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Confederations Cup anyone ???


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Japan fall to Zinha-inspired Mexico

June 16, 2005


HANNOVER, Germany (AFP) - Mexico stretched their unbeaten run to 19 matches with a 2-1 win over Zico's Japan in the Confederations Cup.

Atsushi Yanagisawa gave the Japanese an early lead before playmaker Zinha's exquisite equaliser, with Jose Fonseca bagging the second half winner to put Ricardo Lavolpe's side temporarily top of Group B before Thursday's late match between Brazil and Greece.

Mexico made life difficult for the Asian champions especially from the air, a fact Zico readily acknowledged.

"A big problem for us today were the high balls. We're going to have to work to correct that for the next game. It was difficult for our goalkeeper.

"I didn't expect to lose but I'm calm, not uptight about it. We'll go back now and prepare hard for our next match against Greece.

"Mexico had good ball play, especially Zinha who set up most of their play. It's not for nothing that their in the top ten of FIFA's rankings."

Lavolpe praised his side's mastery of the ball.

"We moved well and had very good control, which is the important thing.

"You always have to respect Japan, but we were a bit surprised by their speed at the start but we got stronger and became more aggressive."

Mexico, who beat Brazil to win the 1999 edition, were missing four first choice players on Copa Libertadores duty as well as injured Barcelona defender Rifael Marquez.

Japan, the first country to reserve their 2006 World Cup seat, welcomed back their best known stars, Fiorentina's Hidetoshi Nakata, and Shunsuke Nakamura, both suspended for their last game against North Korea.

Mexico went close to taking a seventh minute lead but Japan defender Akira Kaji headed away a floating shot from the right with keeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi beaten.

And the FC Tokyo player was soon instrumental in putting Japan ahead when in the 12th minute he burst down the right flank, crossing to the waiting Yanagisawa who deftly flicked the ball with his backheel past keeper Oswaldo.

Mexico levelled in the 39th minute when a high ball fell to Zinha outside the area and with the Japanese defence asleep the Brazil-born midfielder had what seemed an eternity before lobbing it into the top right hand corner well out of reach of Kawaguchi's grasping hands.

To honour Zinha's third international goal a Mexican wave, what else, rippled round the half empty stadium which numbered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger among the crowd.

West Brom's Atsuhiro Inamoto replaced Nakamura on the hour and the Premiership player was quick to get into the thick of things with a dangerous 30-yard shot which skimmed the wrong side of the crossbar.

But then second half substitute Luis Perez crossed a high ball into the box for Fonseca to head home in the 64th minute to get Mexico's Confed Cup camapign off to the perfect start.

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Mexico wait on Marquez fitness for Brazil rematch

By Kevin Fylan

NUREMBERG, Germany, June 18 (Reuters) - Mexico will probably be without captain Rafael Marquez when they confront memories of a stinging defeat by Brazil in Sunday's Confederations Cup clash with the world champions in Hanover.

Brazil were the last team to beat Mexico, back in July last year, when Adriano scored twice in a 4-0 rout in the quarter-finals of the Copa America.

Adriano scored another wonderful goal as the world champions produced the same sort of form to beat European champions Greece 3-0 in their opening Group B game on Thursday.

CONCACAF champions Mexico need Marquez back at the heart of the defence in Hanover but the Barcelona player, who missed their 2-1 win over Japan with a groin strain, is doubtful about his chances.

"It depends on how I feel on the eve of the game," he said. "I'm recovering but I don't want to risk coming back too soon and aggravating the injury."

Mexico coach Ricardo La Volpe admitted his side had been surprised by the speed of the Japanese forwards early in their opening group game.

Heaven knows how they will cope against Brazil, whose pinpoint passing and quicksilver running off the ball delighted fans in Leipzig.

Defeat by Brazil was the low point of La Volpe's spell in charge yet the Argentine coach is looking forward to the rematch for practical reasons rather than in the hope of revenge.

"It's important to play the strongest teams in a competition like this," La Volpe said. "We have to get through qualifying yet but we want to see how we fare against the best teams ahead of the World Cup."

Brazil were clearly enjoying themselves against Greece and coach Carlos Alberto Parreira wants to ensure there will be no let up in intensity against Mexico.

"We've come here to enhance our reputation and reach the final," Parreira said.

One intriguing aspect of the match will be the presence in the Mexico lineup of Sao Paulo-born forward Zinha, who scored an eye-catching goal of his own as he picked up the man of the match award against Japan.

Greece's defeat was a chastening experience and Otto Rehhagel faces selection problems as he tries to revive the team's hopes of a semi-final place by beating Japan in Frankfurt on Sunday.

Captain Theodoros Zagorakis is due to play for his Italian club Bologna in a relegation playoff on Saturday and he is unlikely to be in any condition to appear again 24 hours later.

Giourkas Seitaridis, who came off at halftime against Brazil with a knee injury, and Sotirios Kyrgiakos are both doubtful.

"We've not given up hope," said Seitaridis. "We have to go out and beat Japan."

Japan's Brazilian coach Zico was disappointed with the way his players defended against Mexico's use of high balls in their first game and he wants to see an improvement.

"We have to work on that for the Greece game," he said. "We made life very difficult for our goalkeeper."

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Mexico reach semis after 1-0 win over Brazil

By Mike Collett

HANOVER, Germany, June 19 (Reuters) - Jared Borgetti turned from villain to hero as his goal gave Mexico a stunning 1-0 win over world champions Brazil to seal a place in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup on Sunday.

Borgetti, who failed to score in the first half despite taking a penalty three times, emerged as Mexico's match-winner by glancing home a 59th-minute header when he escaped his marker Kaka and left goalkeeper Dida stranded.

