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Jun 16, 2014

Benzema brace as France overrun 10-man Honduras

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – A swashbuckling Karim Benzema led the charge as France overwhelmed Honduras 3-0 in their Group E opener on Sunday, showing a resurgence of flair that should bury the memories of Les Bleus’ debacle in South Africa in 2010.

Benzema bagged a brace himself, while a bizarre own goal by Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares saw goal line technology used for the first time in a World Cup to confirm the ball had crossed the line.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Benzema brace as France overrun 10-man Honduras

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) – A swashbuckling Karim Benzema led the charge as France overwhelmed Honduras 3-0 in their Group E opener on Sunday, showing a resurgence of flair that should bury the memories of Les Bleus’ debacle in South Africa in 2010.

Benzema bagged a brace himself, while a bizarre own goal by Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares saw goal line technology used for the first time in a World Cup to confirm the ball had crossed the line.

Jun 15, 2014

Ugly? We’re a Cinderella team, says Honduras coach

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Honduras are World Cup ‘Cinderellas’ with an undeserved reputation for ugly play, coach Luis Fernando Suarez said on Saturday ahead of his side’s opening Group E game against former champions France.

The Colombian expressed the hope that Brazilians would get behind the unfancied Central Americans and support them in Sunday’s match in Porto Alegre.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Ugly? We’re a Cinderella team, says Honduras coach

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 14 (Reuters) – Honduras are World Cup ‘Cinderellas’ with an undeserved reputation for ugly play, coach Luis Fernando Suarez said on Saturday ahead of his side’s opening Group E game against former champions France.

The Colombian expressed the hope that Brazilians would get behind the unfancied Central Americans and support them in Sunday’s match in Porto Alegre.

Jun 14, 2014

Fans hope France will banish memories of 2010 fiasco

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – The French Revolution of the last World Cup still haunts the memories of fans who have crossed the Atlantic to support Les Bleus in Brazil.

In 2010, players mutinied against coach Raymond Domenech and skulked home from South Africa after a debacle of a campaign.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Fans hope France will banish memories of 2010 fiasco

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 14 (Reuters) – The French Revolution of the last World Cup still haunts the memories of fans who have crossed the Atlantic to support Les Bleus in Brazil.

In 2010, players mutinied against coach Raymond Domenech and skulked home from South Africa after a debacle of a campaign.

Jun 13, 2014

Brazil’s ‘Happy Harbor’ weathers storms as Porto Alegre gets ready

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Torrential rains and violent anti-government protests threatened to put a dampener on Porto Alegre’s World Cup – but on Friday in Rempel’s lunch bar, the debate was just heating up.

“It was never a penalty,” a French fan remonstrated with Senhor Rempel, referring to a controversial decision that helped hosts Brazil to a 3-1 victory over Croatia in the opening match.

Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-Brazil’s ‘Happy Harbour’ weathers storms as Porto Alegre gets ready

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – Torrential rains and violent anti-government protests threatened to put a dampener on Porto Alegre’s World Cup – but on Friday in Rempel’s lunch bar, the debate was just heating up.

“It was never a penalty,” a French fan remonstrated with Senhor Rempel, referring to a controversial decision that helped hosts Brazil to a 3-1 victory over Croatia in the opening match.

Jun 13, 2014

Erratic France aim not to trip over underdogs Honduras

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Former champions France should put underdogs Honduras to the sword in their World Cup Group E opener in Porto Alegre on Sunday – although their penchant for self-destruction gives the Central Americans hope of an upset.

Les Bleus go into the campaign with a happier, more settled squad under coach Didier Deschamps and will aim to banish the memories of the 2010 tournament in South Africa, when the players revolted against Raymond Domenech and flew home in disgrace after a disastrous showing.

Jun 7, 2014

Ghana’s Asamoah seeks to bury memory of 2010 heartbreak

LONDON (Reuters) – If the last World Cup holds only memories of heartbreak for Ghana’s Kwadwo Asamoah, this time round he is stronger, wiser and could be the key player if the Black Stars are to make good on their frustrated ambitions.

Asamoah played in the quarter-final against Uruguay in Johannesburg in 2010 when a Luis Suarez goal-line handball, a missed penalty by team mate Asamoah Gyan and a defeat in the subsequent penalty shoutout denied the Black Stars the honor of becoming the first African side to reach the semi-finals.

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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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