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Jul 6, 2014

Soccer-Forget Spain, it was Costa Rica ‘tico-taka’ that lit us up

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil July 6 (Reuters) – Costa Rica exit the World Cup proudly unbeaten in open play with a first ever quarter-final appearance, the scalps of two former champions and some tidy football that mocked their underdog status.

“Costa Rica’s heart broken, but soul intact,” read one of the Sunday headlines at home as the Central American nation of less than 5 million people hailed its over-achieving heroes who began the tournament as 4,000-1 outsiders.

Jul 5, 2014

Neymar out of Cup as Brazil and Germany make semis

BELO HORIZONTE (Reuters) – Hosts Brazil suffered a huge blow when they lost leading forward Neymar for the rest of the World Cup through injury on Friday as they set up an epic-looking semi-final against Europe’s biggest remaining team Germany.

Brazil’s poster-boy, in terrific form with four goals at the tournament, fractured a vertebra near the end of a 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia and will be out for several weeks.

Jul 5, 2014

Soccer-Neymar out of Cup as Brazil and Germany make semis

BELO HORIZONTE, July 4 (Reuters) – Hosts Brazil suffered a huge blow when they lost leading forward Neymar for the rest of the World Cup through injury on Friday as they set up an epic-looking semi-final against Europe’s biggest remaining team Germany.

Brazil’s poster-boy, in terrific form with four goals at the tournament, fractured a vertebra near the end of a 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia and will be out for several weeks.

Jul 4, 2014

Soccer-Brazil and Germany reach World Cup semi-finals

BELO HORIZONTE, July 4 (Reuters) – Hosts Brazil and Europe’s biggest remaining team Germany set up an epic-looking World Cup semi-final for next week with deserved victories on Friday over Colombia and France respectively.

Five-times champions Brazil won a frenetic match in Fortaleza 2-1 to end Colombia’s dream run to their first quarter-final, while France succumbed 1-0 to their old nemesis Germany in a more subdued affair in Rio de Janeiro.

Jul 4, 2014

Germany reach World Cup semis, Brazil try next

BELO HORIZONTE (Reuters) – Germany shook off flu and France to ease into the World Cup semi-finals on Friday with a deserved 1-0 victory, while Brazil came to a national standstill ahead of the nervous hosts’ game with carefree Colombia.

Defender Mats Hummel won a surprisingly subdued match between the two European powers with a well-steered 13th minute header from a free kick, giving Germany a remarkable fourth successive World Cup semi-final spot.

Jul 4, 2014

Soccer-Germany reach World Cup semis, Brazil try next

BELO HORIZONTE, July 4 (Reuters) – Germany shook off flu and France to ease into the World Cup semi-finals on Friday with a deserved 1-0 victory, while Brazil came to a national standstill ahead of the nervous hosts’ game with carefree Colombia.

Defender Mats Hummel won a surprisingly subdued match between the two European powers with a well-steered 13th minute header from a free kick, giving Germany a remarkable fourth successive World Cup semi-final spot.

Jul 4, 2014

Overpass collapses in World Cup city

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – An unfinished overpass collapsed in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte on Thursday, killing at least one person and casting a shadow over a tournament that has suffered repeated construction accidents and delays.

The bridge, located about two miles (3 km) from the Mineirao Stadium where World Cup games are being played, collapsed as vehicles were passing on a busy road underneath.

Jul 3, 2014

Overpass collapses in World Cup city, crushes vehicles

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – An unfinished overpass collapsed in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte on Thursday, leaving at least one person dead and casting a shadow over a tournament that has suffered repeated construction accidents and delays.

The bridge, located about two miles (3 km) from the Mineirao Stadium where World Cup games are being played, collapsed as vehicles were passing on a busy road underneath.

Jul 3, 2014

It’s only a game! World Cup keeps fans laughing

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – What’s the difference between a tea-bag and the England football team? The tea-bag stays in a cup longer!

Heard what Spain’s coach Vicente Del Bosque said to his charges after two shock losses? “Don’t worry, we still have options: aisle or window seats.”

Jul 3, 2014

Soccer – It’s only a game! World Cup keeps fans laughing

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 3 (Reuters) – What’s the difference between a tea-bag and the England football team? The tea-bag stays in a cup longer!

Heard what Spain’s coach Vicente Del Bosque said to his charges after two shock losses? “Don’t worry, we still have options: aisle or window seats.”

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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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