Brazil rallies past USA for Confed Cup win

June 28, 2009 at 6:44 PM
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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 28 (UPI) -- Lucio headed home a goal in the 84th minute Sunday, completing Brazil's 3-2 comeback over the United States for the FIFA Confederations Cup title.

Luis Fabiano scored twice to tie the score after the U.S. team had jumped out 2-0 in the first 27 minutes.

Americans Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan had put the five-time World Cup winners in the two-goal hole but Fabiano scored just seconds into the second half and got his second at the 74th minute.

The victory was the Brazilians' second straight Confederations Cup title, and third overall.

The United States, playing in its first FIFA final, came into the tournament unbeaten in 96 straight matches when leading at the half since 1993. The Americans reached the final in Johannesburg, South Africa, by upsetting world No. 1 Spain 2-0 in the semifinals.

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