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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.

Jul 1, 2014

Costa Rica keeper Navas focuses on Dutch, not Madrid

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas, hero of a penalty shootout against Greece that put the ‘Ticos’ in their first ever quarter-final, is ignoring talk of a possible transfer to Real Madrid while the World Cup is on.

Costa Rica play the Netherlands on Saturday.

“There are more important things right now, like the honor of a nation, and wanting to make history for Costa Rica,” Navas told reporters asking him about media reports from Spain that Real Madrid are hoping to sign him.

Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-Costa Rica keeper Navas focuses on Dutch, not Madrid

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 1 (Reuters) – Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas, hero of a penalty shootout against Greece that put the ‘Ticos’ in their first ever quarter-final, is ignoring talk of a possible transfer to Real Madrid while the World Cup is on.

Costa Rica play the Netherlands on Saturday.

“There are more important things right now, like the honour of a nation, and wanting to make history for Costa Rica,” Navas told reporters asking him about media reports from Spain that Real Madrid are hoping to sign him.

Jul 1, 2014

Colombians hope slain player’s memory inspires

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Colombian fans are paying tribute to defender Andres Escobar, gunned down 20 years ago after scoring an own goal in the World Cup, and hope his memory will inspire the current crop’s hunt for glory.

In one of the darkest chapters of football history, Escobar was shot outside a bar in Medellin on July 2, 1994, in apparent retribution for an own goal he scored days earlier hastening Colombia’s exit from the World Cup in the United States.

Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-Colombians hope slain player’s memory inspires

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 1 (Reuters) – Colombian fans are paying tribute to defender Andres Escobar, gunned down 20 years ago after scoring an own goal in the World Cup, and hope his memory will inspire the current crop’s hunt for glory.

In one of the darkest chapters of football history, Escobar was shot outside a bar in Medellin on July 2, 1994, in apparent retribution for an own goal he scored days earlier hastening Colombia’s exit from the World Cup in the United States.

Jul 1, 2014

Germany and France end African hopes, Suarez sorry

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany and France snuffed out African hopes and reached the World Cup quarter-finals on Monday with hard-won victories over Algeria and Nigeria, while Uruguay striker Luis Suarez broke his silence to apologize for biting.

Both European powerhouses struggled for their wins, France needing late goals to see off African champions Nigeria 2-0 and Germany only securing their 2-1 victory over Algeria in 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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