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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.

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.

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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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