1999 FIFA Confederations Cup Final
|Event||1999 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|Date||4 August 1999|
|Venue||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City|
|Referee||Anders Frisk (Sweden)|
The 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup Final was a football match between Mexico and Brazil to determine the winners of the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup. The match was held at Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico, on 4 August 1999.
Mexico won the match 4-3, earning their first title in history and being the first CONCACAF team to win the tournament.
This was the first time Mexico took over Brazil in a FIFA tournament final. Prior to the tournament, Mexico never won a major FIFA tournament, but came close to in the second edition (also the last edition) of the King Fahd Cup, ending up in third place, under Denmark and Argentina.
For Brazil, this was their second and consecutive final after beating Australia in the 1997 Confederations Cup Final, making them the first team to win the tournament, since FIFA took over the King Fahd Cup.
In their tournament debut, Mexico won 5-1 in their first match against Saudi Arabia. Later, they tied in a disappointing game 2-2 versus Egypt, that got a dramatic equalizer in the last 5 minutes. For their last group stage match, Bolivia were their rivals, beating them 1-0 in the 52' minute, that gave Mexico a total of 7 points. Then in the semi-finals, USA stood in Mexico's way, but were later defeated 1-0 by golden goal, scored in the 97' minute that gave Mexico the first ticket to the final.
Meanwhile, this was the second final in a row for Brazil. They were looking forward on winning their second Confederations Cup, repeating like in the 1997 edition.
The defending champion, made their tournament debut with a 4-0 win over a surprisingly disappointing Germany. Then won versus USA with only a 1-0 win. Later, they finished on top of their group with 9 points after they defeated New Zealand 2-0. In the semi finals, they astonishly beated 8-2 to Saudi Arabia, thus gave Brazil the right to play the final.
Route to the final
|Saudi Arabia||5–1||Match 1||Germany||4–0|
|Egypt||2–2||Match 2||United States||1–0|
|Bolivia||1–0||Match 3||New Zealand||2–0|
|United States||1–0 (a.e.t)||Semi-Final||Saudi Arabia||8–2|
4 August 1999
|Zepeda 13', 51'
|(Report)||Serginho 43' (pen.)
Zé Roberto 63'