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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.

Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-Di Maria sends Argentina through in tense finale

BRASILIA, July 1 (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.

Jun 30, 2014

France strike late to see off Nigeria

BRASILIA (Reuters) – France ended Nigeria’s hopes of a first World Cup quarter-final appearance when they scored two late goals to beat the Super Eagles 2-0 in a rough and physical second-round match on Monday.

Midfielder Paul Pogba put France ahead in the 79th minute, heading in at the far post after Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama flapped at Mathieu Valbuena’s corner following a sustained spell of French pressure.