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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.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Gutierrez breaks Colombia’s number nine curse

BRASILIA, June 18 (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.

Jun 18, 2014

Ochoa hero, Akinfeev villain in World Cup draws

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa produced a heroic performance in a 0-0 draw with Brazil and his Russian counterpart Igor Akinfeev was the villain in a 1-1 draw with South Korea as the World Cup produced more drama on Tuesday.

While Ochoa kept Brazil at bay, the hapless Akinfeev was left to bury his head in his hands after he allowed Lee Keun-ho’s straightforward shot from 25 meters to slip through his grasp.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Ochoa hero, Akinfeev villain in World Cup draws

BRASILIA, June 17 (Reuters) – Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa produced a heroic performance in a 0-0 draw with Brazil and his Russian counterpart Igor Akinfeev was the villain in a 1-1 draw with South Korea as the World Cup produced more drama on Tuesday.

While Ochoa kept Brazil at bay, the hapless Akinfeev was left to bury his head in his hands after he allowed Lee Keun-ho’s straightforward shot from 25 metres to slip through his grasp.

Jun 17, 2014

Perennial underachievers promise more thrills

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Few teams have flattered to deceive over the years as much as Colombia and Ivory Coast who meet for the first time on Thursday in a battle of perennial World Cup underachievers.

Colombia have been exasperating their followers ever since 1993 when a stunning 5-0 World Cup qualifying win away to Argentina was announced as heralding a golden era which never materialized.