With about 150,000 spectators watching the two double-headers and 17 goals in four games, the FIFA Confederations Cup 1999 got off to a spectacular start.

Group favourites Brazil and Mexico look set to qualify for the semi-finals after winning their opening matches hands down. The German team, however, will have to get their act together and win the remaining two matches to stand a chance of making it from Guadalajara to the Azteca.

The race for at least two semi-final spots is as open as ever for two contenders -- Egypt (against Mexico) and the US team (versus Brazil).

25-year-old Mexican striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco soared to the top of the goalscorer list after scoring four goals against Saudi Arabia.