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Jun 16, 2014

Ronaldo not enough for ageing, sulky Portugal

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Portugal’s abject performance in their 4-0 defeat by Germany at the World Cup on Monday was a painful reminder that having the world’s best player does not always guarantee success.

Their ageing, bad-tempered team endured a nightmare afternoon in the wilting heat of Salvador, suggesting that coach Paulo Bento may have miscalculated in staying faithful to the players who reached the Euro 2012 semi-finals.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Ronaldo not enough for ageing, sulky Portugal

June 16 (Reuters) – Portugal’s abject performance in their 4-0 defeat by Germany at the World Cup on Monday was a painful reminder that having the world’s best player does not always guarantee success.

Their ageing, bad-tempered team endured a nightmare afternoon in the wilting heat of Salvador, suggesting that coach Paulo Bento may have miscalculated in staying faithful to the players who reached the Euro 2012 semi-finals.

Jun 16, 2014

No raincoat but Hitzfeld still shows magic touch

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The trusty beige raincoat is gone but Ottmar Hitzfeld is clearly wily as ever as the veteran Switzerland coach showed in the 2-1 Group E win over Ecuador.

Hitzfeld’s two substitutes scored the goals as his team overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit to record their first-ever win over South American opposition at a World Cup at the sixth attempt.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-No raincoat but Hitzfeld still shows magic touch

BRASILIA, June 16 (Reuters) – The trusty beige raincoat is gone but Ottmar Hitzfeld is clearly wily as ever as the veteran Switzerland coach showed in the 2-1 Group E win over Ecuador.

Hitzfeld’s two substitutes scored the goals as his team overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit to record their first-ever win over South American opposition at a World Cup at the sixth attempt.

Jun 15, 2014

Three extraordinary minutes sum up Swiss win over Ecuador

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Three extraordinary minutes of stoppage-time encapsulated Switzerland’s 2-1 win over Ecuador, providing a fitting finish to a hit-and-miss game that was absorbing and entertaining throughout despite a lack of finesse.

With the score at 1-1, Switzerland wasted a golden chance to counter-attack when Xherdan Shaqiri passed the ball 30 meters backwards, earning a chorus of boos around the stadium.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Three extraordinary minutes sum up Swiss win over Ecuador

BRASILIA, June 15 (Reuters) – Three extraordinary minutes of stoppage-time encapsulated Switzerland’s 2-1 win over Ecuador, providing a fitting finish to a hit-and-miss game that was absorbing and entertaining throughout despite a lack of finesse.

With the score at 1-1, Switzerland wasted a golden chance to counter-attack when Xherdan Shaqiri passed the ball 30 metres backwards, earning a chorus of boos around the stadium.

Jun 15, 2014

Ecuador got over-excited in dying minutes, says coach

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Ecuador let their emotions get the better of them and charged upfield, allowing Switzerland to snatch the winner in their World Cup Group E match with the last kick of the game, coach Reinaldo Rueda said on Sunday.

“We lost our organisation, which has been one of our characteristics, at the end of the match, we were somewhat betrayed by our emotion,” the Colombian told reporters after his side’s 2-1 defeat.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Ecuador got over-excited in dying minutes, says coach

BRASILIA, June 15 (Reuters) – Ecuador let their emotions get the better of them and charged upfield, allowing Switzerland to snatch the winner in their World Cup Group E match with the last kick of the game, coach Reinaldo Rueda said on Sunday.

“We lost our organisation, which has been one of our characteristics, at the end of the match, we were somewhat betrayed by our emotion,” the Colombian told reporters after his side’s 2-1 defeat.

Jun 14, 2014

Ecuador fret over lack of experience

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Only five members of Ecuador’s squad have tasted the atmosphere of a World Cup before and coach Reinaldo Rueda admitted on Saturday that their lack of experience was bugging him.

Jorge Guagua, Edison Mendez, Antonio Valencia and Luis Saritama took part in their campaign in Germany in 2006, when the South Americans reached the last 16, while Walter Ayovi was in the 2002 squad but did not play.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Ecuador fret over lack of experience

BRASILIA, June 14 (Reuters) – Only five members of Ecuador’s squad have tasted the atmosphere of a World Cup before and coach Reinaldo Rueda admitted on Saturday that their lack of experience was bugging him.

Jorge Guagua, Edison Mendez, Antonio Valencia and Luis Saritama took part in their campaign in Germany in 2006, when the South Americans reached the last 16, while Walter Ayovi was in the 2002 squad but did not play.