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Friday 21 June 2013

Confederations Cup: Torres hits four in Spain rout

Barclays Premier League players score eight goals in the two matches in Brazil

  • Chelsea's Fernando Torres scores one of his four goals for Spain against Tahiti

  • Manchester City's David Silva chipped in with two in the 10-0 rout in Rio de Janeiro

  • Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta, left, watches on as Arsenal's Santi Cazorla vies for the ball

  • Chelsea's Juan Mata was also on the scoresheet for the World and European champions

  • Chelsea's Ken Omeruo and Liverpool's Luis Suarez go for a header in Nigeria v Uruguay

  • Chelsea's Jon Obi Mikel equalised for Nigeria during the first half

  • Liverpool's Sebastian Coates (No 4) came on to help Uruguay hang on to their 2-1 lead

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.

Mikel goal not enough for Nigeria

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.

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Key Points

  • Twelve Barclays Premier League players on show in the Confederations Cup last night
  • Chelsea's Fernando Torres hits four as Spain rout Tahiti 10-0
  • Jon Obi Mikel another Chelsea player on scoresheet for Nigeria but they lost to Uruguay