2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™

21 November - 18 December

Group E goes down to the wire


Group B's final two games take place today, with Spain facing Nigeria and Uruguay taking on Tahiti to determine who will qualify for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 semi-finals. Any one of the four side could still make it through in theory - though Tahiti will know that is a forlorn hope - so exciting, hard-fought games are on the cards.   

The matches
Nigeria-Spain, Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza, Sunday 23 June, 16.00 (local time)Uruguay-Tahiti, Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Sunday 23 June, 16.00 (local time)

The duel
Fernando Torres (Spain) - John Obi Mikel (Nigeria)

When they run out onto the pitch on Sunday the two Chelsea team-mates will be in the unusual position of playing against each other. While Torres will be looking to add to his goal tally following the four he racked up during Spain’s 10-0 rout of Tahiti, John Obi Mikel will be hoping to rediscover his touch after failing to find the net in his side’s 2-1 loss to Uruguay.

*The absentees
Diego Lugano (Uruguay) - suspended 

The expert’s view
*“So far Tahiti have played an open game and the players haven’t been afraid to go forward and attack, and they’ve defended with real intelligence. In fact, they’ve thrown themselves whole-heartedly into both their matches and competed as though they deserve to be here, though their quality isn’t at the same level as their opponents. They will lose, of course, but I have complete faith that they will fight hard and try to take any chance they’re given up until the last moment. Personally speaking I’m happy to see them at this tournament because it’s a pleasure to see them play,” *Gerard Houllier.

*The fact
Only five players have scored own-goals in the history of the FIFA Confederations Cup, two of whom are in this year’s Tahiti side with both goals coming in their 6-1 defeat to Nigeria.

The anniversary
Brazil-Turkey 2-2, 23 June 2003, Saint-Etienne (France)

A decade ago today title-holders Brazil were knocked out of the FIFA Confederations Cup France 2003 when they drew 2-2 with Turkey in their final Group B game, having earlier lost to Cameroon and defeated United States. The result took Turkey through to the semi-finals where they went down 3-2 to the hosts, before securing the last place on the podium with a 2-1 victory over Colombia in the match for third place. 

*The birthdays
Hayden Fox (Australia), 36 – Played in the FIFA Confederations Cup 2001
Patrick Vieira (France), 37 – Played in the FIFA Confederations Cup 2001
Lee Minsung (Korea Republic), 40 - Played in the FIFA Confederations Cup 2001
Clive Barker (South Africa), 69 – Participated in the FIFA Confederations Cup 1997 as a coach 

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