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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.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Colombia thrash Greece in joyous World Cup return

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 14 (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.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer – Colombia beat Greece 3-0 in joyous World Cup return

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 14 (Reuters) – Colombia celebrated their first World Cup appearance since 1998 with a deserved 3-0 win over Greece in a free-flowing display that showed their abundance of attacking talent even without top striker Radamel Falcao.

The South Americans made a blistering start with left back Pablo Amero scoring with a 5th minute deflected shot. Striker Teofilo Gutierrez extended their lead, stabbing home a 58th minute corner, and midfield James Rodriguez added a late third goal to seal the win.

Jun 14, 2014

FIFA probe Argentina for Falklands protest

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Soccer world governing body FIFA said on Friday it had begun disciplinary proceedings against Argentina’s soccer association due to a players’ protest over the Falkland islands at a World Cup warmup game.

At last week’s home friendly against Slovenia in La Plata, the Argentina team stood behind a banner proclaiming sovereignty over the Falkland islands, or Malvinas as South Americans know them, in a long-running dispute with Britain.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-FIFA probe Argentina for Falklands protest

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – Football world governing body FIFA said on Friday it had begun disciplinary proceedings against Argentina’s football association due to a players’ protest over the Falkland islands at a World Cup warmup game.

At last week’s home friendly against Slovenia in La Plata, the Argentina team stood behind a banner proclaiming sovereignty over the Falkland islands, or Malvinas as South Americans know them, in a long-running dispute with Britain.

Jun 13, 2014

Colombia over Falcao, ready to ‘hurt’ Greeks

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Colombia have recovered from losing top striker Radamel Falcao to injury with others in their attack-minded team hoping to “hurt” Greece in Saturday’s Group C opener, coach Jose Pekerman said.

Though Falcao’s absence is a huge blow for the South Americans in their first World Cup since 1998, they still have a wealth of offensive talent with the likes of Teofilo Gutierrez, Jackson Martinez and Carlos Bacca.

Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-Colombia over Falcao, ready to ‘hurt’ Greeks

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – Colombia have recovered from losing top striker Radamel Falcao to injury with others in their attack-minded team hoping to “hurt” Greece in Saturday’s Group C opener, coach Jose Pekerman said.

Though Falcao’s absence is a huge blow for the South Americans in their first World Cup since 1998, they still have a wealth of offensive talent with the likes of Teofilo Gutierrez, Jackson Martinez and Carlos Bacca.

Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-Colombia’s coach tips Messi-led Argentina for cup

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – Colombia coach Jose Pekerman, who gave forward Lionel Messi his international debut for Argentina in 2005, said on Friday the stage may be ready for his countryman to lift the World Cup.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing when I brought Messi into the Argentina national team,” Pekerman, who led Argentina at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and is now in charge of a powerful Colombia team, told reporters in Belo Horizonte.

Jun 12, 2014

Argentina scoff at defensive doubts, play for Messi

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Argentine players laughed off criticism of their supposed defensive weakness on Thursday and vowed there would be no repeat of their 2010 World Cup quarter-final thrashing by Germany.

Having waltzed through the early rounds of the South Africa World Cup, then manager Diego Maradona’s team were humiliated 4-0 by the Germans in a game that exposed what many see as the frailty behind arguably the world’s greatest forward line.

Jun 11, 2014

Uruguay sweat on Suarez, but in ‘better’ shape than 2010

SETE LAGOAS Brazil (Reuters) – Uruguay are still sweating on talismanic striker Luis Suarez’s fitness for the World Cup, but are otherwise in better shape than in South Africa four years ago when they reached the semi-finals, players said on Wednesday.

“Honestly, I think we are better. We have been together practically eight years, we have been through a lot,” midfielder Diego Godin told reporters at the Uruguay camp in a resort in rolling hills at Sete Lagoas near Belo Horizonte.

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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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