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Sunday 16 June 2013

Confederations Cup: Chelsea pair help Brazil's winning start

David Luiz and Oscar play as hosts beat Japan 3-0 in Confederations Cup opener in Brasilia

  • Man Utd's Shinji Kagawa played the 90 minutes in Brasilia

  • Chelsea's David Luiz leads Brazil's celebrations in a winning start

  • Southampton defender Maya Yoshida challenges Jo, who scored Brazil's third goal

Eighteen players from Barclays Premier League clubs are set to be in action in the FIFA Confederations Cup that kicks off on Saturday. Chelsea are the club with the most players involved, with seven featuring for Brazil, Spain and Nigeria.

Chelsea’s David Luiz and Oscar played the 90 minutes as Brazil got their hosting of the FIFA Confederations Cup off to a dream start with a 3-0 victory over Japan.

Southampton’s Maya Yoshida and Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa were powerless to prevent Japan’s defeat in Brasilia, with Neymar scoring after 3 minutes, Paulinho doubling the lead in the second half and former Manchester City and Everton striker Jo completing the scoring after a through-ball from Oscar.

Kagawa’s United team-mate Javier Hernandez is set to feature in the competition today as Mexico take on Italy in Rio de Janeiro, while 11 players from the Barclays Premier League could be involved as Spain take on Uruguay in Recife.

Mayuka's late stint for Zambia

In qualifying for the FIFA 2014 World Cup, Southampton striker Emmanuel Mayuka came off the bench for the final 10 minutes of Zambia’s 1-1 draw against Sudan in Ndola. The draw kept Zambia top of Group D but they could be overtaken by Ghana, whose match against Lesotho is one of 10 more African qualifiers today.

Borini sends Italy to final

Liverpool striker Fabio Borini struck the only goal as Italy stunned the Netherlands 1-0 to reach the final of the UEFA Under-21 European Championships in Israel. In the final, Italy will meet Spain, for whom Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea kept a clean sheet in their 3-0 semi-final victory over Norway.

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Key Points

  • Chelsea's David Luiz and Oscar help Brazil make winning start in FIFA Confederations Cup
  • Shinji Kagawa and Maya Yoshida played for Japan, who went down 3-0 to the hosts
  • Up to 12 Barclays Premier League players could feature in today's matches as Italy face Mexico and Spain take on Uruguay