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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.

Jun 24, 2014

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

BRASILIA, June 23 (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.

Jun 23, 2014

Scolari backs Brazil’s ‘spectacular’ defence

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s defence may have given their fans the jitters in their three World Cup games so far but coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said he did not have “one drop of fear” about his back four after the 4-1 win over Cameroon on Monday.

Scolari was also pleased that his team were improving with every game, although he said he would have preferred to have avoided second round opponents Chile.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Scolari backs Brazil’s “spectacular” defence

BRASILIA, June 23 (Reuters) – Brazil’s defence may have given their fans the jitters in their three World Cup games so far but coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said he did not have “one drop of fear” about his back four after the 4-1 win over Cameroon on Monday.

Scolari was also pleased that his team were improving with every game, although he said he would have preferred to have avoided second round opponents Chile.

Jun 23, 2014

Brazil not giving up on misfiring Fred

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil are not eyeing an alternative to center-forward Fred at the World Cup and are confident the misfiring forward will start hitting the target soon.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s first move when he took over the side 18 months ago was to field a target man, a role which had fallen out of favor under his predecessor Mano Menezes.