Brazil defeated Germany, 3-2, yesterday in Nuremberg, Germany, to reach the Confederations Cup final behind two goals by Adriano and a penalty kick by Ronaldinho.

The Brazilians will play for the title Wednesday in Frankfurt, Germany, against the winner of today's semifinal between Argentina and Mexico.

Adriano scored in the 21st and 76th minutes, and Ronaldinho converted the penalty kick in the 42nd after Robert Huth pushed Adriano.

Germany, which had the better of the play, got goals from Lukas Podolski on a header in 23rd minute and Michael Ballack on a penalty kick in first-half injury time after he was fouled by Emerson.

"It's wonderful to beat Germany here," Brazil Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said. "We showed our technical ability, but also a lot of courage in order to win the game."

The game was a replay of the 2002 World Cup final in Japan, won 2-0 by Brazil for its fifth World Cup title. Germany hosts next year's tournament.

Germany lost for only the second time in 15 games since Juergen Klinsmann became coach last year. His team faces the loser of today's semifinal in a third-place game on Wednesday.

"We persevered and played with passion," Klinsmann said. "We reacted well to adversity, we kept our heads and twice changed the direction of the game. I think we're on the right path. We have been on the right path for the past 10 months."

World Youth Championship

Lionel Messi helped Argentina outlast Spain and advance to a showdown with Brazil, and Nigeria set up an all-African semifinal by beating host country the Netherlands in a marathon penalty shootout.

Messi scored one spectacular goal, set up another and masterfully directed his team in Argentina's 3-1 victory over Spain. Argentina will face defending champion Brazil on Tuesday in a matchup between the only four-time youth champions.

In a 24-kick penalty shootout after a 1-1 tie, Collins John missed the decisive kick for the hosts, and Taye Taiwo delivered the winner for Nigeria for the second straight game. Nigeria will face Morocco in the semifinals.

"This game should not have had a winner," Dutch Coach Foppe de Haan said after his team lost, 10-9, in one of the longest shootouts in a major championship.


Landon Donovan proved he could still draw fans to Spartan Stadium, where a season-high crowd of 15,917 watched the San Jose Earthquakes beat Donovan and the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy, 3-0, last night.

Alejandro Moreno scored the first goal for San Jose (5-3-6) and Los Angeles (7-5-3) tacked on two own goals, but the main attraction was the return of Donovan, the U.S. forward and former Earthquake player who played in San Jose for the first time since joining the Galaxy this season.

The 23-year-old forward, who has six goals this season, left the team in January for the German club Bayer Leverkusen, and when he returned to MLS three months later, it was with the Earthquakes' chief rival.

Signs in the stadium read "PrimaDonovan Traitor" and "Who needs Landon?" Most fans booed and many turned their backs when Donovan was announced.

* REVOLUTION 4, METROSTARS 2: Steve Ralston and Jay Heaps each scored their first goals of the season to rally host New England (9-1-4).

Heaps's goal tied the match in the 72nd minute, and Ralston scored the game-winner in the 86th.

* FC DALLAS 3, RAPIDS 1: In Denver, Bobby Rhine scored his first goal of the season in the 85th minute to break a tie and Dallas (10-2-3) extended its lead in the Western Conference.

* WIZARDS 3, CHIVAS USA 0: Jimmy Conrad, Davy Arnaud and Sasha Victorine scored goals in the second half, and host Kansas City improved to 5-3-6 and moved into third place in the Eastern Conference.

Ronaldinho runs past German goalkeeper Jens Lehmann after his penalty kick for Brazil's second goal in a 3-2 semifinal victory in the Confederations Cup.