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Jun 25, 2014

Freak injury might rule Nigeria’s Babatunde out of World Cup

By Angus MacSwan

(Reuters) – Nigeria midfielder Michel Babatunde looks likely to miss the rest of the World Cup after he was struck on the arm by a powerful shot from team mate Ogenyi Onazi in their 3-2 loss to Argentina on Wednesday.

The incident occurred in the 66th minute with medics bounding up the player’s arm while he lay on the pitch before taking him away on a stretcher.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Freak injury might rule Nigeria’s Babatunde out of World Cup

June 25 (Reuters) – Nigeria midfielder Michel Babatunde looks likely to miss the rest of the World Cup after he was struck on the arm by a powerful shot from team mate Ogenyi Onazi in their 3-2 loss to Argentina on Wednesday.

The incident occurred in the 66th minute with medics bounding up the player’s arm while he lay on the pitch before taking him away on a stretcher.

Jun 25, 2014

Argentina try to save Messi’s magic for knockout round

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Lionel Messi has scored in all of Argentina’s group games and while the South Americans clearly depend on the livewire forward, coach Alejandro Sabella is wary of pushing him too hard ahead of the knockout round.

The forward scored twice on Wednesday to help Argentina secure a 3-2 win over African champions Nigeria and clinch first place in Group F for the South Americans.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Argentina try to save Messi’s magic for knockout round

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 25 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi has scored in all of Argentina’s group games and while the South Americans clearly depend on the livewire forward, coach Alejandro Sabella is wary of pushing him too hard ahead of the knockout round.

The forward scored twice on Wednesday to help Argentina secure a 3-2 win over African champions Nigeria and clinch first place in Group F for the South Americans.

Jun 25, 2014

Argentine fans swamp Porto Alegre for Nigeria match

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Porto Alegre was awash in a sea of sky-blue and white on Wednesday as tens of thousands of Argentina fans flooded the southern Brazilian city for their team’s concluding World Cup Group F match against Nigeria.

Police have called in reinforcements to increase security and guard against any possible crowd problems, although, the early morning mood was friendly and festive.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Argentine fans swamp Porto Alegre for Nigeria match

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 25 (Reuters) – Porto Alegre was awash in a sea of sky-blue and white on Wednesday as tens of thousands of Argentina fans flooded the southern Brazilian city for their team’s concluding World Cup Group F match against Nigeria.

Police have called in reinforcements to increase security and guard against any possible crowd problems, although, the early morning mood was friendly and festive.

Jun 24, 2014

With ‘Garra Charrua’, Uruguay always play with bite

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Uruguay’s World Cup victory over Italy showed again the country’s unique spirit of “La Garra Charrua” – a gritty, fighting character which is never stronger than in do-or-die situations.

The word comes from the Charrua Indians, reputedly ferocious warriors who were wiped out in the 19th century.

Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-With ‘Garra Charrua’, Uruguay always play with bite

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) – Uruguay’s World Cup victory over Italy showed again the country’s unique spirit of “La Garra Charrua” – a gritty, fighting character which is never stronger than in do-or-die situations.

The word comes from the Charrua Indians, reputedly ferocious warriors who were wiped out in the 19th century.

Jun 23, 2014

Porto Alegre set for ‘gaucho fiesta’ as Argentines invade

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – By car, bus and plane, tens of thousands of Argentinians are crossing the border into southern Brazil in an invasion of the city of Porto Alegre for Argentina’s match against Nigeria on Wednesday.

It promises to be a celebration of their shared “gaucho” culture as well as soccer. But police are also bracing for trouble from Argentina’s notorious “barras bravas”, hooligans who may try to spoil the party.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Porto Alegre set for ‘gaucho fiesta’ as Argentines invade

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – By car, bus and plane, tens of thousands of Argentinians are crossing the border into southern Brazil in an invasion of the city of Porto Alegre for Argentina’s match against Nigeria on Wednesday.

It promises to be a celebration of their shared “gaucho” culture as well as soccer. But police are also bracing for trouble from Argentina’s notorious “barras bravas”, hooligans who may try to spoil the party.

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      "Angus MacSwan has reported for Reuters for 25 years from Asia, Latin America, the United States, the Middle East, South Africa and the Balkans. He has covered events from the overthrow of President Marcos in the Philippines in 1986 to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. He stood next to Archbishop Desmond Tutu when he voted in South Africa's first free election and witnessed the arrival of the first prisoners to the U.S. camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."
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