Today saw a great win for Brazil with Fred grabbing his first international brace to take his goal tally to seven in seven for A Selecao, seeing his side finish top of Group A. Brazil will now face Group B's runners-up, while Italy will face the winner of the other group.
The full semi-final line-up will be finalised after Group B concludes tomorrow, with Spain facing Nigeria in Fortaleza and Tahiti up against Uruguay in Recife. With more twists and turns just around the corner, do join us from 9.30 local (14.30 CET) as we build up to kick-off in both games (16.00 local, 21.00 CET).
We'll leave you with Xabi Alonso saying goodnight to his Twitter followers:
— Xabi Alonso (@Xabi Alonso) 22/06/2013 21:59
Remains of the day http://t.co/aqXGSKRSdl
Vicente Del Bosque confirms in his press conference that Victor Valdes will start in goal against Nigeria tomorrow, with the outfield players the same as Spain's opening victory against Uruguay (Pique, Iniesta, Xavi, Fabregas, Pedro, Soldado, Sergio Ramos, Busquets, Arbeloa, Alba)
"This is all part of a process and I think it’s the right one. We’ve got a definite style of play, though there are still some areas where we can improve, like how we control the game when we’re in the lead. As for Fred, some people say he shouldn’t be in the team but he’s played seven games for me and scored seven goals."
"[Brazil] are the strongest team along with Spain. We improved in the second half and we showed character and created a lot of good openings, especially down the flanks. I’m happy because we showed some spirit, fought hard to turn the game around and gave Brazil problems. That’s the spirit I’m looking for."
"The team did very well today, we put together some good moves and managed to score. That’s what stood out for me, as well as my players’ constant fighting spirit. I’m confident this team will continue developing. It’s good to leave on a high note."
"Mexico were fitter than us and controlled possession better. Our game against Italy was exhausting, which is why we weren’t as good today. The tournament has helped us to gain more international experience, which was something we were lacking, so overall we can look back positively on our time here."
- Japan 1-2 Mexico was Japan's first defeat to a CONCACAF side after three consecutive wins
- Brazil are now undefeated in five consecutive matches against European teams
- Italy 2-4 Brazil was the hosts' tenth consecutive Confeds win
- Shinji Okazaki's goal today was his 35th in 66 internationals
- Javier Hernandez has the same amount (35) in 53 Mexico matches
- Fred's brace was his first at international level
Cesare Prandelli says Ignazio Abate is out of the Confeds with a shoulder injury. He was substituted in the first half of Italy's loss to Brazil.
Stay with us as we get the latest reaction from the coaches and players as we get it. We'll also have video highlights for you from both games as soon as we get them.
It's all over in Salvador and Brazil top Group A with their third win in three Confeds games. It was a quiet first half but an action-packed second as the hosts now head into a semi-final against Group B's runners up on Wednesday in Belo Horizonte.
All over here in Belo Horizonte! Mexico are worthy winners having had the majority of the ball and chances. It was Manchester United's Javier Hernandez who got both their goals, but missed a late penalty which would have given him his hat-trick. Japan go home without a point, but Mexico salvage some consolation.