Friday Group Stage Match Reports

Star Sixes at The O2 London 14/7/2017 Spain's Carlos Puyol in action v Mexico

France 3 (Pires, Giuly, Abidal)

Portugal 2 (Deco, Postiga)

Robert Pires got night two off to a flyer with a well-taken opener for France. The skipper tucking in from the left past Vitor Baia. Ludovic Giuly then doubled their lead, finding the top corner on the run, before Eric Abidal’s dummy sent Baia to the ground and the ex-Barcelona man slotted home to make it three. Deco’s screamer was a perfect response for Portugal and when Helder Postiga grabbed a second the comeback looked on, but it was just a bit too late for the Portuguese and it was France who took the points.

 

Denmark 2 (Jorgensen, Sorensen)

Germany 2 (Wosz 2)

Underdogs Denmark have been the tournament’s surprise package so far, and their solid, tireless work-rate helped them into a two-goal lead against Germany. Martin Jorgensen steered in from close-range giving Timo Hildebrand little chance in between the sticks, before Chris Sorensen fired home from distance. But in the closing stages Germany rallied, and striker Dariusz Wosz netted a late double to salvage a point for Michael Ballack’s boys.

 

China 0  

Brazil 7 (Baptista 3, Elano, Djalminha, Rivaldo, Juninho)

Star Sixes at The O2 London – 14/7/2017
China v Brazil
Brazil’s Gilberto Silva in action with China’s Hu Zhi Jun.

Brazil ran out comfortable winners in their second match at Star Sixes and it was Julio Baptista who did most of the damage. The former Arsenal forward bagged three, the pick of which was his second that he struck like a rocket into the top corner from just inside the China half. Ex-Manchester City midfielder Elano also scored a fine goal, bending into the roof of the net, while Djalminha’s shot on the turn was well-taken. Rivaldo and Juninho both popped up from close-range in the last minute to give the Samba Boys an easy three points.

 

Italy 2 (Del Piero, Fiore)

Nigeria 1 (Yakubu)

Italy captain Alessandro Del Piero opened his Star Sixes account early on in this game, latching on to a spillage from Nigeria keeper Peter Rufai to tap home. Stefano Fiore made it two, sliding one inside the post for the Azzurri, but ex-Portsmouth striker Yakubu made it a nervy final few minutes after a deft volley past Marco Amelia reduced the arrears. Italy, though, held on for the points.

 

Spain 2 (Morientes,  Salgado)

Mexico 1 (Borgetti)

It took all of ten minutes for this tight affair to finally get its first goal, and it was a nice back flick from former Bolton Wanderers man Jared Borgetti that broke the deadlock. The game looked to be going Mexico’s way as they kept Spain out, but two very late goals turned things around. Ex-Liverpool and Real Madrid frontman Fernando Morientes levelled matters with a crisp finish from inside the area, then, with the last kick of the game, Michel Salgado drilled low past Erubey Cabuto to clinch victory and keep Spain in charge of Group A.

 

England 3 (Owen 2 (1 pen), Gerrard)

Scotland 1 (Burchill)

It was the one everybody had been waiting for and when the Auld Enemy came together it did not disappoint. England took the lead through Michael Owen after Rab Douglas had tripped the striker inside the area. The first penalty of Star Sixes had to be taken twice, the first time Owen took too many steps. But he made no mistake with the second attempt as England went in front. The former Liverpool and Manchester United hitman made it two soon after, but Mark Burchill got Scotland back in the game with his second of the tournament. However, when Steven Gerrard had a chance in the closing stages, he wasn’t going to miss, and lashed into the net to give Douglas no chance and England the three points.