Sunday 13 October 2013

International review: Oscar shines in Seoul

Chelsea midfielder scores in friendly against South Korea; review of African World Cup qualifiers

  • Oscar, the scorer of Brazil's second goal, attacks the South Korean goal

  • David Luiz was among three Chelsea players to feature for Brazil in Seoul

  • Spurs' Paulinho (No 18) was also in the Brazilian starting XI to face South Korea

A Brazil team with three Barclays Premier League players as starters beat South Korea 2-0 in a friendly international in Seoul on Saturday.

Chelsea’s Oscar scored the second after Neymar’s free-kick had given Brazil the lead. Oscar’s clubmate David Luiz also started, while Tottenham Hotspur’s Paulinho also was there from kick-off. Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva replaced Paulinho after 70 minutes, while Chelsea’s Ramires was a half-time substitute.

For South Korea, there were three Barclays Premier League players among the starters: Cardiff City’s Kim Bo-kyung and Sunderland’s Ki Sung-young and Ji Dong-won.

Fulham’s Adel Taarabt played the second half of Morocco’s 1-1 draw with South Africa in Agadir.

African qualifying for 2014 World Cup

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure and Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote featured for Ivory Coast as they earned a two-goal advantage on Saturday to take to the second leg in Senegal next month.

The home side went 3-0 up through a goal each from former Chelsea forwards Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou, either side of a strike by Lamina Sane, but Senegal’s hopes of a turnaround were raised by an injury-time goal from Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse. West Ham United midfielder Mohamed Diame was the Senegal captain, while Liverpool’s Kolo Toure and Swansea City’s Wilfried Bony were unused substitutes on the Ivory Coast bench.

A Nigeria side featuring Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel and Liverpool’s Victor Moses gained the upper hand over Ethiopia on Sunday with a 2-1 victory in Addis Ababa. Emmanuel  Emenike got both goals for the Super Eagles, for whom Newcastle United forward Shola Ameobi was an unused substitute.

In the other play-off matches to take place over the weekend, Crystal Palace’s Adlene Guedioura was a 68th-minute substitute for Algeria, who went down 3-2 away to Burkina Faso, while Chelsea forward Samuel Eto’o was captain of the Cameroon side who drew 0-0 away to Tunisia.

The fifth and final African play-off match takes place on Tuesday, when Ghana host Egypt.

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Key Points

  • Chelsea's Oscar scores as Brazil beat South Korea in a friendly international
  • Man City's Yaya Toure, Newcastle's Cheick Tiote in Ivory Coast team to beat Senegal 3-1 in first leg of African play-off for World Cup final place
  • John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses star for Nigeria in 2-1 win away to Ethiopia