Friday 21 June 2013
There were 12 players from the Barclays Premier League involved in FIFA Confederations Cup action last night and they were responsible for eight of the 13 goals in the two matches.
Fernando Torres scored four times for Spain in a 10-0 rout of Tahiti in Rio de Janeiro that confirmed their place in the semi-finals. The Chelsea forward was one of three goalscorers from the Barclays Premier League for Spain. Manchester City's David Silva got two and Chelsea’s Juan Mata also scored in the Maracana for a Spain side who started with seven English-based players.
Arsenal's Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla also featured, as did Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta and Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina. Jesus Navas came off the bench for the second half to make his first Spain appearance since signing for Manchester City last week.
Jon Obi Mikel was responsible for a sixth goal by a Chelsea player last night but it was not enough for Nigeria who went down 2-1 to Uruguay in Salvador.
The Chelsea midfielder equalised Diego Lugano's opener for a Uruguay side who started with Liverpool's Luis Suarez up front. Former Manchester United forward Diego Forlan restored Uruguay's lead and Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates came off the bench late on to ensure that the South Americans got their first win of the competition.
Mikel's clubmate Kenneth Omeruo played in defence for Nigeria, while Southampton's Gaston Ramirez was an unused substitute for Uruguay, who are favourites to join Spain in the semi-finals with Tahiti their final group match.