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Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Too hot for the beach but not for football, says Bento

BRASILIA, June 25 (Reuters) – Portugal’s World Cup match against Germany was played in conditions which are normally considered too hot for the beach, coach Paulo Bento said on Wednesday.

Bento said that his squad were told to avoid the beach during the middle of the day, yet had to play their game in the coastal city at 1300 local time.

Jun 25, 2014

Colombians savor perfect World Cup

BRASILIA (Reuters) – After three wins in three matches, nine goals scored and a record-breaking World Cup appearance for 43-year-old goalkeeper Fared Mon dragon, Colombians are wondering if it can possibly get any better.

One of the most eye-catching teams at the tournament, Colombia’s campaign in Brazil has ended years of frustration and under-achievement, leaving commentators and fans pinching themselves and wondering how everything the team tries comes off.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Colombians savour perfect World Cup

BRASILIA, June 25 (Reuters) – After three wins in three matches, nine goals scored and a record-breaking World Cup appearance for 43-year-old goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, Colombians are wondering if it can possibly get any better.

One of the most eye-catching teams at the tournament, Colombia’s campaign in Brazil has ended years of frustration and under-achievement, leaving commentators and fans pinching themselves and wondering how everything the team tries comes off.

Jun 25, 2014

Toothless Italy wilt in World Cup heat

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Italy’s World Cup campaign ended in sadly familiar style on Wednesday with bickering and recriminations against the referee, yet it was a general lack of quality, especially in attack, which ultimately caused their downfall.

Coach Cesare Prandelli offered some frank criticism on the state of Italian football as he announced his resignation immediately after the 1-0 defeat against Uruguay, which condemned the four-times champions to a second successive group stage elimination.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Toothless Italy wilt in World Cup heat

BRASILIA, June 24 (Reuters) – Italy’s World Cup campaign ended in sadly familiar style on Wednesday with bickering and recriminations against the referee, yet it was a general lack of quality, especially in attack, which ultimately caused their downfall.

Coach Cesare Prandelli offered some frank criticism on the state of Italian football as he announced his resignation immediately after the 1-0 defeat against Uruguay, which condemned the four-times champions to a second successive group stage elimination.

Jun 24, 2014

Sublime Rodriguez joins World Cup elite

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Colombia’s James Rodriguez needed only 45 minutes to dismantle Japan with one of the best individual performances of the World Cup, including a sublime dinked goal that Lionel Messi would have been proud of.

With the Colombians already qualified for the last 16, Rodriguez was one of eight players rested by coach Jose Pekerman for the match in Cuiaba and he sat out the first half.

Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-Sublime Rodriguez joins World Cup elite

BRASILIA, June 24 (Reuters) – Colombia’s James Rodriguez needed only 45 minutes to dismantle Japan with one of the best individual performances of the World Cup, including a sublime dinked goal that Lionel Messi would have been proud of.

With the Colombians already qualified for the last 16, Rodriguez was one of eight players rested by coach Jose Pekerman for the match in Cuiaba and he sat out the first half.

Jun 24, 2014

Midfield reshuffle could be on the cards for Brazil

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil look set for a reshuffle after Fernandinho transformed their midfield in the second half of Monday’s 4-1 win over Cameroon.

The passes began to flow in Brazil’s midfield and they looked less vulnerable and less dependent on Neymar after Fernandinho replaced the ineffective Paulinho at halftime in Monday’s Group A game.

Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-Midfield reshuffle could be on the cards for Brazil

BRASILIA, June 24 (Reuters) – Brazil look set for a reshuffle after Fernandinho transformed their midfield in the second half of Monday’s 4-1 win over Cameroon.

The passes began to flow in Brazil’s midfield and they looked less vulnerable and less dependent on Neymar after Fernandinho replaced the ineffective Paulinho at halftime in Monday’s Group A game.

Jun 24, 2014

World Cup pressure is water off a duck’s back to Neymar

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Neymar’s two-goal performance against Cameroon on Monday made it hard to believe that barely one year ago there were serious doubts as to whether he was mature enough to lead Brazil’s challenge for a sixth World Cup.

Until last year’s Confederations Cup, Neymar was still playing his domestic football in Brazil and had struggled in his rare outings against European teams.