Robinho finds his touch as Brazil ruin American dream

first_imgShare on Twitter Brazil USA Paul Radford in Pretoria Share on Pinterest Thu 18 Jun 2009 19.01 EDT Brazil 3-0 USA Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Shares00 match reports First published on Thu 18 Jun 2009 19.01 EDT Brazil Robinho Share via Email Share on Facebook Reuse this content Share on Facebook Topics Confederations Cup Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Robinho finds his touch as Brazil ruin American dream Brazil put in a much-improved performance against a hapless United States yesterday, turning on the style as they sauntered to a 3-0 win with goals from Felipe Melo, Robinho and Maicon. As storm clouds moved in during the second half of the Group B game, the Americans knew they had failed to weather it, finishing with 10 men after the midfielder Sacha Kljestan was sent off in the 56th minute.Brazil, who were lucky to beat Egypt 4-3 with a controversial late penalty in their first match, were back to their spectacular best, scoring two sublime goals.Having opened the scoring as early as the seventh minute when Felipe Melo, the midfielder who is rapidly emerging as one of the key men in coach Dunga’s team, rose at the far post to head home a Maicon free-kick, Brazil took charge.Their second goal in the 20th minute was a counterattack of breathtaking efficiency, coming after DaMarcus Beasley had failed to control a Landon Donovan corner in the Brazilian penalty area. The ball was pushed forward to Kaka, who turned and touched to Ramires as the Brazilians hared upfield.Ramires strode forward, drawing the lone American defender Jonathan Spector towards him, then slipped it through Spector’s legs to Robinho who calmly stroked it home past helpless US goalkeeper Tim Howard.The goal was surpassed as a spectacle only by their third in the 62nd minute. Maicon, Ramires and Felipe Melo combined in an intricate passing movement down the right before Kaka threaded the ball back to Maicon who chipped a delicate right-foot shot over Howard from an acute angle.Like the second, it sent the Loftus Versfeld Stadium crowd into delirium. The Americans had their share of bad luck though. Kljestan was harshly judged for a relatively mild foul on Ramires, reducing his team to 10 men for the second successive game.In the final eight minutes substitutes Benny Feilhaber and Conor Casey both struck the bar as they searched for a consolation goal. Brazil head Group B with six points and will be certain to reach the semi-finals unless Egypt beat Italy at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The United States, still without a point after losing their opening game 3-1 to Italy, face almost certain elimination.last_img read more