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posted on Jun, 21 2003 @ 06:41 PM
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Brazil had just too much firepower as they overcame the United States in their Confederations Cup match in Paris on Saturday night.

The only goal of the game came from Adriano in the 22nd minute after a disastrous mistake by American defender Gregg Berhalter gifted the Brazilian possession on the edge of the area.

But despite a number of good chances neither side could find a goal after that, with both enjoying some impressive periods of possession.

Both goalkeepers were also in good form, AC Milan stopper Dida making several good stops for Brazil while Tim Howard was in fantastic form for the Americans.

Just before half-time the Americans nearly pulled level when Clint Mathis burst down the right and crossed for Donovan, only for Kleber to make the vital tackle and avert the danger.

It would have been harsh on Brazil, who had dominated the first half, but the second half was much more even as the Americans enjoyed far more possession and created some real chances.

The early going was still Brazilian-dominated though, with Howard saving well from Adriano's header then producing a marvellous save to push a sweeping shot from Alex around the post.

The 56th minute brought a moment of drama as Donovan's free-kick looked destined for Cherundolo's head but Juan was able to head clear.

Four minutes later Donovan powered into the area through the inside-right channel and fired a shot across goal, but Dida parried then regathered well.

The growing American threat was clear on the hour when Eddie Lewis moved threateningly towards the Brazilian penalty area with the ball and full-back Belletti chopped him down - a sign the samba kings were unnerved by the growing confidence of the Americans.

In the 75th minute Tim Howard again showed why he is strongly linked to a move to Manchester United when he got both hands to a swerving free-kick from Ronaldinho and tipped the goal-bound shot over the bar.




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