Star Sixes 2017 Results: Spain, England, Brazil Advance to Quarter-Finals


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

Spain hit Scotland for six, while Brazil saw off Nigeria 3-0. Meanwhile, Italy overcame China in a 4-2 thriller.

France face Denmark, while Germany take on Portugal later this afternoon, with the final two spots in the last eight still up for grabs. The quarter-final ties will be played Saturday evening, per the tournament’s schedule on the official website.

Brazil were rampant against Nigeria, 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.

The decisive strike was relayed on the tournament’s official Twitter account:

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:

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:

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