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Jul 5, 2014

Soccer-Football has shed a tear over Neymar, says Argentina coach

BRASILIA, July 5 (Reuters) – Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella ignored his country’s bitter rivalry with Brazil and said “football had shed a tear” after Neymar was ruled out of the World Cup through injury.

Neymar, who has carried Brazil to the semi-finals, suffered a back injury in the 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia on Friday and will miss the rest of the tournament.

Jul 4, 2014

Bruising Brazil stretch laws to the limit

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Colombia were kicked out of the World Cup by a bruising Brazil team who committed 31 fouls and stretched the laws of the game to the limits on their way to a 2-1 quarter-final win on Friday.

Spanish referee Carlos Velasco stood by and watched as Colombia, who have delighted the world with flowing, attacking soccer were drawn into a kicking match by the hosts who were clearly intent on stopping their opponents playing by any means.

Jul 4, 2014

Soccer-Bruising Brazil stretch laws to the limit

July 4 (Reuters) – Colombia were kicked out of the World Cup by a bruising Brazil team who committed 31 fouls and stretched the laws of the game to the limits on their way to a 2-1 quarter-final win on Friday.

Spanish referee Carlos Velasco stood by and watched as Colombia, who have delighted the world with flowing, attacking football were drawn into a kicking match by the hosts who were clearly intent on stopping their opponents playing by any means.

Jul 3, 2014

Argentina and Belgium revisit the 1980s

BRASILIA (Reuters) – One of the most powerful and enduring World Cup photographs depicts Diego Maradona in possession of the ball, confronted by a posse of six panic-stricken Belgian defenders.

Thirty-two years after the picture was taken, Lionel Messi is set to sow similar terror into the Belgian defense as they face Argentina in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final in Brasilia.

Jul 3, 2014

Soccer-Argentina and Belgium revisit the 1980s

BRASILIA, July 3 (Reuters) – One of the most powerful and enduring World Cup photographs depicts Diego Maradona in possession of the ball, confronted by a posse of six panic-stricken Belgian defenders.

Thirty-two years after the picture was taken, Lionel Messi is set to sow similar terror into the Belgian defence as they face Argentina in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final in Brasilia.

Jul 2, 2014

Argentina, Belgium through after extra-time drama

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Argentina scored in the 118th minute to beat Switzerland and Belgium clung on to defeat the United States in another heart-stopping period of extra time to reach the World Cup quarter-finals amid more extraordinary drama on Tuesday.

Angel Di Maria struck with two minutes of the extra period remaining to give Argentina a 1-0 win over stubborn Switzerland, who still had time to hit the post amid unbearable tension in Sao Paulo.

Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-Argentina, Belgium through after extra-time drama

BRASILIA, July 1 (Reuters) – Argentina scored in the 118th minute to beat Switzerland and Belgium clung on to defeat the United States in another heart-stopping period of extra time to reach the World Cup quarter-finals amid more extraordinary drama on Tuesday.

Angel Di Maria struck with two minutes of the extra period remaining to give Argentina a 1-0 win over stubborn Switzerland, who still had time to hit the post amid unbearable tension in Sao Paulo.

Jul 1, 2014

Hitzfeld leaves outstanding legacy for the Swiss

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Ottmar Hitzfeld, one of European football’s most distinguished coaches, finally bowed out on Tuesday and in doing so left a wonderful legacy for Swiss football.

The 65-year-old had announced that he would retire at the end of the tournament and was ushered out when Switzerland suffered a heart-breaking 1-0 loss to Argentina after extra time in their second round match in Sao Paulo.

Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-Hitzfeld leaves outstanding legacy for the Swiss

BRASILIA, July 1 (Reuters) – Ottmar Hitzfeld, one of European football’s most distinguished coaches, finally bowed out on Tuesday and in doing so left a wonderful legacy for Swiss football.

The 65-year-old had announced that he would retire at the end of the tournament and was ushered out when Switzerland suffered a heart-breaking 1-0 loss to Argentina after extra time in their second round match in Sao Paulo.

Jul 1, 2014

Di Maria sends Argentina through in tense finale

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Argentina took 118 minutes to break down stubborn Switzerland then survived an extraordinary, heart-stopping finale before reaching the World Cup quarter-finals after a dramatic 1-0 win on Tuesday.

With penalties looming, Angel Di Maria stroked the ball home from the edge of penalty area to put the finishing touch to a trademark Lionel Messi run, sparking wild celebrations among the South Americans and their fans in Sao Paulo.