Star Sixes- Final group stage results: Brazin, France, Denmark qualify; Portugal win Germany but crash out; Nigeria lose but go through

Brazil, Spain, England and Italy all won to qualify for the quarter-final of the 2017 Star Sixes at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday.
Group A

Spain 6-0 Scotland

England 2-1 Mexico 

Former Liverpool and Fulham playmaker Danny Murphy scored the winner as England beat Mexico 2-1 to progress from Group A.

England were one up early thanks to an unfamiliar source. It was midfielder Lee Hendrie who drilled the Three Lions into the lead.

El Tri pulled one back courtesy of Braulio Luna, before Murphy restored England’s advantage. It was enough to put the hosts in the quarter-final.

Spain also turned on the style as they hit Scotland for six. There was an unlikely goal hero in the form of right-back Michel Salgado.

Hardly known for finding the net during his days with Real Madrid and Blackburn Rovers, Salgado bagged a brace against the Scots. He got Spain started with this terrific strike.

It was Salgado who doubled Spain’s advantage, before Gaizka Mendieta made it three. Then it was time for the Spanish to put on the kind of pass-and-move clinic their modern generation has become known for at international level.

Defender Carlos Marchena was the lucky recipient of an easy finish at the end of a rapid and precise exchange of passes.

Alfonso and Luis Garcia added goals to cap the scoring and send a message to the rest about Spain’s quality.
Spain P 3 W 3 D 0 L 0 GD +10 Pts 9

England P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1 GD 0 Pts 6

Scotland P 3 W 1 D 0 L 2 GD -6 Pts 3

Mexico P 3 W 0 D 0 L 3 GD -4 Pts 0

  • Group B

Brazil 3-0 Nigeria

Italy 4-2 China 

Brazil were rampant as they saw off Nigeria with an emphatic 3-0 victory, with former Sevilla, Real Madrid and Arsenal star Julio Baptista opening the scoring in typically emphatic style. The powerhouse forward worked space for the shot before rifling the ball home.

It was 2-0 when former Manchester City forward Elano tapped home from close range after a slick combination of passes in the final third. The goal was a testament to Brazil’s quality on the ball.

Brazil’s typical flair was best embodied by this moment of improvised brilliance from one-time Deportivo La Coruna maestro Djalminha.

Their passing and movement was too quick for Nigeria, who were made to pay when ex-Middlesbrough talisman Juninho swept in a stylish third goal to seal his nation’s place in the last eight.

Italy beat China 4-2 in a six-goal thriller. Skipper Alessandro Del Piero opened the scoring for the Azzurri, before Paolo Di Canio added a superb second.

China battled back valiantly and got one of the goals of the day.

However, Luciano Zauri scored twice to put the game beyond doubt for Italy.
Brazil P 3 W 3 D 0 L 0 GD +11 Pts 9

Italy P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1 GD +2 Pts 6

Nigeria P 3 W 1 D 0 L 2 GD -3 Pts 3

China P 3 W 0 D 0 L 3 GD -10 Pts 0

Group C

France 1-1 Denmark

Germany 0-2 Portugal
Denmark finished top of Group C after a 1-1 draw with France.
In the other group game, Portugal failed to qualify despite defeating Germany 2-0. Portugal lost their first two games.
Denmark P 3 W 1 D 2 L 0 GD +2 Pts 5

France P 3 W 1 D 1 L 1 GD 0 Pts 4

Germany P 3 W 1 D 1 L 1 GD -1 Pts 4

Portugal P 3 W 1 D 0 L 2 GD -1 Pts 3


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