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Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Neymar inspires Brazil, Dutch storm on at World Cup

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – Brazil’s poster-boy striker Neymar fulfilled a nation’s expectations to score twice in a 4-1 destruction of Cameroon on Monday while the Netherlands again showed their potential to win the World Cup with a third straight win.

The 22-year-old Neymar, his team’s box-office attraction and main hope for goals, again rose to the occasion with two precise low shots in the first half either side of Cameroon’s goal.

Jun 23, 2014

Costa Rica fear backlash by ‘mother of football’ England

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Giant-slayers Costa Rica must not look down their noses at eliminated England despite their remarkably different fortunes at the World Cup, the Central Americans’ coach said on Monday.

Viewed as tournament underdogs, the ‘Ticos’ have already qualified for the next round after stunning wins over Uruguay and Italy, while England lost to the same opponents and are flying home straight after Tuesday’s game against Costa Rica.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Costa Rica fear backlash by ‘mother of football’ England

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – Giant-slayers Costa Rica must not look down their noses at eliminated England despite their remarkably different fortunes at the World Cup, the Central Americans’ coach said on Monday.

Viewed as tournament underdogs, the ‘Ticos’ have already qualified for the next round after stunning wins over Uruguay and Italy, while England lost to the same opponents and are flying home straight after Tuesday’s game against Costa Rica.

Jun 23, 2014

Long-suffering fans stick with England to bitter end

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – You dream for years, you travel thousands of kilometers, you spend a fortune, and then you end up watching your humiliated team play a totally meaningless World Cup game.

So how does it feel for fans of eliminated England gathering in Belo Horizonte for their last match on Tuesday?

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Long-suffering fans stick with England to bitter end

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – You dream for years, you travel thousands of kilometres, you spend a fortune – and then you end up watching your humiliated team play a totally meaningless World Cup game.

So how does it feel for fans of eliminated England gathering in Belo Horizonte for their last match on Tuesday?

Jun 23, 2014

Factbox: Who’ll make it? World Cup scenarios before group finales

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – With the final round of games about to start in the World Cup groups, there is plenty to play for and a plethora of permutations for many of the 32 teams competing for glory in Brazil.

Here are the main possibilities based on the latest standings (here).

GROUP A

Qualified: No-one

Eliminated: Cameroon

Still at stake: Brazil and Mexico are joint top of the group on four points. They will both qualify if they beat Cameroon and Croatia respectively on Monday.

Jun 23, 2014

Who’ll make it? World Cup scenarios before group finales

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – With the final round of games about to start in the World Cup groups, there is plenty to play for and a plethora of permutations for many of the 32 teams competing for glory in Brazil.

Here are the main possibilities based on the latest standings (here).

GROUP A

Qualified: No-one

Eliminated: Cameroon

Still at stake: Brazil and Mexico are joint top of the group on four points. They will both qualify if they beat Cameroon and Croatia respectively on Monday.

Jun 22, 2014

England play for pride against giant-killing Costa Rica

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – England’s wounded ‘Three Lions’ play for pride only in their final World Cup game on Tuesday against Costa Rica who want another scalp to seal top spot in Group D after shocking Uruguay and Italy.

In a thrilling tournament with no pushover teams, the Central Americans have perhaps proved the biggest surprise, fully deserving wins over two former world champions that have taken them beyond the group stage for the fist time since 1990.

Jun 21, 2014

Messi saves Argentine blushes against bold Iran

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Lionel Messi saved Argentina’s blushes with a brilliant stoppage time winner against unheralded Iran at the World Cup on Saturday to send the South Americans into the last 16.

Argentina’s fabled “Fab Four” strike force had appeared heading for a blank at the Mineirao stadium despite dominating possession to the frustration of their massed ranks of fans who came expecting a goalfest at Belo Horizonte’s Mineirao stadium.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Messi saves Argentine blushes against bold Iran

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi saved Argentina’s blushes with a brilliant stoppage time winner against unheralded Iran at the World Cup on Saturday to send the South Americans into the last 16.

Argentina’s fabled “Fab Four” strike force had appeared heading for a blank at the Mineirao stadium despite dominating possession to the frustration of their massed ranks of fans who came expecting a goalfest at Belo Horizonte’s Mineirao stadium.

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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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