Luis Fabiano keeps his promise at Confed Cup
JOHANNESBURG -- Luis Fabiano's two goals at the Confederations Cup final Sunday put Brazil back in contention after a slow start and fulfilled his promise of scoring an average of a goal per match.
Luis Fabiano, who ended the tournament with five goals in five matches, scored in the 46th and 74th minutes Sunday to bring Brazil back from a 2-0 first-half deficit. Brazil won 3-2 for its third Confederations Cup title.
The Sevilla striker was the tournament's leading scorer, with two more than Spain's Fernando Torres and David Villa and American Clint Dempsey, who also scored in Sunday's final at Ellis Park Stadium.
Luis Fabiano came into the tournament hoping to prove that he deserves to be considered one of the best strikers in the world. He said he needed to score at least five goals in the eight-team tournament, which is being used as a World Cup warmup.
"I'm glad I was able to reach my objective," Luis Fabiano said. "It worked out very well, after failing to score against South Africa I was able to get on the board twice and help Brazil win the title."
The 28-year-old Luis Fabiano entered the final with three goals, tied with Torres and Villa.
With Brazil trailing by two goals just after halftime, he fired a low shot into the net from just inside the penalty area. He received the ball from right back Maicon and quickly turned to send a right-footer past diving U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard.
Luis Fabiano then scored the equalizer in the 74th with a close-range header. After a run from Kaka on the left flank, Robinho's shot deflected off the crossbar and Luis Fabiano was there to put it into the back of the net.
Lucio sealed Brazil's come-from-behind win with an 84th-minute header off a corner.
Luis Fabiano had scored one goal in Brazil's opening 4-3 victory against Egypt, then added a pair in the team's impressive 3-0 rout of world champion Italy. He failed to get on the board in Brazil's 3-0 group-stage win over the United States and the 1-0 victory over host South Africa in the semifinal.
Coming into South Africa, he said he was hoping for a transfer to a more traditional European club and to secure a spot in Dunga's squad for next year's World Cup. He is fighting for a spot with young stars Nilmar and Alexandre Pato and veterans Adriano and Ronaldo.
"I think it's a good average," Luis Fabiano said. "It should be enough to get some teams interested. But right now I'm still with Sevilla. I have vacation coming up and after that we will see what happens."
Luis Fabiano helped Brazil win the 2004 Copa America, but he became a regular for the national team only after Dunga took over following the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
He has already scored 22 goals in his 32 matches with the national team since his debut in 2003, when he still played for Brazil's Sao Paulo. He played with FC Porto in Portugal before going to Sevilla.