The USA created one of the most notable international football upsets in recent years when they defeated Spain 2-0 in the Confederations Cup on Wednesday, ending la Furia Roja’s remarkable unbeaten run. Indeed, it was a result so surprising, even Carlos Bocanegra can’t quite believe it.
“I'm still in a bit in disbelief to be honest,” Stade Rennais left-back Bocanegra stated according to Ligue 1’s official website. “We're in the final of a major competition. It really hasn't sunk in yet that it has happened.”
The USMNT's run has been truly remarkable. Beaten by Italy in their opening fixture, they seemed all but eliminated when they proceeded to lose their second match, which was against Brazil. A miraculous six-goal turnaround was required in the final round of games, incredibly occurring as they hammered Egypt 3-0 while Brazil dismantled Italy by the same scoreline.
Throughout the group stage, Bocanegra had been frustrated in the stands due to an injured hamstring, which was acquired in a World Cup qualifier against Honduras earlier this month, but he was fit in time for the final four clash.
Goals from Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey against Spain on Wednesday evening continued the Gold Cup winners’ remarkable saga in this competition in the semi-final. Such a success was made all the more remarkable as Michael Bradley was sent-off, meaning the USA finished the match a player light.
Sunday’s final will see the Americans meet the Selecao, who edged South Africa 1-0 in the second semi-final thanks to a late Dani Alves goal, aiming for revenge after a heavy 3-0 loss to the South Americans in their first meeting.
Robin Bairner, Goal.com
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