Spain 0 – 2 United States

“The United States stunned top-ranked Spain 2-0 Wednesday night on goals by Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, advancing to the Confederations Cup final with one of the Americans’ biggest soccer victories. Altidore scored in the 27th minute and Dempsey added a goal in the 74th as the Americans became the first team to defeat Spain since Romania in November 2006.” (ESPN)

Spain 0 – 2 United States: The Gift Outright (The Run of Play)
“They didn’t play like green-eyed soldiers of beauty, but this wasn’t Chelsea taking tire irons to Barcelona, either. Especially in the first half, before the fatigue and stress started plinking their way up the keyboard, they had some attacking intent. I’d assumed the tactical thinking would be that the easiest way not to lose to the world’s best midfield would be to avoid the midfield entirely, but during the great 25-odd-minute spell leading up to Altidore’s goal, they somehow found space to exploit, kept possession, and actually dribbled at Spain rather than rainbowing rockets over them.” 

Spain 0-2 USA (BBC)
“USA caused one of the biggest surprises in Confederations Cup history by beating European champions Spain to reach Sunday’s final. Jozy Altidore scored the opener when he turned his marker Joan Capdevila to fire in from 15 yards. Fulham’s Clint Dempsey doubled the lead in the second half when he converted Landon Donovan’s pass from close range.”

Americans Stun Spain and Gain Final (NYT)
“A surprise advance to the semifinals of the Confederations Cup seemed to awaken the United States’ belief in itself. Previous caution strengthened into assertiveness Wednesday as the Americans earned one of their greatest victories, a startling 2-0 win over Spain, the world’s top-ranked soccer team.”

United States beats Spain 2-0 (seattle pi)
“The United States stunned top-ranked Spain 2-0 Wednesday night on goals by Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, advancing to the Confederations Cup final with one of the Americans’ biggest soccer victories. Altidore scored in the 27th minute and Dempsey added a goal in the 74th as the Americans became the first team to defeat Spain since Romania in November 2006.”

Confederations Cup Live Blog: Spain 0-2 United States (SI)
“It is finished. Spain’s 35-match unbeaten streak ends on a frigid night in Bloemfontein, where the United States men’s national team has engineered an improbable 2-0 upset of the reigning European champions. Goals from Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey have given the United States its most improbable upset since tipping England in the 1950 World Cup.”

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