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U.S. Surprise Spain in Semifinals

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Wednesday, 24 June 2009 18:33
U.S Won Against SpainAgainst all odds, Spain had shattered his record of 15 consecutive victories and its ambition to another title on Thursday, succumbing 2-0 to the wall of United States, which took him to second air the finals of the Confederations Cup.

Goals of Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey sealed the victory for the champion of the CONCACAF to a team not lost since November 2006, when it fell to Romania in a friendly in Cadiz.

Altidore, a forward whom the Spanish Villarreal in the league gave it a second division club last season, opened the account for 27 minutes.

Aided by a crass error of Sergio Ramos, Dempsey nailed the final dagger in the night from Bloemfontein to the second to the 74. United States finished with 10 men for the removal of direct red with Michael Bradley.

United States will play a first final of a tournament of magnitude as that previously had fallen into the semifinals of the Confederations Cup.


His opponent on Sunday will leave the winner of the other semifinal to Brazil and South Africa settled on Thursday in Johannesburg.

The most incredible is that a week ago, Americans were left with one foot out after a 3-0 defeat to United States, which followed his debut in the 3-1 setback to Italy. But they revived to win 3-0 to Egypt in the last date of Group B, plus one hand the imposition of Brazil 3-0 to Italy.

What happened to Spain? It took an opponent lightly theoretically inferior?

Unlike the previous three games, Spain met an opponent that came to pressure from the outset, this was a situation that seemed to take away the basis for the champions of Europe. As proof of the brazen, Charlie Davies hit a shock to the goalie Iker Casillas with a Chilean.

Spain soon normalized to display his distinctive script, moving the ball with short passes and flush with floor.

Again, the sector was left for Spain where he sought to penetrate with more emphasis, but the U.S. warning was a defense that had at least one line of three men to the hunt.

Altidore's goal came at a moment of respite in a match, one that took the striker to light all their corpulence to see a rare image: a ball at the bottom of the Spanish network.

Landon Donovan started the move to give in to it and Dempsey gave Altidore, who drew the first mark and then Joan Capdevila Carles Puyol before defining a forehand to hand, robbed of the first to touch Casillas made a post before nested.

Altidore was about a kind of poetic justice for an attacker who failed to win a job immediately with Villarreal and neither did well when calling at Xerez.

Receiving his first goal after five games did the Spaniards react and began shooting a constant, but in vain.

Before the break, we lost David Villa to finish top goal when it was profiled against the mark and then the U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard off the leg of a left-handed shot from Fernando Torres.

The pattern continued at the start of the second time that Spain was facing a real hurricane that United States was dangerously laid back.

The effort to tie the bill was passed and Spain over the minutes of intensity slowed. It was then that he received the ultimate goal, which Ramos fell asleep after a ball that had bounced in his Gerard Piqué and Dempsey came to finish before a descolocado Casillas.

In the end, Spain was left with wet gunpowder before a rival very disciplined and generous sacrifice in defense. There was always a U.S. breathing down the neck to any Spanish that was approaching the last quarter of the stadium.

Apart from the record of 15 wins, Spain was also disrupted the mark of 35 games without losing and that was shared with Brazil. It was the first victory for United States in four games against Spain.
 
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