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Jun 26, 2014

Soccer-Messi shines again and Shaqiri joins the fun

BRASILIA, June 25 (Reuters) – Argentina’s Lionel Messi continued his World Cup dual with Neymar by scoring twice in a 3-2 win over Nigeria while Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri got in on the act with a magnificent hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Honduras on Wednesday.

Nigeria scraped through behind already-qualified Argentina, becoming the first African team to reach the last 16 at this tournament, while Switzerland also qualified along with France, who drew 0-0 with Ecuador.

Jun 25, 2014

Shaqiri takes his place on the world stage

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Switzerland have been expecting great things of Xherdan Shaqiri for some time and the impish player finally took his place on the world stage with a superb hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Honduras on Wednesday.

For many Swiss fans it has been a long time coming. The cheeky and instinctive Kosovo-born player, who looks as if he might have learned the game on the streets of South America, made his international debut as an 18-year-old and was still a teenager when he was voted Switzerland’s Player of the Year in 2011.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Shaqiri takes his place on the world stage

BRASILIA, June 25 (Reuters) – Switzerland have been expecting great things of Xherdan Shaqiri for some time and the impish player finally took his place on the world stage with a superb hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Honduras on Wednesday.

For many Swiss fans it has been a long time coming. The cheeky and instinctive Kosovo-born player, who looks as if he might have learned the game on the streets of South America, made his international debut as an 18-year-old and was still a teenager when he was voted Switzerland’s Player of the Year in 2011.

Jun 25, 2014

Messi shines again as Suarez controversy brews

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Argentina’s Lionel Messi pulled the world’s attention back to the beautiful game by scoring twice in a 3-2 win over Nigeria on Wednesday as the World Cup continued to provide thrills against the backdrop of the Luis Suarez biting controversy.

Nigeria scraped through behind already-qualified Argentina, becoming the first African team to reach the last 16 at this tournament, while Iran’s hopes ended in a 3-1 loss to World Cup debutantes Bosnia, who enjoyed their first win at the finals.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Messi shines again as Suarez controversy brews

BRASILIA, June 25 (Reuters) – Argentina’s Lionel Messi pulled the world’s attention back to the beautiful game by scoring twice in a 3-2 win over Nigeria on Wednesday as the World Cup continued to provide thrills against the backdrop of the Luis Suarez biting controversy.

Nigeria scraped through behind already-qualified Argentina, becoming the first African team to reach the last 16 at this tournament, while Iran’s hopes ended in a 3-1 loss to World Cup debutants Bosnia, who enjoyed their first win at the finals.

Jun 25, 2014

Bento has no intention of standing down

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Portugal coach Paulo Bento has no intention of resigning if his team fail to reach the last sixteen of the World Cup, he said on Wednesday.

Bento’s contract runs until 2016 after it was extended in April but a poor performance in Brazil, with only one point from two games in Group G, has led to media speculation over his future.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Bento has no intention of standing down

BRASILIA, June 25 (Reuters) – Portugal coach Paulo Bento has no intention of resigning if his team fail to reach the last sixteen of the World Cup, he said on Wednesday.

Bento’s contract runs until 2016 after it was extended in April but a poor performance in Brazil, with only one point from two games in Group G, has led to media speculation over his future.

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.