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Confederations Cup Semi-final: Daniel Alves fires Brazil into final

Friday, June 26, 2009

Daniel Alves' 88th-minute free-kick earned Brazil a 1-0 win over South Africa and a place in the Confederations Cup final against the United States.

Five time world champions Brazil struggled to find their stride and were restricted to ambitious efforts from distance which rarely troubled the target.

This semi-final against the hosts was heading for extra time until Alves replaced Andre Santos in the 82nd minute and broke the stalemate with a thundering freekick two minutes from time.

Luís Fabiano should have wrapped things up in the last minute, but he saw a scuffed shot kicked away by Itumeleng Khune.

Brazil now face the United States in Sunday's final with South Africa meet Spain in the third-place play-off.


Brazil: Júlio César; Maicon, Luisão, Lúcio, André Santos (Daniel Alves 82); Felipe Melo, Gilberto Silva; Ramires, Kaká; Robinho, Luís Fabiano (Kléberson 90)

South Africa: Khune; Gaxa, Booth, Masilela, Mokoena, Mhlongo; Tshabalala (Mphela 90), Pienaar (Van Heerden 90); Modise (Mashego 90); Dikgacoi, Parker

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