Confederations Cup

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• Adriano found the back of the net
• Adriano found the back of the net

Brazil won their second trophy in this competition, following an emphatic 6-0 thrashing of Australia in 1997, by convincingly defeating Argentina in the final of the 2005 edition. It only took 11 minutes for the best striker in the world, Adriano, to find the back of the net. Kaka quickly added a second, Ronaldinho made it three, and it was game set and match when Adriano scored his second well into the second half, to leave Argentina reeling 4-0 down. A consolation goal from Aimar could not mask the fact that, on this occasion, Argentina had been taught a harsh lesson re-establishing the South American pecking order.

In the game for third and fourth places in Leipzig, hosts Germany just got the better of a combative Mexican side. Coach Juigen Klinsmann’s young stars vindicated his adventurous selection policy – Lukas Podolski, Sebastian Schweinsteiger and Robert Huth were all on target before captain Michael Ballack put an end to stiff Mexican opposition in extra time, winning the encounter 4-3 despite Hanks’s 54th minute expulsion.

Brazil striker Adriano finished the tournament as top scorer on five goals, also being voted best player of the competition ahead of Argentinean’s Riquelme and world footballer of the year, Ronaldinho. 1″>news