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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.

Jun 20, 2014

Don’t mention 1950! England head to scene of U.S. upset

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – As if two defeats at the World Cup in Brazil was not depressing enough for England, now they return to the scene of their infamous loss to a team of American amateurs six decades ago.

It was in Belo Horizonte, where the current team play their last Group D match against Costa Rica on Tuesday, that much-feared England lost 1-0 in 1950 to a feisty, blue-collar U.S. side in one of the World Cup’s greatest ever upsets.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Don’t mention 1950! England head to scene of U.S. upset

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – As if two defeats at the World Cup in Brazil was not depressing enough for England, now they return to the scene of their infamous loss to a team of American amateurs six decades ago.

It was in Belo Horizonte, where the current team play their last Group D match against Costa Rica on Tuesday, that much-feared England lost 1-0 in 1950 to a feisty, blue-collar U.S. side in one of the World Cup’s greatest ever upsets.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Uruguay, Colombia make it South America’s World Cup day

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 19 (Reuters) – South American dark horses Colombia cantered into the World Cup knockout round on Thursday and 2010 semi-finalists Uruguay put hapless England on the brink of elimination with a Luis Suarez-inspired 2-1 win.

Returning from knee surgery and facing several Liverpool team mates, Suarez scored a brilliant header to put Uruguay ahead then won the game with a lethal drive after Wayne Rooney had equalised with his first World Cup goal.

Jun 19, 2014

Uruguay, Colombia make it South America’s World Cup day

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – South American dark horses Colombia cantered to another victory on Thursday and 2010 semi-finalists Uruguay put hapless England on the brink of elimination with a Luis Suarez-inspired 2-1 win.

Returning from injury and playing against various Liverpool team mates, Suarez scored a brilliant header to put Uruguay ahead then won the game with a lethal drive after Wayne Rooney had equalized with his first World Cup goal.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-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 defense 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.

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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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