USA shocks top ranked Spain to reach Confederation Cup finals

June 25th, 2009 - 12:25 pm ICT by ANI  

Bloemfontein (South Africa), June 25 (ANI): The United States pulled off a 2-0 upset win over world No. 1 Spain here in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup.

The US was on the brink of exiting the tournament after two poor performances and facing a nearly impossible formula to reach the semifinals, but after the historic victory Americans are heading to Johannesburg for Sunday’s championship game.

Jozy Altidore, 19-year-old forward who plays professionally in Spain, scored midway through the first half. Americans expanded their lead in the 74th minute on veteran midfielder Clint Dempsey’s goal, ending Spain’s world-record winning streak at 15 and stopping its two-and-half-years unbeaten run at 35.

In the final, the United States will play the winner of Thursday’s Brazil-South Africa match.

The Americans lost their first two games in the group stage to football giants Italy and Brazil. (ANI)

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