins or more, they disappointed. With the U.S. down to 10 men Brazil could easily have scored again and make it a nice round 4-0, but no, they relaxed and allowed the Americans to almost score, twice!

Brazil will not win this tournament.

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posted Jun 18, 2009

Petrillo missed the opportunity to suggest in her interview,
that Chairmanship of an FC, would be the normal &
natural ambition of anyone @ the beginning of a career in
the Beautiful Game; especially as Toronto has an invisible
& caving Chair, ie. over Carver, to the Madoff sounding
feudally behaving (particularly with the illustrious
Beckham, England (Capt), Spain & glorious Italy)
bloody *Garbage man, principally responsible for the Game in NA!
Prof M H Settelen
fmr Director, Ottawa Intrepid FC
* did he actually play with Pele @ NY Cosmos?

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posted Jun 18, 2009

"Landon Donovan...will in all likelihood surpass legendary Cobi Bryant with all time appearances...."

Kobe Bryant plays for the Lakers.

Cobi Jones.

No problem. (:

hotdog



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posted Jun 18, 2009

USA weren't good enough today, they can play much better.

Against Italy, they were the better team until the unfortunate sending off. Today they were awful throughout.

They're missing a player like Maurice Edu who can cover while Michael Bradley gets forward. Jermaine Jones is eligible to play for them come August, they could've done with him now.

Shame Landon Donovan isn't showing what he can do.

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posted Jun 19, 2009

Billy2USA

good spot, not sure how I managed to do that. Donovan would have faced a real task to make more appearances than Bryant given he would have had to re-train for a whole new sport.

Cheers.

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posted Jun 19, 2009

The amazing thing is that for a sport that the US usually doesn't take seriously, there's a lot of fans in the states who are calling for coach Bob Bradley to be sacked. They're not liking a defence that in three of their last four games has given up a goal within the first 10 minutes of the game (Costa Rica, Honduras & Brazil), a midfield that seems to have no energy and Landon Donovan's lack of interest despite all those caps (Kobi Bryant has nothing to worry about!).

American fans are comparing this tourney to the US disaster that was France '98. They are not happy right now.

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comment by Potty (U13364702)

posted Jun 19, 2009

Brazil were very impressive for the majority of the game, but the play acting/diving form some of the players was ridiculous!! The red card should never have been given, the referee was influenced by the rolling around on the floor by the Brazilian player. Even Kaka fell over needlessly at one point, I mean I expect it from Robinho who has no body strength whatsoever, but Kaka is a top class professional!! Brazil, as well as many other countries, need to accept that football is a physical game and tackling is allowed!

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