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USA 0-3 Brazil

By Phil Dawkes

USA 0-3 Brazil

Highlights - Rampant Brazil beat USA (UK users only)

Holders Brazil virtually booked their place in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup with a comprehensive victory over 10-man USA in Pretoria.

Brazil took the lead after five minutes when Felipe Melo rose highest to head home a Maicon right-wing free-kick.

Robinho side-footed in Brazil's second, finishing off a sweeping counter-attacking move following a USA corner.

USA's Sacha Kljestan was sent off for fouling Ramirez and Maicon chipped in a third goal for Brazil.

Monday's 4-3 win over Egypt was a wake-up call for a tired Brazil squad and they set about the task of securing the victory that would secure their qualification in alert, energetic fashion.

The constant sound of horn-blowing supporters aptly rang around the stadium as Brazil orchestrated a cavalry charge that the USA were powerless to resist, offering defensive naivety and ineptitude in possession in return.

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Five minutes in, Brazil were ahead when a right-wing free-kick was swung across by Maicon - in for Daniel Alves at right-back - which was met powerfully by midfielder Felipe Melo, outmuscling Jonathan Spector to plant a header past Tim Howard in the American goal.

USA were their own worst enemy in conceding the second goal as Rangers' DeMarcus Beasley miscontrolled a corner, allowing a rapid Brazil counter-attack that passed speedily from Kaka to Ramirez and finally to Robinho unmarked in the box to side-foot home with ease.

The Manchester City striker's celebration included a brief interview with a microphone wielding journalist, underlining just how much the match was over as a contest.

Any faint, optimistic hopes USA had of getting back into the game were extinguished on the hour when Kljestan was shown a straight red for a lunging tackle on Ramirez.

Shortly after, Maicon made it 3-0 to Brazil, cutting in from the right to receive a short pass from Kaka before chipping expertly over Howard into the far corner of the net.


Robinho gives mid-match 'interview' (UK users only)

In the final 10 minutes, USA substitutes Benny Feilhaber and Casey Conor hit the crossbar - with a powerful shot and glancing header respectively - but any consolation goal would have flattered the Americans, who are now virtually eliminated from the competition.

Brazil will be sure of a semi-final place later on Thursday if Egypt fail to beat Italy in the other Group B match in Johannesburg.

USA: Howard, Bornstein, Onyewu, DeMerit, Spector, Bradley, Dempsey, Kljestan, Beasley (Casey 46), Donovan, Altidore (Feilhaber 61).
Subs Not Used: Guzan, Adu, Bocanegra, Califf, Clark, Davies, Pearce, Torres, Wynne, Robles.

Sent Off: Kljestan (58).

Booked: Onyewu.

Brazil: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio (Luisao 71), Miranda, Andre Santos, Kaka (Julio Baptista 69), Felipe Melo, Silva, Ramires, Robinho, Luis Fabiano (Nilmar 70).
Subs Not Used: Victor, Alexandre Pato, Dani Alves, Elano, Josue, Juan, Kleber, Kleberson, Gomes.

Goals: Felipe Melo 7, Robinho 20, Maicon 63.

Att: 34,000

Ref: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland).

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see also
Brazil 4-3 Egypt
15 Jun 09 |  Internationals
USA 1-3 Italy
15 Jun 09 |  Internationals
Spain 1-0 Iraq
17 Jun 09 |  Internationals
What is the Confederations Cup?
12 Jun 09 |  Internationals
Is South Africa ready for 2010?
11 Jun 09 |  Football
Fifa Confederations Cup results
13 Jun 09 |  Results
Fifa Confederations Cup tables
12 Jun 09 |  Internationals

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