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Jun 30, 2014

Soccer- France eliminate Nigeria, Suarez says sorry

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 30 (Reuters) – France reached the World Cup quarter-finals on Monday with a 2-0 win over Nigeria that left only one African team still in, while Uruguay striker Luis Suarez broke his silence to apologise for biting.

Algeria, the remaining African side and also the sole Arab nation represented, play Germany in Monday’s second game.

Jun 29, 2014

Departing Chile earn hero status despite Brazil jinx

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Chile’s so nearly conquering heroes are sure of an incredible welcome on their return from a World Cup where they eliminated champions Spain but were cruelly knocked out by Brazil for the fourth time in their history.

“The dream is over, but not the applause,” said La Tercera newspaper in a chorus of praise round the nation. “Dry your tears and come back to Chile to be received with full honors.”

Jun 29, 2014

Soccer-Departing Chile earn hero status despite Brazil jinx

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 29 (Reuters) – Chile’s so nearly conquering heroes are sure of an incredible welcome on their return from a World Cup where they eliminated champions Spain but were cruelly knocked out by Brazil for the fourth time in their history.

“The dream is over, but not the applause,” said La Tercera newspaper in a chorus of praise round the nation. “Dry your tears and come back to Chile to be received with full honours.”

Jun 28, 2014

Brazil ‘three steps from heaven’, says Scolari

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari said his team were “three steps from heaven” after beating Chile on penalties to reach the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.

The hosts’ excruciatingly tense 3-2 penalty win, after the game in Belo Horizonte ended 1-1 following extra-time, left them three games away from lifting the World Cup for a sixth time and exorcising the ghosts of defeat in the 1950 final on home soil.

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-Brazil ‘three steps from heaven’, says Scolari

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 28 (Reuters) – Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari said his team were “three steps from heaven” after beating Chile on penalties to reach the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.

The hosts’ excruciatingly tense 3-2 penalty win, after the game in Belo Horizonte ended 1-1 following extra-time, left them three games away from lifting the World Cup for a sixth time and exorcising the ghosts of defeat in the 1950 final on home soil.

Jun 28, 2014

‘Beautiful’ Chile agonizingly near, says coach Sampaoli

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Chile came agonizingly close to rewriting World Cup history by nearly defeating Brazil but should take heart from a marvelous performance against the hosts, their coach Jorge Sampaoli said on Saturday.

At 1-1 in the last minute of extra time, Chile striker Mauricio Pinilla could have won the game but shot against the crossbar. A goal then would have reversed three previous World Cup defeats to Brazil in Chile’s history at the tournament.

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-”Beautiful” Chile agonisingly near, says coach Sampaoli

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 28 (Reuters) – Chile came agonisingly close to rewriting World Cup history by nearly defeating Brazil but should take heart from a marvellous performance against the hosts, their coach Jorge Sampaoli said on Saturday.

At 1-1 in the last minute of extra time, Chile striker Mauricio Pinilla could have won the game but shot against the crossbar. A goal then would have reversed three previous World Cup defeats to Brazil in Chile’s history at the tournament.

Jun 27, 2014

‘Forget history, we’re coming for you’, Chile tell Brazil

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Eliminated three times by Brazil in past World Cups, Chile vowed a fearless and fighting approach on the eve of Saturday’s second round knockout game against the hosts and favorites.

Despite the combative talk, ‘La Rojas’ are sweating on the fitness of two key players – defender Gary Medel known as “The Pitbull” and midfielder Arturo Vidal nicknamed “King Arthur” – for the showdown at Belo Horizonte’s Mineirao stadium.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-’Forget history, we’re coming for you’, Chile tell Brazil

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil June 27 (Reuters) – Eliminated three times by Brazil in past World Cups, Chile vowed a fearless and fighting approach on the eve of Saturday’s second round knockout game against the hosts and favourites.

Despite the combative talk, ‘La Roja’ are sweating on the fitness of two key players – defender Gary Medel known as “The Pitbull” and midfielder Arturo Vidal nicknamed “King Arthur” – for the showdown at Belo Horizonte’s Mineirao stadium.

Jun 26, 2014

Soccer – Argentina’s Aguero reported out of World Cup with injury

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Argentine striker Sergio Aguero is out of the World Cup after suffering a muscle tear in the 3-2 victory over Nigeria, a Buenos Aires newspaper reported on Thursday.

Aguero’s injury, which could not be immediately confirmed by team spokesmen, would be a major blow to the South Americans’ campaign to capture a third World Cup, this time on the soil of their great rivals Brazil.

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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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