Thursday 27 June 2013

Chelsea's Brazilians through to Confederations Cup final

Blues' David Luiz and Oscar help Brazil reach Rio de Janeiro showpiece with 2-1 win over Uruguay

  • Chelsea's Brazil midfielder Oscar and Liverpool's Uruguay striker Luis Suarez do battle

  • Chesea's Brazil defender David Luiz hugs Neymar after the first goal against Uruguay

Chelsea duo David Luiz and Oscar are looking forward to contesting the FIFA Confederations Cup final on Sunday after helping Brazil defeat Uruguay 2-1 at the last-four stage on Wednesday.

Both Blues players were selected in the starting line-up by former Chelsea coach Felipe Scolari but they might have fallen behind early on in the first half when Uruguay were awarded a penalty for shirt-pulling in the area by David Luiz. However, Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar saved the spot-kick taken by former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan and Brazil then took the lead through Fred four minutes before half-time, after Neymar raced on to a fine through-ball by Paulinho, whose shot was saved only for Fred to bury the rebound.

Three minutes after the break a Uruguay side including Liverpool’s Luis Suarez drew level when Edinson Cavani capitalised on some slack defending by the Selecao and struck a low shot past Cesar. However, Brazil made sure of their place in the final when Paulinho rose at the far post to head in Neymar’s corner with four minutes remaining.

Scolari’s side will meet the winner of this evening’s semi-final between Spain, who boast seven Barclays Premier League players in their squad, and Italy in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, while Uruguay, whose Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates was an unused substitute in the semi-final, will face the losing semi-finalist in Salvador earlier in the day.

FIFA Confederations Cup results

26 June
Semi-final
Brazil 2-1 Uruguay

FIFA Confederations Cup fixtures

All kick-off times BST

27 June
Semi-final
Spain v Italy, 8pm

30 June
Third-place play off
Uruguay v Italy/Spain, 5pm

Final
Brazil v Italy/Spain, 11pm

FIFA Under-20 World Cup

Nine players from the Barclays Premier League were involved from the start as England and Chile shared a 1-1 draw in their second group match in Antalya.

Chile took the lead on 32 minutes after West Ham United defender Danny Potts was adjudged to have brought down Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez, and Nicolas Castillo stepped up to beat Henriquez’s club-mate, the England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, from the spot.

England, though, battled gamely in the second half and produced a deserved equaliser when Everton’s Ross Barkley, who excelled throughout the match, surged forward from midfield to set up Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane to score from 20 yards. Then Three Lions almost stole a victory at the death when Spurs midfielder Alex Pritchard’s header was saved from point-blank range by Dario Melo.

Peter Taylor’s side, which also included Everton defender John Stones, Man United and Liverpool captains Tom Thorpe and Conor Coady, and Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse, lie third in Group D after two draws, and in need of a win over fourth-placed Egypt in Bursa on 29 June in order to reach the knockout stage.

Meanwhile, in Group F, Man United full-back Guillermo Varela helped Uruguay revive their hopes of progressing from the group stage with their first victory of the tournament – a 2-0 success against New Zealand, while Croatia drew 1-1 with Uzbekistan.

FIFA Under-20 World Cup results

26 June
Group E

Chile 1-1 England
Iraq 2-1 Egypt

Group F
New Zealand 0-2 Uruguay
Croatia 1-1 Uzbekistan

FIFA Under-20 World Cup fixtures

All kick-off times BST

27 June
Group A

Spain v France, 6pm
Ghana v USA, 6pm

Group B
South Korea v Nigeria, 3pm
Portugal v Cuba, 3pm

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Key Points

  • Chelsea duo David Luiz and Oscar help Brazil reach FIFA Confederations Cup final
  • Brazil triumph 2-1 against a Uruguay side including Liverpool striker Luis Suarez
  • Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane scores as England draw 1-1 with Chile at FIFA Under-20 World Cup