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Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Algeria hold heads high as sole Arab presence in Brazil

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 18 (Reuters) – Despite losing their opening match, Algeria fans were still beaming with pride at their team’s performance and status as the only Arab nation present at the World Cup.

Algeria went down 2-1 to highly rated Belgium on Tuesday, yet they at least scored a goal at the finals for the first time since 1986 and were on course for a famous upset until the Europeans struck twice in the last 20 minutes.

Jun 17, 2014

Missed foul, unfit players behind Algeria defeat – coach

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Algeria’s coach conceded his inexperienced team were exposed by a much fitter Belgium on Tuesday but also complained a foul was missed in the run-up to the deciding goal during the Africans’ 2-1 defeat.

Algeria scored their first World Cup goal in 28 years to take a surprise first-half lead against the Group H favourites when playmaker Sofiane Feghouli fired home from the penalty spot.

Jun 17, 2014

Fellaini shines for Belgium, buries awful Man United season

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Lanky midfielder Marouane Fellaini put a miserable season for Manchester United behind him with a fine headed goal for Belgium on Tuesday to spark a revival in their 2-1 win against Algeria at the World Cup.

After regularly netting in the English Premier League at Everton, the 26-year-old Fellaini failed to score once during his debut season at Manchester United.

Jun 17, 2014

FYI we had to be v patient IMHO: Belgium coach tells texters

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Belgium coach Marc Wilmots reminded expectant fans that patience is a virtue after being inundated with text messages from home demanding more urgency when his side struggled to get to grips with Algeria on Tuesday.

Wilmots praised his highly-fancied team’s organization after a slow World Cup start as they hit back from a goal down to break the Africans’ resistance and win their Group H opener 2-1.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Fellaini shines for Belgium, buries awful Man Utd season

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 17 (Reuters) – Lanky midfielder Marouane Fellaini put a miserable season for Manchester United behind him with a fine headed goal for Belgium on Tuesday to spark a revival in their 2-1 win against Algeria at the World Cup.

After regularly netting in the English Premier League at Everton, the 26-year-old Fellaini failed to score once during his debut season at Manchester United.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-FYI we had to be v patient IMHO – Belgium coach tells texters

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 17 (Reuters) – Belgium coach Marc Wilmots reminded expectant fans that patience is a virtue after being inundated with text messages from home demanding more urgency when his side struggled to get to grips with Algeria on Tuesday.

Wilmots praised his highly-fancied team’s organisation after a slow World Cup start as they hit back from a goal down to break the Africans’ resistance and win their Group H opener 2-1.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Down but not out, Uruguay gun for ‘unlucky’ England

SETE LAGOAS, Brazil, June 16 (Reuters) – Still smarting from a shock opening defeat, Uruguay’s coach and captain said on Monday they were working on how to annul England’s speedy strikers in a “life-or-death” Group D clash.

Although last World Cup semi-finalists Uruguay ended surprisingly well beaten 3-1 by Costa Rica, many considered England hard done by in a 2-1 defeat by Italy after one of their best attacking performances under coach Roy Hodgson.

Jun 15, 2014

Name a famous Belgian?’ Noone’s laughing now

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – With a star-studded squad that makes a mockery of the old joke ‘who can name a famous Belgian?’, young and talented Belgium should breeze past Algeria in the Group H opener on Tuesday.

Maligned as a non-entity in the past their nation may have been, but now the soccer team trips off everyone’s tongues: Thibault Courtois in goal, Vincent Kompany marshalling the back, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku terrorizing defences.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-’Name a famous Belgian?’ Noone’s laughing now.

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) – With a star-studded squad that makes a mockery of the old joke ‘who can name a famous Belgian?’, young and talented Belgium should breeze past Algeria in the Group H opener on Tuesday.

Maligned as a non-entity in the past their nation may have been, but now the soccer team trips off everyone’s tongues: Thibault Courtois in goal, Vincent Kompany marshalling the back, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku terrorizing defences.

Jun 14, 2014

Colombia thrash Greece in joyous World Cup return

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) –

Colombia celebrated their first World Cup appearance since 1998 by sweeping aside Greece 3-0 on Saturday with a free-flowing display that showed their abundance of attacking talent even without top striker Radamel Falcao.

The result at the Estadio Mineirao stadium confirmed the South Americans’ pre-tournament status as Group C favourites, though Ivory Coast and Japan are likely to prove trickier rivals.

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      "Andrew Cawthorne is a British journalist who has worked for Reuters since 1992 on various assignments in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to that, Andrew worked on newspapers for several years."
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