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Jun 21, 2014

Analysis – Ecuador and Honduras keep it plain and simple

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Never mind tiki-taka, false number nines and midfield diamonds.

Ecuador and Honduras kept it plain and simple as they served up a rustic feast of hoofed clearances, lunging challenges and lofted balls in the penalty area in their World Cup Group E match on Friday.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Ecuador and Honduras keep it plain and simple

June 20 (Reuters) – Never mind tiki-taka, false number nines and midfield diamonds.

Ecuador and Honduras kept it plain and simple as they served up a rustic feast of hoofed clearances, lunging challenges and lofted balls in the penalty area in their World Cup Group E match on Friday.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer: Colombia’s football finally takes center stage

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Already into the last 16 at the World Cup and with two wins under their belt, Colombia finally seem to have cast off their unwanted eccentric label and are being recognized for their entertaining football instead.

Past Colombian World Cup campaigns have been a mixture of the tragic and near-comic, overshadowing the football itself which was often delightful to watch, if somewhat ineffective.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-FIFPro criticises handling of Pereira concussion incident

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Players who suffer suspected concussion during a game should be temporarily substituted while their condition is evaluated, the world players’ union FIFPro said on Friday.

Following Thursday’s incident at the World Cup involving Uruguay fullback Alvaro Pereira, who played on despite being knocked out in their game with England, FIFPro said independent doctors were needed to decide whether a player could continue.

Jun 20, 2014

FIFPro criticises handling of Pereira concussion incident

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Players who suffer suspected concussion during a game should be temporarily substituted while their condition is evaluated, the world players’ union FIFPro said on Friday.

Following Thursday’s incident at the World Cup involving Uruguay fullback Alvaro Pereira, who played on despite being knocked out in their game with England, FIFPro said independent doctors were needed to decide whether a player could continue.

Jun 19, 2014

Falcao’s absence not Colombia’s biggest concern

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Colombia overcame Radamel Falcao’s absence again in their 2-1 win over Ivory Coast on Thursday and their performance suggested that their biggest worries might be elsewhere.

The South Americans, who have won two games at a World Cup for the first time and scored five goals in the process, showed once again that, even without top striker Falcao, they have a wealth of attacking options.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-Falcao’s absence not Colombia’s biggest concern

BRASILIA, June 19 (Reuters) – Colombia overcame Radamel Falcao’s absence again in their 2-1 win over Ivory Coast on Thursday and their performance suggested that their biggest worries might be elsewhere.

The South Americans, who have won two games at a World Cup for the first time and scored five goals in the process, showed once again that, even without top striker Falcao, they have a wealth of attacking options.

Jun 19, 2014

Pekerman heaps praise on Colombia’s defensive rock Yepes

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Colombia’s 38-year-old defender Mario Yepes earned special praise from coach Jose Pekerman after helping his side hold on for a 2-1 win over Ivory Coast on Thursday.

“He was playing against the elite of Europe, Gervinho, Wilfried Bony, Salomon Kalou, all physically strong with great technique,” said Pekerman, referring to Ivory Coast’s European-based continent.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-Pekerman heaps praise on Colombia’s defensive rock Yepes

BRASILIA, June 19 (Reuters) – Colombia’s 38-year-old defender Mario Yepes earned special praise from coach Jose Pekerman after helping his side hold on for a 2-1 win over Ivory Coast on Thursday.

“He was playing against the elite of Europe, Gervinho, Wilfried Bony, Salomon Kalou, all physically strong with great technique,” said Pekerman, referring to Ivory Coast’s European-based continent.

Jun 18, 2014

Gutierrez breaks Colombia’s number nine curse

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Teofilo Gutierrez faced two challenges before the World Cup started: try and make Colombia forget the absence of Radamel Falcao and break the curse of the number nine.

The combustible striker, who is likely to lead the attack against the Ivory Coast on Thursday, has already overcome one of those by becoming the first player wearing the Colombia number nine shirt to score a goal at a World Cup finals.