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As protests swirl, Brazil rides positive energy to semifinal win

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Paulinho scored in the dying moments to give Brazil a 2-1 victory over Uruguay in the Confederations Cup semifinal.

Paulinho scored in the dying moments to give Brazil a 2-1 victory over Uruguay in the Confederations Cup semifinal.

James Young writes about Brazilian football for The Independent / Independent on Sunday, The New York Times, The Blizzard, and World Soccer, among others. He has lived in Brazil for the last eight years, and is currently at work on a novel about "love, death and football" in the northeast of Brazil. He can be reached on Twitter at @seeadarkness.