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Gustavo and Dante through to semi-finals

Brazil and Bayern pair Luiz Gustavo and Dante are through to the Confederations Cup semi-finals with a game to spare. A Seleção defeated Mexico 2-0 on Wednesday evening in their second group match, and with Italy beating Japan 4-3 in the subsequent game, Brazil can no longer fail to make the last four. A 50,791 crowd at Estadio Castelão in Fortaleza saw Neymar open the scoring after nine minutes, with Jo finally sealing the win in the third minute of stoppage time. Luiz Gustavo again completed the full 90 minutes of an entertaining contest, with Dante an unused substitute for the second time. However, the Bayern man will be hopeful of playing a part in his country's final group match against the Italians on Saturday in his hometown of Salvador de Bahia, as centre-back David Luiz sustained a broken nose in the Mexico clash. “I have – how do you say this? – real desire, real lust to play," said Dante.

FCB a game short in first half of new league season
The new Bundesliga fixtures will be published on Friday. Champions Bayern will contest the traditional season opener on a Friday evening at home, and it is almost certain that the treble winners will only play 16 rather than the conventional 17 league fixtures in the first half of the season before Christmas, because on the weekend slated for the 17th round of matches, the Champions League holders will be competing in the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco. In all likelihood, Bayern will play their 17th match in the first or second week of February 2014. Furthermore, due to the European Super Cup final in Prague on 30 August, Bayern's fourth Bundesliga match will be brought forward to Tuesday 27 August.