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Paulinho wins it late

Thu., June 27, 2013

Midfielder Paulinho scored on a header from Neymar’s corner kick in the 86th minute, and Brazil beat Uruguay 2-1 at Mineiro Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on Wednesday night to reach Sunday’s Confederations Cup final. Diego Forlan could have put Uruguay ahead in the 14th minute, but goalkeeper Julio Cesar (pictured, No. 12) dove to his left to stop Forlan’s low penalty kick after Brazilian defender David Luiz was called for holding Diego Lugano during a Uruguay corner kick. Brazil took the lead in the 41st. Neymar brought down Paulinho’s high pass inside the Uruguay box and forced goalkeeper Fernando Muslera into a tricky save, but the rebound fell to Fred (pictured, right) who one-touched it into the net. Edinson Cavani took advantage of sloppy defending to tie the score three minutes into the second half. – AP


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