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Mexico Defeats Brazil in Gold Cup

From Associated Press

Mexico captured its second consecutive CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday before more than 75,000 at the Coliseum, winning 2-0 against an under-23 Brazilian team preparing for the Summer Olympics.

The United States, which lost, 1-0, to Brazil in the semifinals of this regional tournament, beat Guatemala, 3-0, for third place.

Mexico scored twice in the second half against Brazil, a guest at this nine-nation event for countries from North and Central America and the Caribbean.

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None of the players for Brazil in this game were on the squad that won the 1994 World Cup.

Luis Garcia scored the opening goal for Mexico on a 10-yard shot in the 54th minute after Alberto Garcia Aspe headed the ball into the area following a poor clear by Brazil.

Cuauhtemoc Blanco made it 2-0 in the 75th on a run from the right side after a feed from Garcia Aspe from the middle.

Mexico had not beaten a Brazilian national team since 1970, when it won, 1-0, in Rio de Janeiro.

As Gold Cup champion, Mexico will represent CONCACAF in the Intercontinental Cup in Saudi Arabia in 1997.

In the third-place game, Eric Wynalda became the all-time scoring leader in U.S. soccer when he struck in the 35th minute on a 10-yard header off Claudio Reyna’s cross.

* U.S. WINS: Eric Wynalda scored one of three U.S. goals in a victory over Guatemala for third place in Gold Cup. C5


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