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  • DANI ALVES (88')

Referee Massimo BUSACCA (SUI)

Summary

Daniel Alves fires Brazil into final

Daniel Alves fires Brazil into final

Brazil edged South Africa 1-0 in a very tight semi-final thanks to Daniel Alves's brilliant late free-kick. The Barcelona wing-back only entered the fray in the latter stages, but his 88th-minute rocket finally undid goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune. The game kicked off to the sound of vuvuzelas reverberating around the stadium, and within seconds, so too was the roar of 'Booooooth' ...

Highlights

Line-up

BRA
RSA
Substitute(s)
Coaches
DUNGA (BRA)
(BRA) Joel SANTANA
Officials
  • Referee: Massimo BUSACCA (SUI)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Matthias ARNET (SUI)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Francesco BURAGINA (SUI)
  • Fourth official: Benito ARCHUNDIA (MEX)
  • Fifth official: Hector VERGARA (CAN)
  • Not eligible to play
  • Injured

Photos

  • Maicon and Siphiwe Tshabalala during the 2009 Confederations Cup semi-final match between South Africa and Brazil
  • Itumeleng Khune of South Africa looks on
  • Kaka of Brazil shakes hands with Matthew Booth of South Africa
  • Lucio (R) of Brazil celebrates victory with teammate Luisao
  • Steven Pienaar looks dejected
  • Bernard Parker of South Africa and Andre Santos of Brazil compete
  • South African goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune reacts after Brazilian defender Daniel Alves scores.
  • Teko Modise of South Africa places the ball down for a corner.
  • Ramires of Brazil in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009.

Quotes

"I'm always practising free-kicks in training and it was all down to that. I made my little contribution to the victory and that's the main thing. The celebration was for my children. Everything I do is for them." Dani Alves, Brazil defender

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    STATISTICS
    BrazilStatisticsSouth Africa
    17Shots14
    5Corner kicks4
    3Yellow cards1
    0Second yellow card and red card0
    0Red Cards0
    53%Possession (%)47%