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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.”

Jul 2, 2014

Argentina thank ‘post of God’, prepare for Belgium

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Argentina thanked their lucky stars and the “post of God” for scraping into the World Cup quarter-finals and began preparing on Wednesday for a weekend clash with Belgium.

The Argentine team flew straight back to their camp in Belo Horizonte after beating Switzerland on Tuesday with a goal by Angel Di Maria two minutes from the end of extra time.

Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-Argentina thank ‘post of God’, prepare for Belgium

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 3 (Reuters) – Argentina thanked their lucky stars and the “post of God” for scraping into the World Cup quarter-finals and began preparing on Wednesday for a weekend clash with Belgium.

The Argentine team flew straight back to their camp in Belo Horizonte after beating Switzerland on Tuesday with a goal by Angel Di Maria two minutes from the end of extra time.

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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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