22 Jun 2009

Superb Brazil send Italy out of Cup

9:06 am on 22 June 2009

Brazil has knocked the World Cup holders Italy out of football's Confederations Cup in South Africa with three quick goals just before halftime while United States qualified after a shock 3-0 win over Egypt..

Strikes from Luis Fabiano after 37 and 43 minutes and an own goal from Andrea Dossena just before the interval in Pretoria left Brazil top of Group B and set up a semi-final against South Africa in Johannesburg on Friday.

Italy's fate depended on the result of the match between Egypt and the United States in Rustenburg.

The Americans started the night bottom of the group with no points after two losses but qualified ahead of Egypt and Italy on goal difference.

They'll play Spain in Bloemfontein on Thursday.