Brazil is headed to the Confederations Cup final on Sunday. Fred gave Brazil a scarcely-deserved first-half lead by one goal. But Uruguay hit back with an equalizer shortly after the interval when Edinson Cavani capitalised on an error from Brazil captain Thiago Silva to strike a low shot beyond Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
Cesar had earlier saved Diego Forlan’s first-half penalty, after David Luiz pulled down Uruguay captain Diego Lugano.
Uruguay won a corner and as the players jostled in the penalty area, Luiz grabbed a handful of Lugano’s shirt and the Uruguay captain went down for a penalty.
Forlan was made play the penalty-kick and his effort was low and tame, allowing Cesar to dive to his left and turn the ball behind with the flick of his glove.
Uruguay dropped deeper as Brazil went to the wings in search of an opening chance to get a second goal. Cavani still threatened but with time running out it was the hosts who struck the conclusive blow.
Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari coach said, “If you keep persevering aiming at a point, something good will happen and that happened today. Four wins in four games is important. We are on the right track.”
He added that: “Brazil didn’t approach their fluent best in this tournament but they did just enough to get over the line to the final, the jubilation among the players and coaching staff at the final whistle showed just how important this meant to us”.
Brazil will face either Spain or Italy on Sunday for final