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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.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-France strike late to see off Nigeria

BRASILIA, June 30 (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.

Jun 30, 2014

Late goals send France into quarter-finals

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 second-round match on Monday.

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.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Dutch, Costa Rica through after nerve-wracking drama

BRASILIA, June 29 (Reuters) – The World Cup served up more nerve-shredding drama with Netherlands scoring two late goals to beat shattered Mexico 2-1 and 10-man Costa Rica bouncing back from conceding a stoppage time equaliser to oust Greece on penalties on Sunday.

Dutch forward Arjen Robben was at the centre of another diving controversy after he won the injury-time penalty which Klaas-Jan Huntelaar converted to hand Mexico their sixth successive second round exit in the cruelest possible manner.

Jun 30, 2014

Dutch, Costa Rica through after never-wracking drama

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The World Cup served up more nerve-shredding drama with Netherlands scoring two late goals to beat shattered Mexico 2-1 and 10-man Costa Rica bouncing back from conceding a stoppage time equalizer to oust Greece on penalties on Sunday.

Dutch forward Arjen Robben was at the center of another diving controversy after he won the injury-time penalty which Klaas-Jan Huntelaar converted to hand Mexico their sixth successive second round exit in the cruelest possible manner.

Jun 29, 2014

Time for Colombia’s defense to come under the spotlight

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Colombia’s defense has largely escaped scrutiny in the team’s exciting charge to the World Cup quarter-finals but that will almost certainly chance as they prepare to face hosts Brazil on Friday in Fortaleza.

Four wins and 11 goals scored represent an impressive start from Colombia, certainly compared to Brazil who were held to a goalless draw by Mexico in the group stage and needed penalties to see off Chile in their Round of 16 match on Saturday.

Jun 29, 2014

Soccer-Time for Colombia’s defence to come under the spotlight

June 29 (Reuters) – Colombia’s defence has largely escaped scrutiny in the team’s exciting charge to the World Cup quarter-finals but that will almost certainly chance as they prepare to face hosts Brazil on Friday in Fortaleza.

Four wins and 11 goals scored represent an impressive start from Colombia, certainly compared to Brazil who were held to a goalless draw by Mexico in the group stage and needed penalties to see off Chile in their Round of 16 match on Saturday.