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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.

Jun 26, 2014

Chile face nemesis Brazil in World Cup knockout

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – World Cup favorites Brazil have rediscovered their swagger and boast a superb past record against Chile but go into Saturday’s do-or-die game knowing their rivals have enough attacking prowess to wreck the hosts’ party.

Seeking a sixth World Cup on home soil, Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men hit their stride in a 4-1 demolition of Cameroon that won them Group A and showed striker Neymar at his very best with two great goals and crowd-pleasing trickery on the ball.

Jun 26, 2014

Soccer-Chile face nemesis Brazil in World Cup knockout

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 26 (Reuters) – World Cup favourites Brazil have rediscovered their swagger and boast a superb past record against Chile but go into Saturday’s do-or-die game knowing their rivals have enough attacking prowess to wreck the hosts’ party.

Seeking a sixth World Cup on home soil, Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men hit their stride in a 4-1 demolition of Cameroon that won them Group A and showed striker Neymar at his very best with two great goals and crowd-pleasing trickery on the ball.

Jun 25, 2014

Dancing Colombia set bar for wild World Cup celebrations

CARACAS (Reuters) – Forgotten for a moment who won the 1990 World Cup?

Maybe, but if you are old enough, it’s impossible not to remember Roger Milla’s hip-shaking celebrations for Cameroon or Salvatore Toto Schillaci’s euphorically bulging eyes as he wheeled away from goal-after-goal for Italy.

Tournaments down the years have often been as memorable for their clever and crazy celebrations as the actual trophy winners.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Dancing Colombia set bar for wild World Cup celebrations

CARACAS, June 25 (Reuters) – Forgotten for a moment who won the 1990 World Cup?

Maybe, but if you are old enough, it’s impossible not to remember Roger Milla’s hip-shaking celebrations for Cameroon or Salvatore Toto Schillaci’s euphorically bulging eyes as he wheeled away from goal-after-goal for Italy.

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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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