Brazil's Coritiba FC wins Dallas Cup championship

FRISCO, Texas -- When the final whistle blew, Thiago Primão looked like he had just won the World Cup. The Coritiba FC captain was dancing, signing autographs for kids and singing to Brazilian fans in the crowd.

The defender who's not even old enough to enjoy a champagne celebration went wild after he and his team downed the U19 team of the world's most famous football club, Manchester United.

"It's a really good experience for us. We've been working together for [many years]," Primão said through an interpreter. "It's a great accomplishment to win against Manchester United, one of the greatest teams in the world."

Coritiba survived a shorthanded comeback attempt to win the Gordon Jago Super Group Dallas Cup championship 2-1 over United.

The Brazilians came out very aggressive against the Red Devils. It paid off in the ninth minute when João Amaral's cross landed in front of Alex Santos, who fired a strike into the bottom-left corner to take an early lead.

They almost added another goal in the 24th minute when Willian Rodrigues put one in the back of the net off a rebound, but he was offside.

Coritiba continued their attack after halftime, but United was able to keep the Brazilians from scoring until the 64th minute when Michele Fornaiser was shown a red card for getting his second yellow of the match after a tackle.

Two minutes later, a give-and-go with Alex Santos gave José Vivian a one-on-one from the left side of the box with United keeper Samuel Johnstone, and he was able to bury the ball on the bottom-right corner of the goal to go up 2-0.

In the 73rd minute, United's Ryan Tunnicliffe was also shown a red after an argument with a referee.

Despite being down two players and two goals, United wasn't leaving without a fight. Michael Keane scored on a header from a Jesse Lingard corner kick in the 75th minute to make it a 2-1 game and give the Red Devils hope.

"We knew how good Manchester United is," Primão said. "We tried to stay calm and control the game, but we made that one mistake and they scored. We got a little nervous, but we managed to control it."

In the 79th minute, United nearly equalized, but couldn't score on a free kick and a corner kick.

In the 82nd minute, Samuel Johnstone saved a a wide open shot from Willian Henrique, but it turned out not to matter.

United had a few other opportunities, but the tired Reds couldn't overcome the faster Coritiba.

Brazilian sides are now 6-0 in the Dallas Cup Super Group final in the last 10 years.


Yellow cards: Manchester United 2 (Michele Fornasier, 42nd, 64th) – Coritiba FC 2 (José Vivian, 67th; Thiago Primão, 85th)

Red cards: Manchester United 2 (Michele Fornasier, 64th; Ryan Tunnicliffe, 73rd) – Coritiba FC 0