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SALVADOR---Coach Luiz Felipe
Scolari is working hard to make
sure Brazil doesn t get too upbeat
after winning its first three
matches at the Confederations
The national team is being
praised by fans and local media
across the country, but Scolari
knows that his squad is not at its
best yet and that the difficulties
will increase as the World Cup
warm-up competition enters its
Scolari was trying to keep Brazil
from getting ahead of itself not
long after it defeated Italy 4-2 on
Saturday to win Group A, saying
loud and clear that the team still
has to improve.
"With this victory we gain more
confidence and the fans have more
trust in us," Scolari said. "But
there's still a lot to improve and
we can't get too excited about it.
We won this one match. We are
on the right track."
Brazil also beat Japan and Mex-
ico in the first stage. It had already
secured a spot in the semifinals
even before the Italy match in Sal-
vador. "I would like to see my team
improve in certain areas," Scolari
said. "Neymar has played very well.
But I believe we can do better. I
would like to see the whole team
Neymar, touted as the future of
Brazilian football and the player
carrying Brazil's hopes at next
year's World Cup, has scored a
goal in each of the first three
matches and has been the highlight
of the Brazilian attack. The two
goals conceded against Italy were
the first for the defense, although
it looked vulnerable at times in the
first two matches.
Regardless of how Brazil played,
the victory against Italy made
headlines in newspapers across the
"Brazil shines," read a front-
page headline at the A Tarde news-
paper in Salvador.
"Brazil united," published the
Correio, also from Salvador, mak-
ing reference to both the national
team and the protests sweeping
the nation in recent days.
But Scolari knows that the three
victories should not give the
impression that Brazil is an unbeat-
able team. On Saturday, Italy was
without several key players. Scolari
had already put the opening 3-0
victory against Japan in perspective
because the Japanese arrived just
a few days before the match after
playing a World Cup qualifier in
Against Mexico, Brazil had a
narrow lead until an injury-time
goal sealed the 2-0 victory.
"Brazil is ready for the semifinal,"
Scolari said. "We've made it with
a team with good technical and
tactical quality and with a lot of
confidence. But it's not a team that
is ready to face many of situations
that we will encounter ahead,
especially in the World Cup."
By winning Group A, Brazil likely
avoided World Cup Spain in the
semifinals and will probably face
Uruguay, the defending South
American champion, which
received a lot of praise from the
"From what our scout has said,
Uruguay is the most complete
team," Scolari said. "It's well posi-
tioned tactically and it will pose a
lot of difficulties. We will have to
be very careful. It's a very good
Scolari tries to contain
Brazil euphoria after win
Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, right, shakes hand with Neymar after he
was substituted during the football Confederations Cup group A match between
Italy and Brazil at Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday. Brazil won 4-
2. AP PHOTO
ISTANBUL---Iraq stunned Eng-
land with a goal in the dying sec-
onds to earn a hard-fought 2-2
draw in the Under-20 World Cup
yesterday, denying the English
their first win in the competition
It was a bitter blow for England,
which has had a miserable run at
the Under-20 World Cup, even
failing to score in the last compe-
tition two years ago.
A win would have also lifted
some pressure off the Football
Association following its under-
21 team being knocked out early
at the European Championships
earlier this month.
The English started well and
were the better side for long
stretches of the Group E match,
using their physical size and strong
passing game to cause headaches
for the Iraqi defense.
England took the lead when a
corner was headed by Harry Kane
to allow captain Conor Coady to
score in the 41st minute. England
doubled its lead in the 52nd cour-
tesy of a nifty run by Kane. He
rushed down the right side and
fed a charging Luke Williams, who
tapped the ball in for what seemed
an insurmountable 2-0 lead.
But after England goalkeeper
Samuel Johnstone brought down
Mohanad Abdulraheem in the area,
Ali Faez sent the spot kick into the
upper part of the net to cut the
lead in half. And in the third
minute of injury time, Ali Adnan
weaved his way past four defenders
in the area and fired a shot that
glanced off Johnstone and went
into the net.
That set off wild celebrations
among the Iraqi fans and prompted
Iraqi coach Hakeem al-Azzawi to
Also, 10-man Chile came from
behind to beat Egypt 2-1 while
Croatia upset Uruguay 1-0.
The African champions struck
first. Hassan Ahmed won the ball
inside the South Americans' half
and slid a through ball to Mah-
moud Kahraba, who slotted home
in the 10th minute. Chile drew
level in the 25th when Nicolas
Castillo's right-foot shot deflected
off Egypt captain Rabia Ramy and
looped into the net.
Egypt had the better chances in
the second half but it was Chilean
substitute Christian Bravo who
made the difference. He controlled
a pass from Bryan Rabello's knock-
down, moved across the penalty
area and fired a right-foot shot
into the far corner of the net.
In Group F, Croatia missed an
early penalty but still beat Uruguay,
considered one of the favorites to
After a listless opening 20 min-
utes, Croatia had the first oppor-
tunity when Dario Canadija
received a ball behind the defense
but was clipped by Gaston Silva.
Marko Livaja's penalty hit the
inside of the post and then goal-
keeper Guillermo De Amores
before being cleared.
Livaja made up for the miss in
the 41st when his pass deflected
off Manchester United's Guillermo
Varela and into the path of Ante
Rebic, who scored.
Uruguay wasted several good
chances in the second half, includ-
ing Diego Rolan's diving header
that forced a one-handed save
from Oliver Zelenika plus an over-
head kick from Giorgian De Arras-
caeta that he couldn't keep down.
The team's final chance came
when Diego Laxalt cut the ball
back for substitute Nicolas Lopez's
close-range shot to hit the post.
Uzbekistan downed New
Zealand 3-0 through the inspired
play of midfielder Abbosbek
Makhstaliev, who scored one goal
and set up another.
The Asian runner-ups scored
when Maxime Crocombe sent the
ball to Igor Sergeev, whose shot
was blocked by Crocombe.
Makhstaliev was able to tap in the
rebound in the 14th minute.
Makhstaliev then passed to
Sergeeve, who scored in the 53rd.
The Uzbeks added a third in the
67th when Diyorjon Turapov's shot
was deflected off midfielder Tim
Payne and over the goalkeeper.
UNDER-20 WORLD CUP
Iraq draw 2-2 with England
FORTALEZA---Italy s players are
still waiting to be told whether they
will be allowed to venture outside
the team hotel in Fortaleza following
a security lockdown in the previous
Brazilian city where the team played.
The team arrived yesterday at the
northern venue for the Confedera-
tions Cup semifinal against Spain
and immediately held a training ses-
Fullback Christian Maggio says,
"I'm not sure if they'll let us out here.
We just arrived and we're not exactly
sure what the program is yet. True,
we didn't go out in Salvador for secu-
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli kept
the squad confined to the hotel in
Salvador on the advice of authorities
following widespread anti-govern-
ment demonstrations over the past
week throughout Brazil.
Italy's semifinal is scheduled for
Thursday, so the squad has five days
in Fortaleza. (AP)
BERLIN---Former Germany defender
Arne Friedrich says he is retiring from
professional football and has asked
the Chicago Fire to terminate his con-
tract for the MLS team.
The 34-year-old Friedrich wrote on
his website yesterday that he took the
decision after "much consideration and
consultation" with his doctors.
He said he has experienced increasing
back pain in recent weeks. He added:
"With two herniated disks in my lower
back, I am no longer able to fulfill the
demands of a professional soccer play-
er."Friedrich formerly played for Hertha
Berlin and Wolfsburg. He made 82
appearances for Germany. (AP)
Italy players unsure
about security lockdown
Former Germany defender
Arne Friedrich retires
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