Brazil win Confederations Cup

Brazil crushed Argentina 4-1 to win the Confederations Cup.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:52 IST
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Adriano scored twice as World Cup champion Brazil put on a show of scoring and soccer artistry Wednesday to beat traditional rival Argentina 4-1 and win the Confederations Cup. Facing the team they most like to beat, the Brazilians repeatedly tore through the Argentina defence. Kaka and Ronaldinho also scored while Robinho, the other member of Brazil's talented strike force, hit the crossbar. Adriano leads Adriano, who also scored twice in the 3-2 semifinal victory over Germany, wound up the tournament's top scorer with five goals. Argentina's lone goal came from substitute Pablo Aimar in the 65th minute with his team already 4-0 down. Two hours after Michael Ballack's extra time-free kick in Leipzig gave Germany a thrilling 4-3 victory over Mexico to capture third place, Ronaldinho collected the winners' trophy in Frankfurt as Brazil partially made up for a 3-1 World Cup qualifying loss to Argentina in Buenos Aires three weeks ago. Because of a thunderstorm, organizers closed the roof which made this FIFA's first final played indoors. But the heavy rain still leaked through onto the pitch, sending photographers and fans scampering for cover before a 45,591-sellout at the newly built Waldstadion. Argentine defence crumbles The Argentina defence was also full of holes as Adriano gave Brazil the lead in the 11th minute. The Inter Milan striker collected a ball from Cicinho, turned inside between two defenders, leaped over a third and then fired a powerful left-foot shot from the edge of the area to beat goalkeeper German Lux. Five minutes later it was 2-0 with another spectacular long-range strike. Kaka took a short pass from Robinho, his first touch took him into a perfect shooting position and he fired a rising shot into the top corner from 20 meters. Goals galore Although Inter Milan defender Javier Zanetti shot narrowly wide before halftime, Brazil made it 3-0 just two minutes into the second half. Cicinho broke down the right and Ronaldinho was first to meet his cross, turning the ball home from eight yards with Argentine defenders again slow to react. Fabricio Coloccini should have pulled a goal back within two minutes when a cross came to him just wide of goal, but he drove the ball high over the bar. Robinho should have scored a fourth in the 57th minute when he dribbled into a shooting position only to hit the bar from the edge of the area. The fourth goal arrived in the 63rd minute when Cicinho floated a cross from the right, and Adriano jumped to beat Gabriel Heinze and headed home from six yards. Argentina finally replied two minutes later when Zanetti and Cesar Delgado combined on the right, and Aimar scored with a brave, diving header from 12 yards. Chasing a hat trick, Adriano forced Argentina 'keeper Germany Lux into a diving save with another powerful left-footed strike with 12 minutes to go, and then defender Lucio turned a Ronaldinho corner just wide of the post. (AP)