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Jul 5, 2014

Soccer-Messi like water in the desert for Argentina, says Sabella

BRASILIA, July 5 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi is like water in the desert, Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella said after his team beat Belgium 1-0 to reach the World Cup semi-finals on Saturday.

Messi failed to score and even squandered a clear scoring chance in stoppage time as the South Americans did the bare minimum to reach the last four for the first time since 1990.

Jul 5, 2014

Football has shed a tear over Neymar, says Argentina coach

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella ignored his country’s bitter rivalry with Brazil and said “football had shed a tear” after Neymar was ruled out of the World Cup through injury.

Neymar, who has carried Brazil to the semi-finals, suffered a back injury in the 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia on Friday and will miss the rest of the tournament.

Jul 5, 2014

Soccer-Football has shed a tear over Neymar, says Argentina coach

BRASILIA, July 5 (Reuters) – Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella ignored his country’s bitter rivalry with Brazil and said “football had shed a tear” after Neymar was ruled out of the World Cup through injury.

Neymar, who has carried Brazil to the semi-finals, suffered a back injury in the 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia on Friday and will miss the rest of the tournament.

Jul 4, 2014

Bruising Brazil stretch laws to the limit

By Brian Homewood

(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 soccer were drawn into a kicking match by the hosts who were clearly intent on stopping their opponents playing by any means.

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.