International Soccer
        === Paulinho's late header sends Brazil to Confed Cup final ===
 Belo  Horizonte,  Brazil (Sports Network)  - Brazil needed an 86th-minute goal
 from  Paulinho to overcome a stubborn Uruguay side and advance to the final of
 the Confederations Cup with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday.
 Diego  Forlan  missed a first-half penalty  kick that would have given Uruguay
 the  lead, while Fred scored a few minutes before halftime to put the hosts in
 Edinson Cavani took advantage of a failed clearance in the 48th minute to pull
 Uruguay  level, but  Paulinho was  the  hero on  this  day as  he headed  home
 Neymar's  corner  kick to send Brazil  to Sunday's final, where they will meet
 the winner of the other semifinal between Spain and Italy.
 Uruguay  defended  well  for much  of  the  first  half,  and was  handed  the
 opportunity  to  take the lead  in the 13th  minute when Brazil defender David
 Luiz pulled down Uruguay's Diego Lugano inside the penalty area.
 Forlan  stepped  forward to take the  kick, but goalkeeper Julio Cesar dove to
 his left and got down low to tip the shot past the post.
 It  was a huge  chance squandered for Uruguay, and Brazil took the lead in the
 41st  minute when Neymar tracked down a long ball inside the area and forced a
 save from goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, only for Fred to score on the rebound.
 Cavani  had yet  to score  in the  competition before  Wednesday, but  he took
 advantage of a poor pass from Thiago Silva and intercepted the ball inside the
 penalty area before rolling it inside the far post.
 Uruguay  seemed  content to take  the game into extra  time as the match wound
 down,  but  Brazil capitalized on  one of its  many corner kicks with Paulinho
 getting free at the back post to head the ball home from a few yards.
 06/26 17:08:58 ET

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