Proof it’s just 11 v 11, football matches aren’t played on paper and more cliches
Football is a mixed up game, and results in Group B of the Confederations Cup only serve to prove that. It is probably fair to say that Brazil were the best team in the group having won all three of their games (and it wouldn’t have been a startling revelation to suggest that they were the strongest team in the group).
So who is the next best team in the group? Beforehand, World Cup holders Italy would have been the obvious answer, and yet they were beaten by Egypt. That is the same Egypt side that came the closest of all the teams in the group from getting something against Brazil, but lost to the USA and ended up bottom the group.
That leaves the Americans, who lost 3-1 to Italy, 3-0 to Brazil and then beat Italy-conquering Egypt 3-0 in their final match to sneak through. It’s a funny old game.