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Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Dutch, Costa Rica through after nerve-wracking drama

BRASILIA, June 29 (Reuters) – The World Cup served up more nerve-shredding drama with Netherlands scoring two late goals to beat shattered Mexico 2-1 and 10-man Costa Rica bouncing back from conceding a stoppage time equaliser to oust Greece on penalties on Sunday.

Dutch forward Arjen Robben was at the centre of another diving controversy after he won the injury-time penalty which Klaas-Jan Huntelaar converted to hand Mexico their sixth successive second round exit in the cruelest possible manner.

Jun 30, 2014

Dutch, Costa Rica through after never-wracking drama

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The World Cup served up more nerve-shredding drama with Netherlands scoring two late goals to beat shattered Mexico 2-1 and 10-man Costa Rica bouncing back from conceding a stoppage time equalizer to oust Greece on penalties on Sunday.

Dutch forward Arjen Robben was at the center of another diving controversy after he won the injury-time penalty which Klaas-Jan Huntelaar converted to hand Mexico their sixth successive second round exit in the cruelest possible manner.

Jun 29, 2014

Time for Colombia’s defense to come under the spotlight

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Colombia’s defense has largely escaped scrutiny in the team’s exciting charge to the World Cup quarter-finals but that will almost certainly chance as they prepare to face hosts Brazil on Friday in Fortaleza.

Four wins and 11 goals scored represent an impressive start from Colombia, certainly compared to Brazil who were held to a goalless draw by Mexico in the group stage and needed penalties to see off Chile in their Round of 16 match on Saturday.

Jun 29, 2014

Soccer-Time for Colombia’s defence to come under the spotlight

June 29 (Reuters) – Colombia’s defence has largely escaped scrutiny in the team’s exciting charge to the World Cup quarter-finals but that will almost certainly chance as they prepare to face hosts Brazil on Friday in Fortaleza.

Four wins and 11 goals scored represent an impressive start from Colombia, certainly compared to Brazil who were held to a goalless draw by Mexico in the group stage and needed penalties to see off Chile in their Round of 16 match on Saturday.

Jun 28, 2014

Brazil almost undone by Chile’s pressing game

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Brazil’s quest for a sixth world title on home soil was almost ended by Chile’s tireless and relentless pressing game in an utterly absorbing and tense World Cup second-round match on Saturday.

Although Brazil won 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw, Chile, who dispatched title-holders Spain in the group stage, outplayed the World Cup hosts for periods of the match despite their much more limited resources.

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-Brazil almost undone by Chile’s pressing game

June 28 (Reuters) – Brazil’s quest for a sixth world title on home soil was almost ended by Chile’s tireless and relentless pressing game in an utterly absorbing and tense World Cup secound-round match on Saturday.

Although Brazil won 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw, Chile, who dispatched title-holders Spain in the group stage, outplayed the World Cup hosts for periods of the match despite their much more limited resources.

Jun 27, 2014

Proud Portugal “leave with heads held high”

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Portugal’s players were in no mood for an in-depth analysis of their World Cup failings as they prepared to return home, preferring to trot out time-honored cliches about doing their best and leaving with their heads held high.

Their post-tournament comments were as lacklustre as their football as they tried to explain their group stage elimination which followed a 4-0 defeat to Germany, a 2-2 draw with United States and 2-1 win over Ghana.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-Proud Portugal “leave with heads held high”

BRASILIA, June 27 (Reuters) – Portugal’s players were in no mood for an in-depth analysis of their World Cup failings as they prepared to return home, preferring to trot out time-honoured cliches about doing their best and leaving with their heads held high.

Their post-tournament comments were as lacklustre as their football as they tried to explain their group stage elimination which followed a 4-0 defeat to Germany, a 2-2 draw with United States and 2-1 win over Ghana.

Jun 26, 2014

No quick clear-out for eliminated Portugal

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Portugal coach Paulo Bento has decided not to radically overhaul his ageing team after their World Cup first round exit although the decision may be partly due to a lack of suitable alternatives.

Bento said he wanted to stay loyal to the players who have formed the basis of the squad since he took over four years ago and promised that nobody would be forced out of the door.

Jun 26, 2014

Soccer-No quick clear-out for eliminated Portugal

BRASILIA, June 26 (Reuters) – Portugal coach Paulo Bento has decided not to radically overhaul his ageing team after their World Cup first round exit although the decision may be partly due to a lack of suitable alternatives.

Bento said he wanted to stay loyal to the players who have formed the basis of the squad since he took over four years ago and promised that nobody would be forced out of the door.