I hope you did take the opportunity to watch the Confederations Cup semi-final tonight, because it was a real turn up for the books. In a nice Fulham-related twist, our very own Clint Dempsey punihsed a shocking defensive lapse by Sergio Ramos to score the crucial second goal as the USA beat the European champions 2-0.
In an upset to rank alongside the USA’s famous win over England at Belo Horizonte in the 1950 World Cup, Bob Bradley defended magnificently to keep the Spaniards at bay and took their chances at the other end. Young striker Jozy Altidore grabbed the first with a smart piece of finishing and, as the match entered the final quarter of an hour, Ramos dallied on the ball inside his own six-yard box and Dempsey arrived to fire home the second from close range.
True to form, the States had to do it the hard way. Michael Bradley became the third American player to see red in the tournament when he was sent off late on – and he will miss the final. Remarkably, this was Spain’s first defeat in 36 games. They had won each of their last 15 fixtures and were odds-on to beat an American side who had only reached the knockout stages after an improbable six-goal swing in the final round of group matches.
The USA will play either Brazil or the hosts South Africa in the final.