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"Aztec Victory Dance"

exico "waved" goodbye to the Confederations Cup as "El Tri", the home team, was crowned champions of the 1999 edition.

FIFA President Joseph Blatter (L) presents the FIFA Confederations Cup to Mexican team captain Claudio Suarez (C) as Luis Hernandez (R) celebrates after Mexico beat Brazil 4-3 to win the tournament at Azteca stadium Wednesday night. Photo Andrew Winning, Reuters
The Mexicans well deserved to win the Cup as one of the two unbeaten teams making it to the final. Suarez, Pardo and Blanco maintained the Mexicans' tempo with goals, skill and stability at the back. Also, the home "Azteca" factor - Mexico has not been beaten there for 18 years - cannot be ignored. Conmebol champions Brazil lived up to the expectations as its talent factory continues to produce outstanding players such as 19-year-old Ronaldinho, one of three players who netted six goals.

Facts & Figures

1     This was the first victory for a CONCACAF team in a male FIFA competition ("A" level). Mexico's success brakes a series of three consecutive wins for CONMBEBOL teams in FIFA Confederations Cup. This was also Brazil's 1st defeat in this competition following a series of 9 positive matches (8 wins and 1 draw). Brazil tonight conceded the same number of goals (4) conceded in the 9 previous matches.

2     This was the 2nd defeat in 1999 for the Brazilian national team. Mexico broke a series of 14 positive results in a row (13 wins and 1 draw). The previous defeat occurred in the 1st match of the season, a friendly played against South Korea (1-0) in Seoul on 28 March.

9     Cuauhtemoc Blanco scored his 9th in 8 matches played in FIFA Confederations Cup. Mexico's player is the top-scorer in the all-time ranking, ahead of Brazil's Romario (7 goals) and Ronaldinho (6) and Saudi Arabia's Al Otaibi (6). Another Mexican player leads the all-time ranking of matches played - Claudio Suarez (11) - ahead of Saudi Arabia's Al Khilaiwi and Brazil's Dida, both with 10 matches played.

15     Fifteen players were sent off in 44 matches played in the history of FIFA Confederations Cup. Egypt is the team with most red cards (4), followed by USA and Czech Republic (2 each). Also Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Ivory Coast and Nigeria had one player sent off. Ubaldo Aquino (PAR) is the referee who sent off most players (4).

17     A total of 17 different results occurred in 44 matches played in the history of FIFA Confederations Cup. The most frequent result has been 2-0, occurred in 9 matches, followed by 1-0 (7 matches). Eleven matches finished with 5 or more goals scored, 3 without any goal. The highest number of goals scored in a match is 10 (Brazil-Saudi Arabia 8-2, 1999 semifinal).

27     Tonights was the 27th head-to-head between Mexico and Brazil. In spite of today's defeat, Brazil widely lead the balance: 18 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses (57 goals scored and 22 conceded). Before this evening, Mexico had beaten Brazil on 10 July 1968 in Mexico City (2-1, friendly), on 31 October of the same year in Rio de Janeiro (2-1, friendly) and on 21 January 1996 in Los Angeles (2-0, Gold Cup final game). The two teams have played each other for the 3rd time in less than one month: Brazil's defeat came after two consecutive wins in Copa America.

82     The 144 goals of FIFA Confederations Cup have been scored in 82 different minutes. The minutes with the highest number of goals scored are 31st, 62nd and 65th with 5 goals each. Two goals have been scored in extra-times, while 7 have been netted in the 90th or later in regular times.

144     A total of 144 goals have been scored in the 44 matches played in four editions of FIFA Confederations Cup, for an average of 3.27 goals per match. In 1992, 18 goals were scored in 4 matches (4.25 per match), in 1995 one goal more in 8 matches (2.37 per match), while two years later the number increased to 52 in 16 matches (3.25 per match). This year, 55 goals have been scored for an average of 3.43 goals per match.

1,613,000     A total of 1,613,000 people attended the 44 matches of FIFA Confederations Cup. The average per match is 36.659. The highest attendance was registered in the final game of 1999 edition (115,000 people). This last was the edition with the highest average of spectators, 42,375.

Match Reports
Wednesday, 4 August
MEX v. BRA 4:3 (2:1)
Mexico City, 21:00h
Tuesday, 3 August
USA v. KSA 2:0 (1:0)
Guadalajara, 21:00h
Mexico '99 Media Centre

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USA's Paul Bravo celebrates after scoring
USA's Paul Bravo celebrates after scoring against Saudi Arabia during their third and fourth place play off in Guadalajara's Jalisco stadium August 3.The USA defeated Saudi Arabia 2-0 in the match for third place in the FIFA Confederations Cup. Photo Daniel Aguilar, Reuters

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