Wednesday, 24 June 2009

[Confed Cup] US end Spain's run to reach final

Spain's record 15-match winning run was ended with a shock 2-0 defeat by the United States of America in the FIFA Confederations Cup semi-finals.

Spain 0-2 USAGoals in either half from Villarreal's Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey proved the European champions' undoing in Bloemfontein.

The 19-year-old Altidore turned Joan Capdevila to put the underdogs in front on the half-hour mark as Spain struggled to find the shape and form that powered them to their landmark 15th victory in a row against South Africa on Saturday.

They had been bidding for another milestone, surpassing Brazil's record of 35 unbeaten games but they will have to settle for sharing that mark as the US sealed their win 16 minutes from time.

Sergio Ramos dallied when Landon Donovan's deflected cross found him at the far post, allowing Fulham's Dempsey to pounce and hook home.

The US ended the game with ten men following the dismissal of Michael Bradley but that could not dampen their enthusiasm having reached Sunday's final against either the hosts South Africa or a Brazil team who sealed Italy's group-stage exit at the weekend.

The US also became the first team in two and a half years to beat Spain, since a 1-0 friendly defeat by Romania in November 2006, and the result also marks Vicente Del Bosque's first defeat since replacing Luis Aragones following UEFA Euro 2008.

[FIFA Confederations Cup 2009]

Source: UEFA

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