Result: Late Paulinho strike sends Brazil to Confederations Cup final

Brazil are through to the final of the Confederations Cup with a 2-1 win over Uruguay.

Brazil have secured a place in the final of the Confederations Cup with a 2-1 win over Uruguay.

Brazil's Paulinho celebrates scoring his side's 2nd goal during the soccer Confederations Cup semifinal match between Brazil and Uruguay on June 26, 2013© AP Photos

Uruguay had a chance to take the lead in the 14th minute when David Luiz conceded a penalty for dragging down Diego Lugano in the box, but keeper Julio Cesar was able to push Diego Forlan's spot kick wide.

The host nation punished the miss just before half time as Fred managed to bundle the ball in from close range, pouncing on the rebound from a Neymar effort.

Uruguay were back on level terms within three minutes of the restart, as Edinson Cavani carved a hole in the Brazilian defence to curl a shot into the bottom corner.

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani celebrates scoring against Brazil during their Confederations Cup semifinal on June 26, 2013© AP Photos

It looked as though the game would be heading into extra time until Paulinho headed home Neymar's corner from close range, securing a place in Sunday's final for Luiz Felipe Scolari's men.

Brazil will face either Spain or Italy in Sunday's showpiece at the Maracana Stadium.

Brazil's Paulo Paulinho is congratulated by team mates after scoring his team's second goal against England during a friendly match on June 2, 2013
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