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  • Clint DEMPSEY (74')

Referee Jorge LARRIONDA (URU)

Summary

The American dream realised

The American dream realised

USA caused another sensation at the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009, beating European champions Spain 2-0 to book a place in their first-ever world final. The Spaniards controlled possession at Bloemfontein's Free State Stadium, but the USA, losers of their first two games here in South Africa, played a brave and spirited 90 minutes in freezing temperatures, pulling off a historic ...

Highlights

Line-up

ESP
USA
Substitute(s)
Coaches
Vicente DEL BOSQUE (ESP)
(USA) Bob BRADLEY
Officials
  • Referee: Jorge LARRIONDA (URU)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Pablo FANDINO (URU)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Mauricio ESPINOSA (URU)
  • Fourth official: Coffi CODJIA (BEN)
  • Fifth official: Alexis FASSINOU (BEN)
  • Absent

Photos

  • Cesc Fabregas #10 of Spain is tackled by Michael Bradley #12 of USA
  • USA players gather together
  • Fernando Torres of Spain is consoled by goalie Tim Howard #1 of USA
  • USA captain Carlos Bocanegra celebrates after USA defeat Spain
  • Jay DeMerit of USA tackles David Villa of Spain
  • USA coach Bob Bradley during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 semi-final between Spain and USA.
  • Clint Dempsey of USA battles with Xabi Alonso of Spain
  • Fernando Torres (L) of Spain trudges past his teammates David Villa
  • Fernando Torres of Spain beats the tackle of Oguchi Onyewu of USA

Quotes

"We just beat the best team in the world, so we're going to be very fired up no matter who we meet in the final. It's great to reach a FIFA final for the first time, but we've played a lot of finals in our region. We won't feel any new pressure in this final here. We'll be ready to go," Landon Donovan, USA forward

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    STATISTICS
    SpainStatisticsUSA
    29Shots9
    17Corner kicks3
    2Yellow cards2
    0Second yellow card and red card0
    0Red Cards1
    56%Possession (%)44%