27 June, 2013 - 07:54

Confederations’ Cup results: Tottenham-bound Paulinho leads Brazil into final (video highlights)

Confederations’ Cup results: Tottenham-bound Paulinho leads Brazil into final (video highlights)

Paulinho scored a dramatic late header in the Confederations’ Cup semi-final against Uruguay to bring his side a crucial 2-1 victory and lead them to the final of the tournament.

Uruguay delivered an impressive defensive display to keep Brazil’s attackers at the bay for the log spells, however a lapse in concentration by the end of the game allowed Selecao secure a crucial victory. La Celeste could have broken the deadlock after 13 minutes, however veteran striker Diego Forlan missed the penalty, awarded after David Luiz brought down Diego Lugano in the penalty area. Fred put Brazil into lead just before the final whistle, scoring off the rebound after Neymar’s effort has been denied by Muslera. Cavani leveled the scoring three minutes into the second half with a low shot into the far corner.

With Uruguay growing as the game was nearing to an end, it was Corinthians star Paulinho who broke Uruguay’s hearts. Midfielder, who has been strongly linked with a move to Tottenham, rose at the far post to send Neymar’s corner into the net in the 86th minute.

The result means Brazil are into the final, where they will try to secure their third back-to-back Confederations’ Cup title against either Italy or Spain.

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Author: Basil Naumov

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