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Jun 19, 2014

Monkey off his back, Messi can shine against Iran

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Having already bettered his last World Cup with a nerve-easing first goal in Argentina’s opener, Lionel Messi should lead his countrymen to an easy win against unheralded Iran in Belo Horizonte on Saturday.

Argentina started with a five-man defence in their 2-1 defeat of Bosnia but coach Alejandro Sabella should toss off the shackles and start with the players’ preferred 4-3-3 against one of the tournament’s most limited teams.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-Champions Spain out of World Cup, Dutch march on

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 18 (Reuters) – Holders Spain crashed humiliatingly out of the World Cup on Wednesday after a second shock defeat while 2010 runners-up the Netherlands continued their perfect start with another high-scoring win.

Thrashed 5-1 by the Dutch in their opening game, Spain’s normally composed and incisive team again looked a spent force, allowing Chile to score twice in the first half then hold firm for a totally deserved, glorious win.

Jun 18, 2014

Champions Spain out of World Cup, Dutch march on

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Holders Spain crashed out of the World Cup on Wednesday with barely a fight after their second shock defeat while 2010 runners-up the Netherlands continued their perfect start with another high-scoring win.

Thrashed 5-1 by the Dutch in their opening game, Spain’s normally composed and incisive team again collapsed quickly at the back, this time against Chile who scored twice in the first half then held firm for a glorious win.

Jun 18, 2014

Singing binmen of Belo Horizonte entertain fans

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – The strait-laced Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte may not have exotic Amazon or sun-kissed beaches to entertain fans between matches – but it does have its very own singing binmen.

Every night, the rubbish collectors trundle down streets chanting songs, shouting and sticking thumbs up to soccer fans, and banging rhythms out on metal bins and trucks.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Singing binmen of Belo Horizonte entertain fans

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 18 (Reuters) – The strait-laced Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte may not have exotic Amazon or sun-kissed beaches to entertain fans between matches – but it does have its very own singing binmen.

Every night, the rubbish collectors trundle down streets chanting songs, shouting and sticking thumbs up to football fans, and banging rhythms out on metal bins and lorries.

Jun 18, 2014

Uruguay captain Lugano out of England match

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Uruguay’s captain and defender Diego Lugano will miss the World Cup Group D match against England on Thursday due to pain in his left knee, the Uruguayan football association said.

“It’s got worse in recent days, despite physio treatment,” said a statement on Wednesday from the Uruguayan camp at a resort in countryside outside Belo Horizonte.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Uruguay captain Lugano out of England match

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 18 (Reuters) – Uruguay’s captain and defender Diego Lugano will miss the World Cup Group D match against England on Thursday due to pain in his left knee, the Uruguayan football association said.

“It’s got worse in recent days, despite physio treatment,” said a statement on Wednesday from the Uruguayan camp at a resort in countryside outside Belo Horizonte.

Jun 18, 2014

Algeria hold heads high as sole Arab presence in Brazil

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Despite losing their opening match, Algeria fans were still beaming with pride at their team’s performance and status as the only Arab nation present at the World Cup.

Algeria went down 2-1 to highly rated Belgium on Tuesday, yet they at least scored a goal at the finals for the first time since 1986 and were on course for a famous upset until the Europeans struck twice in the last 20 minutes.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Algeria hold heads high as sole Arab presence in Brazil

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 18 (Reuters) – Despite losing their opening match, Algeria fans were still beaming with pride at their team’s performance and status as the only Arab nation present at the World Cup.

Algeria went down 2-1 to highly rated Belgium on Tuesday, yet they at least scored a goal at the finals for the first time since 1986 and were on course for a famous upset until the Europeans struck twice in the last 20 minutes.

Jun 17, 2014

Missed foul, unfit players behind Algeria defeat – coach

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Algeria’s coach conceded his inexperienced team were exposed by a much fitter Belgium on Tuesday but also complained a foul was missed in the run-up to the deciding goal during the Africans’ 2-1 defeat.

Algeria scored their first World Cup goal in 28 years to take a surprise first-half lead against the Group H favourites when playmaker Sofiane Feghouli fired home from the penalty spot.

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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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