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Tuesday 24 June 2014

World Cup review: Hernandez makes Mexico mark

Striker becomes eighth Man Utd player to score at finals; Fernandinho, Mata and Torres also on target

World Cup gallery of BPL players - 23 June

Croatia 1-3 Mexico

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez put the seal on a superb performance by Mexico with his 36th international goal to help his side progress from Group A in the FIFA World Cup at the expense of Croatia in Recife.

The Central American outfit knew that a draw would be enough to see them through to the knockout stage and so played a containing game that frustrated Niko Kovac's side, for whom substitute Ante Rebic was sent off in the 89th minute.

A Croatia team featuring Southampton defender Dejan Lovren made an energetic start but it was Mexico who came closest to taking a first-half lead when Hector Herrera's 30-yard drive crashed off the bar midway through the first half. After the interval El Tri began to look more threatening and when captain Rafael Marquez headed his side into the lead from Herrera's corner on 72 minutes, it was no less than they deserved.

Kovac reacted by bringing on Hull City forward Nikica Jelavic but his team were punished on the counter attack a minute later when Andres Guardado finished off a sweeping move. Hernandez added a third with a header eight minutes from time to score the eighth goal by a Manchester United player at the finals, before Ivan Perisic pulled one back for the Europeans. By then, though, Croatia's fate had been sealed and a miserable evening concluded with the dismissal of Rebic for a dangerous late lunge.

BPL players to feature
Croatia:
 Dejan Lovren (Southampton). Sub: Nikica Jelavic (Hull City).
Mexico: Sub: Javier Hernandez (Manchester United, 62). 
Goal: Javier Hernandez (82)

Brazil 4-1 Cameroon

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho rounded off the scoring as Brazil wrapped up victory in Group A with an emphatic triumph in Brasilia.

Though the hosts suffered a scare when Joel Matip scored from close range to cancel out Neymar's opener, another goal by the Barcelona striker before the interval and Fred's strike early in the second half put the Selecao, featuring six players from the Barclays Premier League, in command. Fernandinho, a half-time substitute for Tottenham Hotspur's Paulinho, finished off a neat move six minutes from time.

BPL players to feature
Brazil:
 Julio Cesar (On loan at Toronto FC from Queens Park Rangers), Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur, sub: 46min), Oscar (Chelsea). Subs: Fernandinho (Manchester City, 46), Ramires (Chelsea, 63), Willian (Chelsea, 71).
Goal: Fernandinho (86).
Cameroon: Subs not used: Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham Hotspur).

Australia 0-3 Spain

Two goals by players from the Barclays Premier League helped the holders bow out of the tournament with their first Group B victory.

David Villa brought his illustrious international career to a close with the opening goal in the first half, before Chelsea striker Fernando Torres doubled the advantage on 69 minutes. That goal came a minute after Cesc Fabregas had replaced Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla, and the Blues' new signing set up Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata, also a second-half substitute, for the final goal eight minutes from time.

BPL players to feature
Australia:
 Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace)

Spain: Jose Reina (Liverpool, on loan at Napoli last season), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal sub: 68min). Subs: Juan Mata (Manchester United, 56), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea, 68), David Silva (Manchester City, 83). Subs not used: David De Gea (Manchester United), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea).
Goals: Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Juan Mata (Manchester United).

Netherlands 2-0 Chile

The Netherlands ensured they ran out Group B winners by overcoming runners-up Chile with two goals in the last 13 minutes.

With Manchester United's Robin van Persie denied the opportunity to add to his three tournament goals through suspension, Louis van Gaal, who will be the Dutch striker's manager at Old Trafford next season, turned to Jeremain Lens in attack and gave former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt his 99th cap.

However, it was two substitutes who made the difference in the end, with Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer breaking the deadlock with his first touch of the ball on 77 minutes. And as Chile threw caution to the wind late on Memphis Depay struck in added time following a fine breakaway run by Arjen Robben. The group victory means that the Oranje will face Mexico in the round of 16, while Chile's prize for finishing second is a second-round encounter with Brazil.

BPL players to feature
Netherlands: Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa). Subs not used: Michel Vorm (Swansea), Tim Krul (Newcastle), Jonathan De Guzman (Swansea), Robin van Persie (Manchester United)

Goals scored by BPL teams at the FIFA 2014 World Cup (20)

8 Manchester United
3 Liverpool
2 Arsenal, Chelsea
1 Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Stoke City and Swansea City

BPL goalscorers at the FIFA 2014 World Cup

3 Robin Van Persie (Netherlands & Man Utd).
2 Luis Suarez (Uruguay & Liverpool).
1 Oscar (Brazil & Chelsea), Wilfried Bony (Ivory Coast & Swansea City), Daniel Sturridge (England & Liverpool), Joel Campbell (Costa Rica & Arsenal), Marouane Fellaini (Belgium & Manchester United), Mile Jedinak (Australia & Crystal Palace), Wayne Rooney (England & Manchester United), Olivier Giroud (France & Arsenal), Moussa Sissoko (France & Newcastle), Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria & Stoke), Nani (Portugal & Manchester United), Javier Hernandez (Mexico & Manchester United), Fernandinho (Brazil & Manchester City), Juan Mata (Spain & Manchester United), Fernando Torres (Spain & Chelsea).

* players classified as BPL players are those registered to 2014/15 Premier League clubs until 30 June, 2014, even if they are to be released or are or have been on loan at another club this season.

­­2014 FIFA World Cup fixtures

24 June (BST)
5pm
 Italy v Uruguay
5pm Costa Rica v England
9pm Japan v Colombia
9pm Greece v Ivory Coast

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