June 25, 2009

Brazil reaches final of Confederations Cup

Daniel Alves scored on a free kick in the 88th minute Thursday, giving Brazil a 1-0 decision over South Africa in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup.

The victory put Brazil into Sunday's championship match against the United States, which became a shocking finalist Wednesday with a 2-0 win over top-ranked Spain.

South Africa gave the Brazilians all they wanted throughout the match and was unfortunate not to have grabbed the lead in the first half.

Overtime appeared before South Africa's Aaron Mokoena tripped up Ramires just outside the box.

Alves took the free kick and launched a perfect shot that sailed up and around the human wall and went into the top-right corner of the net.