JOHANNESBURG, June 28 (Reuters) – It was a mistake to show
replays of Argentina’s controversial opening goal against Mexico
on giant stadium screens during Sunday’s World Cup game, world
soccer’s governing body said on Monday.
The replay of Carlos Tevez’s opening goal from a clear
offside position sparked a melee during the game and at
half-time rival substitutes squared up to one another behind the
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Old rivals England and Germany’s second-round match will set World Cup betting records spurred by a wave of ‘patriotic gambles’ on the game, bookmakers said on Saturday.
Bookmaker William Hill said the betting industry was likely to see a record 30 million pounds ($44.91 million) placed with many punters putting their money on a win for England in Bloemfontein on Sunday
JOHANNESBURG, June 26 (Reuters) – Old rivals England and
Germany’s second-round match will set World Cup betting records
spurred by a wave of ‘patriotic gambles’ on the game, bookmakers
said on Saturday.
Bookmaker William Hill (WMH.L: Quote, Profile, Research) said the betting industry was
likely to see a record 30 million pounds ($44.91 million) placed
with many punters putting their money on a win for England in
Bloemfontein on Sunday
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Switzerland captain Alex Frei will be on the bench for Friday’s World Cup Group H game against Honduras in Bloemfontein, said a team spokesman.
“We will start with the same lineup that played against Spain,” Marco von Ah told Reuters. “He (Frei) will be one of the first to go on if the result is going our way.”
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The strain of living up to the raised expectations of playing on home soil is the reason most African countries have underperformed at the World Cup, Ivory Coast striker Salomon Kalou said on Thursday.
Kalou said most African players had put a lot of pressure on themselves because the World Cup was being hosted on the continent for the first time.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Ghana will be out to save Africa’s honour by seizing the chance to qualify for the second round of the World Cup, coach Milovan Rajevac said on Tuesday.
After the elimination of host nation South Africa and local power houses Cameroon and Nigeria while Ivory Coast and Algeria need a miracle, Ghana stand a realistic chance to advance with a draw or win against group favourites Germany on Wednesday.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Midfielder Sulley Muntari has been reprimanded but allowed to stay with Ghana’s World Cup team following an outburst after the game against Australia, the national football association said on Monday.
Ghana FA denied reports by leading German sports magazine Kicker that Muntari was ordered out following an altercation with Ghana’s Serbian coach Milovan Rajevac in the team’s bus after the 1-1 draw on Saturday.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Brazilian and Ivorian players will have to keep their eyes on the ball not the 31 beauty queens who will be at the Soccer City stadium later on Sunday to avoid a repeat of a controversy surrounding Spain’s defeat last week.
British media had suggested the presence of Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas’ glamorous reporter girlfriend near the touchline had distracted him allowing Switzerland to score the winning goal in the first major upset of the World Cup.
VANDERBIJLPARK (Reuters) – Switzerland’s coach Ottmar Hitzfeld on Saturday warned his players not to let their win against Spain go to their heads with the unfancied team set to again be underdogs when they face Chile on Monday.
Unfancied Switzerland caused a major upset by beating then World Cup tournament favourite Spain in their opening game, and face Group H co-leaders Chile in their next game.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Injuries to defensive duo John Mensah and Isaac Vorsah have forced Ghana’s coach to make changes to his starting lineup for their second World Cup game against Australia on Saturday in Rustenburg in Group D.
Mensah, who captained Ghana in their 1-0 win against Serbia, picked up a knock in a pre-match training session on Friday and has been replaced by Jonathan Mensah, a 19-year-old hard-tackling centre back.