Keeping blunder gives Brazil first competitive win in Uruguay

June 7, 2009

“Brazil capitalised on an early blunder by goalkeeper Sebastian Viera to thrash Uruguay 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday and claim their first away win against their smaller neighbours for 33 years. Daniel Alves scored early when his speculative 40-metre shot bounced around six metres in front of goal, was completely misjudged by Viera and flew into the net.” (ESPN)

In a Busy World, Brazil Discovers the Will to Work (NYT)
“The 2010 World Cup in South Africa is beginning to take shape. The first four nations to qualify for the tournament are Australia, Japan, the Netherlands and South Korea. With due respect to them, this is relatively easy in their parts of the world. They are the expected qualifiers, big fish in their qualifying pools.”

Brazil serve up lethal cocktail in Uruguay (Guardian)
“Brazil served up another lethal cocktail of uncompromising defence and clinical counter-attacks in their unprecedented 4-0 win in Uruguay on Saturdau. Brazil soaked up the first-half pressure in Montevideo and found themselves 2-0 up at halftime on the way to their first win in Uruguay since 1976.”

Away joy for South American trio (FIFA)
“Visiting sides held the ascendancy in the latest round of qualifying matches in South America, with three of the four away teams in action on Saturday recording valuable wins on the road.”

Uruguay-Brazil, an old classic renovated with World Cup dreams (CONMEBOL)
“Uruguay’s national team will almost reach 50 goals, scored this season by its forwards Diego Forlán and Luis Suárez in Europe, in front of the best defense in the Qualifiers, that of Brazil that has only received 5 in twelve rounds, in a key match for both.”

Latest Photos (FIFA)

Argentina do just enough, but scare no one (ESPN)
“An improved second half performance from Argentina cemented them in third position in the South American qualifying group.”

Top spot surrendered by Paraguay (ESPN)
“Paraguay were knocked off the top of the South American World Cup qualifying group after a shock 2-0 home defeat to Chile on Sunday.”

Bolivia back down to earth (ESPN)
“Bolivia stumbled to a 1-0 home loss to a well-prepared Venezuela in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday, the high-flying hosts given a cold dose of reality after their stunning 6-1 win over Argentina two months ago.”

U.S. 2-1 Honduras: Bocanegra heads winner

June 7, 2009

“Clint Dempsey flubbed a backheel five minutes in, Honduras pounced on it and the United States fell behind early for the second time in four days. ‘Here we go again,’ U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra thought. Only this time, for the first time in 24 years, the Americans came from behind to win a World Cup qualifier.”(ESPN)

World Cup Qualifying: U.S. 2, Honduras 1 (NYT)
“Pregame United States Coach Bob Bradley made four changes to his lineup for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Honduras, dropping DeMarcus Beasley and Marvell Wynne in an attempt to tighten up the defense. Mistakes by Beasley and Wynne led to two goals by Costa Rica in first 13 minutes of the Americans’ 3-0 loss on Wednesday. Jonathan Spector and Jonathan Bornstein replaced them in the starting lineup on Saturday night.”

USA rallies to beat Honduras 2-1, extends home streak against CONCACAF opponents (CONCACAF)
“Carlos Bocanegra scored his 11th international goal in the 68th minute to give the United States a 2-1 victory over El Salvador on Saturday, recovering from its loss three days earlier in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.”

Mexico woe as Ticos roll (FIFA)
“It was another action-packed night in the North, Central American and Caribbean zone. Costa Rica were made to work for their three points on the road in Tobago while the United States survived an early scare to beat Honduras in Chicago, with Mexico – struggling woefully in 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifying – losing out 2-1 in El Salvador. Join for a closer look at all the evening’s action from CONCACAF.”

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifier: USA – Honduras (FIFA)

El Salvador 2-1 Mexico: Quintanilla stuns El Tri (ESPN)
“Eliseo Quintanilla scored on a penalty kick in the 85th minute to lift El Salvador to a critical 2-1 victory over Mexico on Saturday in a World Cup qualifier. The result gives El Salvador some hope of reaching next year’s World Cup finals in South Africa, while plunging Mexico into a deeper hole.”

Late penalty lifts El Salvdor 2-1, continues Mexico’s woes (CONCACAF)
“A dramatic penalty kick with four minutes remaining by Eliseo Quintanilla lifted El Salvador to an emotional 2-1 win against Mexico at Estadio Cuscatlan Saturday night. Quintanilla struck from the spot after Mexican defender Oscar Rojas blocked Julio Martinez’s cross while sliding near the end line.

T & T 2-3 Costa Rica: Borges nets brace (ESPN)
“Celso Borges scored twice, including a tiebreaking goal in the 68th minute, and Costa Rica defeated Trinidad and Tobago 3-2 in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday night.”