25 Jun 2009

US stun Spanish footballers

12:02 pm on 25 June 2009

The United States shocked Spain 2-nil to book a place in the Confederations Cup football final and end the European champions record-breaking win streak.

A first half strike from Villarreal's Jozy Altidore and another 16 minutes from time by Fulham's Clint Dempsey did the damage in what will go down as one of the biggest victories in US football history.

They also had a flawless performance by Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard and a commendable defensive display to thank for earning them a shot at the trophy against either Brazil or hosts South Africa.

The result ended Spain's record of 15 consecutive wins but also prevented them from surpassing Brazil's 35-match unbeaten run.

Spain will have to be content with going into the history books level with the South Americans after their first loss since November 15th, 2006.

Brazil and South Africa play their semi-final tomorrow morning.