Star Sixes: Quarter final results – Spain crush Nigeria; Brazil beat Germany

Spain 8 – 1 Nigeria

Brazil 3 – 1 Germany 

Denmark 3 – 1 England 

Italy 2 – 4 France 

  • England were knocked out of the Betsafe Star Sixes at the quarter-final stage as they suffered a 3-1 defeat to dark horses Denmark at the O2 Arena on Saturday night. England, who beat Mexico 2-1 in their final group game earlier in the day, fell behind to goals from Chris Sorenson and Daniel Jansen before skipper Steven Gerrard pulled one back with a sharp turn and finish from an acute angle. Gerrard and his team-mates went in search of an equaliser as the crowd roared them on, but Denmark re-established their two-goal advantage when Jansen swept home his second from close-range. England kept coming forward in the closing stages, with even goalkeeper David James sending a long-range shot over the bar, but they were unable to break down their well-organised opponents.

  • Denmark will play crowd favourites Brazil in the semi-finals after they beat Germany by the same scoreline.  Former Arsenal duo Julio Baptista and Gilberto Silva were on target for the Samba Boys, with Amaral adding a stunning third from long range after Marco Reich had pulled a goal back.
  • Spain will face France in the other semi-final after La Roja continued the impressive form that has made them tournament favourites. They thrashed Scotland 6-0 to make it three wins out of three in the group stage, then claimed a 7-1 win over Nigeria in the quarters, with Michel Salgado smashing a hat-trick.
  • West Ham legend Paolo Di Canio netted the 100th goal of Betsafe Star Sixes when he opened the scoring for Italy in the last quarter-final of the night, but France battled back to win 4-2, with skipper Robert Pires scoring twice.

The winner of Betsafe Star Sixes will be decided on Sunday, with the semi-final action starting at 7.30pm
Semifinal 1: Spain v France – 1900, July 16

Semifinal 2: Brazil v Denmark – 1945, July 16
3rd/4th playoff – 2035, July 16
Final – 2120, July 16


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