Monday 24 June 2013

Confederations Cup: Chelsea's Torres strikes again

Blues forward moves top of Confederations Cup scorers' charts; Luis Suarez hits Uruguay record

  • Chelsea's Fernando Torres celebrates scoring Spain's second goal against Nigeria

  • Luis Suarez unleashes the first of his two late strikes for Uruguay against Tahiti

Chelsea's Fernando Torres was on target for Spain against Nigeria and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez reached a record landmark as Uruguay joined the world champions in the last four of the FIFA Confederations Cup on Sunday.

Blues striker Torres became the leading scorer in the Confederations Cup as his goal helped Spain secure a 3-0 victory against Nigeria in their final group match. La Furia Roja were a goal to the good thanks to Jordi Alba's third-minute opener when Torres joined the fray on the hour, and the Blues front man wasted no time in finding his fifth goal of the tournament, scoring within four minutes of his introduction.

Manchester City playmaker David Silva also made a second-half appearance as Alba's 88th-minute effort rounded off Spain's third straight victory and booked a semi-final encounter with Italy on Thursday. Chelsea pair Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata, Arsenal duo Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal, Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina and Man City's new signing Jesus Navas were all unused substitutes.

In Sunday's other group match, a 21-minute cameo was all Suarez required to score the two goals he needed to become Uruguay's record goalscorer. The Liverpool forward scored on 82 and 90 minutes to round off an 8-0 success against Tahiti and book a last-four encounter against hosts Brazil on Wednesday.

Reds defender Sebastian Coates was relatively untroubled at the back as, at the other end, Abel Fernandez scored four to complement strikes by Nicolas Lodeiro and Diego Perez in a match in which both sides were reduced to 10 men. Suarez's goals took him to 36 international goals, one more than former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan.

FIFA Confederations Cup results

24 June
Group B

Nigeria 0-3 Spain
Uruguay 8-0 Tahiti

FIFA Confederations Cup fixtures

All kick-off times BST

26 June
Brazil v Uruguay, 8pm

27 June
Uruguay v Tahiti, 8pm

FIFA Under-20 World Cup

Eight Barclays Premier League players were in action for an England side that were pegged back by Iraq in an exciting opening FIFA World Cup Under-20 group match in Turkey.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane provided assists for both goals as Peter Taylor's side raced into a two goal lead in Antalya thanks to strikes by Liverpool defender Conor Coady and Middlesbrough striker Luke Williams.

However Ali Faez's penalty 15 minutes from time gave Iraq a foothold in the match and Ali Adnan's mazy run and shot under Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone earned his side a dramatic 2-2 draw. England’s line-up also included West Ham United defender Danny Potts, Liverpool's John Flanagan, Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse and Everton pair John Lundstram and Ross Barkley. There were also second-half substitute appearances by Toffees forward Chris Long and Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana.

England lie joint second in Group E behind Man Utd forward Angelo Henriquez's Chile, who came from behind to overcame Egypt 2-1 with the help of goals by Nicolas Castillo and Christian Bravo.

In Group F the Barclays Premeir League champions' new signing Guillermo Varela was on the losing side as Uruguay lost 1-0 to Croatia in their opening group match, while Uzbekistan stormed to the top of the section with a 3-0 success against New Zealand.

FIFA Under-20 World Cup results

23 June
Group E

Chile 2-1 Egypt
England 2-2 Iraq

Group F
New Zealand 0-3 Uzbekistan
Uruguay 0-1 Croatia

FIFA Under-20 World Cup fixtures

All kick-off times BST

24 June
Group A

France v USA, 4pm
Spain v Ghana, 7pm

Group B
Cuba v Nigeria, 5pm
Portugal v South Korea, 8pm

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Key Points

  • Chelsea's Fernando Torres moves top of the scorers' charts with goal for Spain in FIFA Confederations Cup
  • Liverpool forward Luis Suarez becomes his country's record goalscorer with brace in Uruguay's 8-0 rout of Tahiti
  • Numerous Barclays Premier League players feature at FIFA Under-20 World Cup