The names of the four semi-finalists for the Confederations Cup being currently held in South Africa were known last night. They are namely: Spain, South Africa, Brazil and the surprise-packet, USA.
This competition started with 2 groups:
Grp A: Irak- champions of Asia, Spain- European champions, South Africa- host country, and New Zealand- Oceania champions.
Grp B: Brazil- South American champions, Egypt- African champions, Italy- World champions and USA- North American champions.
Spain and Brazil were already qualified after playing only 2 games in their groups, and on Saturday by beating the host country, Spain made it 9pts out of 9, and broke the world record for unbeaten matches in a row (15: new record). South Africa managed to qualify despite losing due to the 0-0 match between Irak and N.Zealand.
Last night Brazil faced Italy, and this was a crucial match for the Italians, since Brazil had 6 pts and already qualified, while Italy and Egypt had 3pts each, with USA 0, and any of these 3 teams could qualify. Brazil were however ruthless to the world champions, beating them 3-0, all goals in the 1st half, and claiming all 9pts in the group, while USA beat Egypt 3-0 as well, obtaining 3pts and qualifying on better goal differences.
So the semis will oppose Spain to USA on Wednesday, while Brazil take on South Africa on Thursday, and may likely produce a final between Spain and Brazil, unless a major upset is produced by the 2 outsiders 😛