Frankfurt, June 20:
For a day at least, the king of Latin American soccer is Mexico. Mexico upset Brazil 1-0 on Sunday in the Confederations Cup, outplaying the five-time World Cup champions with Jared Borgetti snatching the winner on a 59th-minute header. Mexico joined Germany and Argentina
in the semi-finals of this high-profile showcase, a two-week tune-up for next yearâ€™s World Cup. In Sundayâ€™s other Group B game, Asian champion Japan beat European champion Greece 1-0. Greece is out of the chase to reach the semis. The other berth will be decided on Wednesday when Japan plays Brazil. Mexicoâ€™s victory gave it six points in Group B. Japan and Brazil have three each, and Greece zero. In Hanover, Borgetti headed in a corner kick that beat flat-footed Brazil goalkeeper Dida. The corner was set up when Ramon Morales raced down the left side, and cut the ball across the goalmouth with Brazilian Lucio just deflecting it across the end line.
It was justice for Borgetti. In the 29th, Roque Junior was called for pulling him down in the area. Borgetti netted the first penalty, but the play was called back by Italian referee Roberto Rosetti. He ruled a Mexican player strayed into the area. His next penalty attempt went off the crossbar, but Rosetti also called that one back. He said Dida moved off the goalline before the shot. The third attempt was stopped by Dida diving to his right. Brazil controlled most of the first half with Adriano, Ronaldinho and Robinho getting several good chances. In Frankfurt,
substitute Masashi Oguroâ€™s goal in the 76th minute lifted Japan over Greece. Oguro, who came on in the 66th, took a through ball from Shunsuke Nakamura and slipped it past Greek
â€˜keeper Antonis Nikopolidis from 10 yards. Japan had far more chances but had trouble finishing.