Beating Brazil a big step

ROB BRODIE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:24 AM ET

OTTAWA -- American soccer took another giant leap forward in stunning fashion last night at Frank Clair Stadium. But a miracle on turf?

Far from it on this evening.

The U.S. was full value for this latest bit of soccer history, a 2-1 takedown of mighty Brazil that has thrown the FIFA U-20 World Cup into a full state of turmoil.

Shockingly, the Americans head to the second round of the tournament as Group D champions. Brazil, the oddsmakers' choice to win its fifth U-20 global crown, slipped to third in the wake of Poland's 1-1 draw with South Korea in Montreal, but will likely still qualify because they have three points and the top four third-place finishers get in.

"Soccer is more globalized now," Brazil coach Nelson Rodrigues through a translator. "There are no weak teams out there now. It's not easy winning games in your group."

As for the U.S. it was their first-ever U-20 World Cup triumph over Brazil.

"To beat the giants, Brazil ... for our country, it's very important to help push football to a higher level," said U.S. coach Thomas Rongen.

They'd lost the previous three U-20 matchups to Brazil by two goals or more.

The sellout throng of 26,500 should have known it was in for something different when talented U.S. forward Josmer Altidore blew a shot past Brazil keeper Cassio for the game's opening goal in the 25th minute.

Brazil broke through in the 65th minute when Renato Augusto's shot dribbled in while two players collided with the U.S. keeper.

U.S. star Freddy Adu, who outshone Brazilian counterpart Alexandre Pato, turned two defenders inside out with a breath-taking move and put a cross to Altidore for the winner in the 81st minute.


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