Brazil win Confed Cup, Germany come third

30th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

30 June 2005, FRANKFURT - Brazil ran out easy 4-1 winners over Argentina in the final of the Confederations Cup in Frankfurt Wednesday evening. It is the second Confederations Cup crown for the five-time World Cup champions, who were surprisingly straightforward victors over their South American rivals. Germany claimed third place in the tournament earlier in the day, beating Mexico 4-3 after extra time in Leipzig. "The players worked very hard, and I think they deserved the title," said Brazil coach Carlo

30 June 2005

FRANKFURT - Brazil ran out easy 4-1 winners over Argentina in the final of the Confederations Cup in Frankfurt Wednesday evening.

It is the second Confederations Cup crown for the five-time World Cup champions, who were surprisingly straightforward victors over their South American rivals. Germany claimed third place in the tournament earlier in the day, beating Mexico 4-3 after extra time in Leipzig.

"The players worked very hard, and I think they deserved the title," said Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira after the contest. "We always know that we have excellent players, and it is my job to form them into one team. I am glad that this win showed that we have achieved that."

His counterpart Jose Pekerman was also impressed by the form of the Brazilians, who his team beat in a World Cup qualifier before the start of the tournament.

"We lost against a very good opponent," he said. "They played really well and were very incisive."

In just the 11th minute, the 'Seleção' went ahead through an excellent piece of skill by Adriano. The Inter Milan striker ran hard into the middle from the right, hopped the lunging Gabriel Heinze and fired a powerful 20-yard blast past the slow-reacting German Lux. The Brazilians never looked up after that.

Just five minutes later, Kaka showed his own considerable abilities. A light first touch kept the ball from a hanging Argentine defender at the top of the area, and his shot from the second touch curled into the top right corner. It was irresistible, and a generally poor Argentina had no answer.

Just two minutes after the half-time break, Brazil effectively put the match out of reach when Ronaldinho tapped in a Cicinho cross from the right.

Ahead by three, Brazil were the ones that continued to push forward. The practical result was that Adriano managed to become the top scorer in the tournament when he headed in his fifth goal from another Cicinho cross.

Sensing that a humiliation was in the making, the 'Albiceleste' finally got some spark into their game after falling behind by four. However, Pablo Aimar's diving header in the 65th minute was always just going to be consolation.

In the third-place match, Michael Ballack's free kick goal in extra time was all that separated hosts Germany from Mexico in their 4-3 victory. Ballack's 97th minute goal finally settled the energetic contest after Mexico had come from a goal behind three different times, and Germany had Mike Hanke sent off in the 54th minute.

Lukas Podolski, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Robert Huth scored for the hosts, while Jared Borgetti headed in a second half brace and Jose Fonseca tallied for 'El Tri.'

DPA

Subject: German news

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