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Sunday 23 June 2013

Confederations Cup: United's Hernandez at the double for Mexico

Man United striker scores twice to sink Japan at Confederations Cup while Brazil beat Italy 4-2

  • Chelsea's David Luiz embraces Mario Balotelli before Brazil's 4-2 win over Italy

  • Javier Hernandez heads in one of two goals for Mexico against Japan

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.

FIFA Confederations Cup results

22 June
Group A

Italy 2-4 Brazil
Japan 1-2 Mexico

FIFA Confederations Cup fixtures

All kick-off times BST

23 June
Group B

Nigeria v Spain, 8pm
Uruguay v Tahiti, 8pm

FIFA Under-20 World Cup

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The skilful winger was withdrawn after 65 minutes as he continues to work towards full fitness following an injury-disrupted Premier League season, by which point his side were already three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.

FIFA Under-20 World Cup results

Group C

Colombia 1-1 Australia
Turkey 3-0 El Savador

Group D
Mexico 1-2 Greece
Paraguay 1-1 Mali

FIFA Under-20 World Cup fixtures

All kick-off times BST

23 June
Group E

Chile v Egypt, 4pm
England v Iraq, 7pm

Group F
New Zealand v Uzbekistan, 3pm
Uruguay v Croatia, 6pm

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Key Points

  • Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez scores twice as Mexico beat Japan in FIFA Confederations Cup
  • Oscar and David Luiz play in Brazil's 4-2 defeat of Italy
  • Three Fulham players feature at FIFA Under-20 World Cup