Co-hosts stake their claim
The Aussies could claim the greatest achievement, upstaging the WorldChampions from France with a famous 1-0 victory in Daegu to total six pointsfrom two matches and effectively book a spot in the semi-finals.
But Korea and Japan were not far behind in the list of honours. Korea registered a rousing 2-1 win that condemned the Confederations Cup holders,Mexico, to an early return home and kept Korea in contention for the lastfour. Meanwhile, Japan's Takayuki Suzuki scored both goals to toppleCameroon and not only eliminate the African champions but make sure ofJapan's own place in next week's semi-finals.
Another outsider team, Canada, also had reason to feel proud of themselves after clipping the wings of the formidable Brazilians with a goalless drawin Ibaraki.
Group A remains wide open, for while Australia have maximum points the French have goal difference in their favour and the Koreans have the wind in their sails, while in group B Japan are home and dry and Brazil have a three-point advantage over the gallant Canadians in the battle for secondspot.
Off the field, the Confederations Cup has proved its value so far as atesting-ground for next year's World Cup, with superb new stadiums andimmaculate playing surfaces and flawless organisation behind the scenes.