Mexico, who defended superbly and in goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez had the man of the match, are now unbeaten in 19 matches since Brazil beat them 4-0 in the Copa America last July.

Mexico, who face Greece in their last group match in Frankfurt on Wednesday, join hosts Germany and Argentina in the semi-finals, after they qualified from Group A on Saturday.

Brazil will meet Japan in Cologne, also on Wednesday, to decide who takes the remaining place in the last four.

"I've been the coach of the Mexican team for three years and it is very satisfying to see we are growing and able to beat the very big teams," said Argentine Ricardo La Volpe.

"We're getting better yet we play with the same style. We play the same way whether its against a small or big country."

DIFFICULT MATCH

Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, who according to some records was in charge of his 100th international, said:

"They made it a very difficult match for us. They are in except physical condition and they have very good coordination on the ball as well. Very good ball skills.

"At the same time we had several opportunities that could have been converted and changed the game but we simply didn't convert them."

A superb match full of attacking and creative soccer played on a balmy night in northern Germany ended with Mexico top of Group B with six points followed by Brazil and Japan on three and Greece, who are bottom with none.

Both teams had plenty of chances on Sunday with a total of 27 shots or headers on goal but while Mexico found the net the Brazilians squandered all of their 19 goal attempts.

They were unfortunate to be denied an equaliser after 68 minutes, though, when Adriano was ruled just offside after powering in a header from a Kaka cross.

Ronaldinho, who tried to inspire his team without much reward, summed up their night afterwards.

"We created lots of chances but they took advantage of a set piece and scored. We have to train hard to avoid making the same mistakes again."

PENALTY DRAMA

All that was missing from a first half full of attacking football and chances for both teams was a goal, although one should have been scored after 30 minutes.

Mexico were awarded a penalty by Italian referee Roberto Rosetti after Roque Junior clumsily bundled Borgetti over as they chased down a loose ball.

Borgetti slammed the penalty past goalkeeper Dida but Rosetti ruled that Mexico's Francisco Fonseca had encroached on the kick and ordered a re-take.

As he did before the first kick, Borgetti looked to the skies for inspiration but then slammed his spot kick against the bar. Rosetti again signalled a re-take because Dida had moved off his line.

So for the third time Borgetti glanced upwards for help but Dida was the one whose prayers were answered as he saved the third penalty by diving high to his right and punching the ball out for a corner.

At the other end Adriano had two clear-cut chances and was denied only by Sanchez's fingertips after 39 minutes when racing through on goal, the keeper turning his low shot just round the post.

The striker should have done better with another effort when he sent the ball high and wide with time and space on his side.

Robinho, Ronaldinho and Adriano all wasted chances with some wayward shooting or were thwarted by excellent defending.

Aaron Galindo, Ricardo Osorio and Carlos Salcido were outstanding at the back for Mexico who finished by far the stronger team, brimming with confidence and elated at a job well done.

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Mexico aiming to top Group B, make four changes


FRANKFURT, Germany, June 22 (Reuters) - Mexico coach Ricardo La Volpe made four changes -- two of them enforced -- for his team's final Group B Confederations Cup match against Greece on Wednesday.

Mexico, who have already qualified for the semi-finals after winning their two opening matches against Japan (2-1) and Brazil (1-0), will finish top of the group if they avoid defeat against European champions Greece who have been eliminated after losing to both Brazil (0-3) and Japan (0-1).

They are also aiming to go 20 matches unbeaten for the first time in their international history.

La Volpe will be without defenders Aaron Galindo and Salvador Carmona, who have been dropped from the squad for indiscipline.

The 23-year-old Galindo played against Japan and Brazil as a replacement for the injured Rafael Marquez, while Carmona, 29, is an established international who played at the last two World Cups.

La Volpe also rested two of the successes of this tournament -- Zinha and Jared Borgetti -- who have both scored one goal each.

The four players coming in are defender Mario Mendez and midfielders Juan Pablo Rodriguez, Jaime Lozano and Luis Perez.

Greece coach Otto Rehhagel made five changes to his side that lost 1-0 to Japan here on Sunday and will be hoping to leave the competition with some pride restored after having so far failed to collect a point or a goal.

Greece: 1-Antonis Nikopolidis; 18-Yiannis Goumas, 19-Mikhalis Kapsis, 14-Panagiotis Fyssas, 3-Loukas Vintra; 6-Angelos Basinas, 8-Stelios Giannakopoulos, 7-Theodoros Zagorakis, 17-Ioannis Amanatidis; 15-Zisis Vryzas, 9-Angelos Haristeas

Mexico: 1-Oswaldo Sanchez; 5-Ricardo Osorio, 16-Mario Mendez, 3-Carlos Salcido; 8-Pavel Pardo, 22-Luis Perez, 20-Juan Pablo Rodriguez, 11-Ramon Morales, 14-Gonzalo Pineda, 21-Jaime Lozano; 17-Jose Fonseca.

Referee: Carlos Amarilla (Paraguay)

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Brasil is in the FINAL....beating Germany 3x2 today ... their foe will be the winner of the Argentina Vs Mexico game sunday.

At ANY rate...the FINAL will be an ALL LATIN AFFAIR !!!!!!!!!!!!! and the semis 1/2 a Latin Affair !!!


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Brasil and ARgentina ... the EPIC continues !!!!!!!!!!!

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The southamerican derby :eekani:

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I cant beleive it

Brazil 4 : 1 Argentina

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Why not? Brazil is football.
Argentina might have lost this one ...But my neighbors are MORE futebol than Brasil...Any day !!!!! ..

Their League is up there where most of the lanky europeans rank high !!!

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