Brazil won the FIFA Confederations Cup for
the second time, beating Argentina 4-1 Wednesday night behind a pair of
goals by Adriano.
Kaka and Ronaldinho also scored for the defending World Cup champions,
who played the tournament without top forward Ronaldo, taking a break
following his Spanish League season with Real Madrid, and other stars
such as Roberto Carlos and Cafu.
"It's wonderful for Brazil to have so many talented forwards," Brazil
coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said. "We have many good players, and I
don't think other teams have so many, so I think that it's a good
problem. We have good replacements. It's wonderful."
Adriano, who led the tournament with five goals, scored in the 11th
minute when collected a ball from Cicinho, turned inside between two
defenders, jumped over a third and beat goalkeeper German Lux with a
powerful left-footed shot from the edge of the penalty. Adriano got
another goal in the 63rd when he outjumped Gabriel Heinze and headed in
Cicinho's cross from six yards.
Kaka scored from 20 yards in the 16th minute off a short pass from
Robinho, and Ronaldinho headed Cicinho's cross into the goal in the
47th. Robinho nearly scored in the 57th minute, hitting the crossbar.
"We put on a great show," Ronaldinho said. "It was our best performance
of the competition."
Pablo Aimar got Argentina's goal in the 65th minute.
"Despite the defeat, there are many positive aspects that Argentina hope
to take from the Confederations Cup experience," Argentina coach Jose
Brazil, a five-time World Cup champion, also won this tournament in
Even though the roof was closed at the newly built Waldstadion, one of
the sites of next year's World Cup, rain from a thunderstorm leaked onto
In the third-place game at Leipzig, Michael Ballack scored on a free
kick seven minutes into overtime to lead Germany over Mexico 4-3.
Lukas Podolski, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Robert Huth also scored for
Germany, which played a man short after Mike Hanke was ejected in the
Jared Borgetti scored twice and Jose Fonseca once for Mexico, which tied
the game three times after trailing.
"We had tremendous performances in this tournament," Mexico's coach
Ricardo La Volpe said. "We played very well and we played against big
teams and we always believed in ourselves."