Sunday 23 June 2013
Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez was twice on target as Mexico signed off from the FIFA Confederations Cup with a 2-1 win over Japan, while Brazil overcame Italy 4-2.
Japan and Mexico went into their final group game in the knowledge that back-to-back defeats prevented them from reaching the semi-finals, but a second-half brace from Hernandez ensured El Tri bowed out of the tournament with three points.
Japan replied with a late Shinji Okazaki effort but despite the best efforts of Hernandez’s club-mate Shinji Kagawa and Southampton’s Maya Yoshida, who appeared midway through the second half, Alberto Zaccheroni’s side succumbed to their third defeat in a row.
In the other Group A encounter freescoring Brazil completed a 4-2 success against Italy in an exciting match in Salvador. Neymar gave the hosts the lead with a spectacular free-kick after Emanuele Giaccherini had cancelled out Dante’s opener and Fred scored either side of Giorgio Chiellini’s effort to rack up a third tournament win for a Selecao side including Chelsea pair David Luiz and Oscar.
Despite their defeat the Azzurri, like Brazil, are in the semi-finals where they will play the winners of Group B, which will be decided on Sunday night when Spain face Nigeria and Uruguay take on Tahiti.
Italy 2-4 Brazil
Japan 1-2 Mexico
All kick-off times BST
Nigeria v Spain, 8pm
Uruguay v Tahiti, 8pm
Fulham’s Kerim Frei produced a lively display to help Turkey complete a routine 3-0 victory over El Salvador on Saturday as the host nation moved top of Group C in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
The skilful winger was withdrawn after 65 minutes as he continues to work towards full fitness following an injury-disrupted Premier League season, by which point his side were already three goals to the good thanks Salih Ucan’s opening header and two Cenk Sahin strikes.
Newcastle United defender captained Australia to a hard-fought draw against one of the pre-tournament favourites Colombia in the earlier kick-off in Trabzon. Fulham pair Ryan Williams and Corey Gameiro also both appeared as second-half substitutes for the young Socceroos.
In Saturday’s other matches, Greece earned a 2-1 win over Mexico and Paraguay drew 1-1 with Mali.
On Sunday evening England coach Peter Taylor has 15 players with Barclays Premier League experience to call upon for his side’s opening group match with Iraq, while Manchester United’s Angelo Henriquez will hope to appear for Chile against Egypt.
Colombia 1-1 Australia
Turkey 3-0 El Savador
Mexico 1-2 Greece
Paraguay 1-1 Mali
All kick-off times BST
Chile v Egypt, 4pm
England v Iraq, 7pm
New Zealand v Uzbekistan, 3pm
Uruguay v Croatia, 6pm