1999 FIFA Confederations Cup Final

The 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup Final was a football match to determine the winners of the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, was the fourth FIFA Confederations Cup, and the second organised by FIFA, a quadrennial international men's football tournament organised by FIFA. The match was held at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, on 4 August 1999,[3] and was contested by the winners of the semi-finals, Mexico and Brazil.[4]

1999 FIFA Confederations Cup Final
Estadio Azteca 1.JPG
The Estadio Azteca hosted the final.
Event1999 FIFA Confederations Cup
Date4 August 1999
VenueEstadio Azteca, Mexico City
RefereeAnders Frisk (Sweden)[1]
Attendance110,000[2]
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Mexico won the match 4–3,[5] earning their first title in history and being the first CONCACAF team to win the tournament.

BackgroundEdit

This was the first time Mexico had defeated Brazil in a FIFA tournament final. Prior to the tournament, Mexico never won a major FIFA tournament, but came close to in the second edition (also the last edition) of the King Fahd Cup, ending up in third place, under Denmark and Argentina.

For Brazil, this was their second and consecutive final after beating Australia in the 1997 Confederations Cup Final, making them the first team to win the tournament, since FIFA took over the King Fahd Cup.

MexicoEdit

This marked the first time Mexico qualified to the tournament final, and the first time a CONCACAF representative would reach the final.

In their tournament debut, Mexico won 5–1 in their first match against Saudi Arabia. Later, they tied in a disappointing game 2–2 against Egypt, that got a dramatic equalizer in the last five minutes. For their last group stage match, Bolivia were their rivals, beating them 1–0 in the 52nd minute, that gave Mexico a total of seven points. Then in the semi-finals, United States stood in Mexico's way, but were later defeated 1–0 by golden goal, scored in the 97' minute that gave Mexico the first ticket to the final.

BrazilEdit

Meanwhile, this was the second consecutive final for Brazil. They were looking forward on winning their second Confederations Cup, repeating like in the 1997 edition.

The defending champions made their tournament debut with a 4–0 win over a surprisingly disappointing Germany. Then won against United States with only a 1–0 win. Later, they finished on top of their group with nine points after they defeated New Zealand 2–0. In the semi finals, they astonishingly beat Saudi Arabia 8-2 to send them to their 2nd straight final.

Route to the finalEdit

Mexico Round Brazil
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
  Saudi Arabia 5–1 Match 1   Germany 4–0
  Egypt 2–2 Match 2   United States 1–0
  Bolivia 1–0 Match 3   New Zealand 2–0
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Mexico 3 2 1 0 8 3 5 7
  Saudi Arabia 3 1 1 1 6 6 0 4
  Bolivia 3 0 2 1 2 3 -1 2
  Egypt 3 0 2 1 5 9 –4 2
Final standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Brazil 3 3 0 0 7 0 7 9
  United States 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
  Germany 3 1 0 2 2 6 -4 3
  New Zealand 3 0 0 3 1 6 –5 0
Opponent Result Knockout stage Opponent Result
  United States 1–0 (a.e.t) Semi-Final   Saudi Arabia 8–2

MatchEdit

DetailsEdit

Mexico  4–3  Brazil
  • Zepeda   13', 51'
  • Abundis   28'
  • Blanco   62'
Report
Attendance: 110,000
Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brazil
GK 1 Jorge Campos
CB 18 Salvador Carmona
CB 4 Rafael Márquez   21'
CB 2 Claudio Suárez (c)   74'
CM 6 Germán Villa
CM 13 Pável Pardo
RM 19 Miguel Zepeda   83'
LM 7 Ramon Ramírez
AM 10 Cuauhtémoc Blanco   50'
CF 9 José Manuel Abundis   11'
CF 17 Francisco Palencia   70'
Substitutions:
DF 14 Isaac Terrazas   70'
MF 16 Jesús Arellano   83'
Manager:
  Manuel Lapuente
 
GK 1 Dida
RB 3 Odvan
CB 4 João Carlos   46'   90+2'
LB 6 Serginho
CM 8 Emerson (c)
CM 5 Flávio Conceição
RM 20 Vampeta
LM 11 Zé Roberto   5'   82'
AM 17 Beto   45'
CF 7 Ronaldinho
CF 10 Alex
Substitutions:
FW 18 Rôni   45'
FW 19 Warley   82'
Manager:
  Vanderlei Luxemburgo

Assistant referees:
  Fernando Treasco Gracia (Spain)
  Awni Hassouneh (Jordan)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ FIFA.com
  2. ^ FIFA.com
  3. ^ "International: 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup Schedule".
  4. ^ "MLS News, Scores, & Standings".
  5. ^ "México derrota a Brasil en la final de la Copa Confederaciones 1999".

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