Boys from Brazil strike South African gold
- 29 June 2009 09:30
City stars Robinho and Elano came away from South Africa with winner's medals after Brazil recovered from the shock of trailing 2-0 against the United States to win a thrilling Confederations Cup final 3-2 in Johannesburg.
Elano, dropped earlier in the tournament, came on to help fuel a second-half comeback that culminated in his 84th-minute corner being headed home for a winner by skipper Lucio after two goals from prolific striker Luis Fabiano.
But it was a brave effort by the unfavoured USA, who had been easily beaten 3-0 by Brazil in their group match.
Brazil were stung as early as the tenth minute when Jonathan Spector swung in a great low cross from the right touchline and Fulham's Clint Dempsey drfited in and connected to glide the ball beyond goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
Worse followed for a lacklustre Brazil side after 27 minutes as they lost the ball at one of their own corners and in a lightning two-man breakaway raid, Charlie Davies set up Landon Donovan to despatch a cool second goal.
But Brazil, who looked bereft of ideas in the first half, hauled themselves back into the match in the opening minute of the second half when Fabiano turned and smashed in a fierce shot from the edge of the area.
And after Tim Howard appeared to punch out a Kaka header after it had crossed the line on the hour, Real Madrid's new signing created a 74th-minute equaliser as Fabiano followed up Robinho's first effort against the bar.
Marc-Vivien Foe, the City and Cameroon midfielder who collapsed and died in a Confederations Cup tie six years ago, was remembered with a poignant address from his 14-year-old son Marc-Scott before the kick-off.