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Jun 22, 2010

South Korea advance after Nigeria draw

DURBAN (Reuters) – South Korea drew 2-2 in a tense Group B match with Nigeria to advance to the second round of the World Cup on Tuesday.

Nigeria opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Kalu Uche nipped in front of Cha Du-ri to latch onto a cross from Chidi Odiah and shot into the corner of the goal. But the Super Eagles again threw away an early lead as they did against Greece.

Jun 18, 2010

Dutch fans bring World Cup to Durban township

DURBAN (Reuters) – The motto of Ogwini high school in Durban is “Deeds not Words” and on Friday some 50 Dutch fans put it into practice by getting in their cars and bringing a taste of the World Cup to the Umlazi township.

Welcomed by pupils performing a Zulu celebration dance and classmates singing “Feel it, it is here”, the Dutch fans took to the soccer field for a mini-tournament with four mixed teams made up of Ogwini students and the European visitors.

Jun 18, 2010

Japan coach Okada confident of upsetting Dutch

DURBAN (Reuters) – Japan coach Takeshi Okada believes his team learned valuable lessons in a friendly against the Netherlands last year and is confident they can beat one of the World Cup favourites on Saturday.

“Last September, we had an opportunity to play against the Netherlands team and it was a big turning point,” Okada told a news conference on Friday.

Jun 17, 2010

Swiss coach Hitzfeld faces attacking conundrum

DURBAN (Reuters) – Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld must decide whether to stick with the attack that stunned favourites Spain in their World Cup opener or bring back captain Alexander Frei to face Chile on Monday.

Hitzfeld said before the Spanish match that Switzerland’s striker and record goalscorer Frei would resume training on Thursday after an ankle injury ruled him out of their first Group H game in Durban on Wednesday.

Jun 16, 2010

Cross Spain coach rues missed chances

DURBAN (Reuters) – Spain squandered too many chances in their shock 1-0 loss to underdogs Switzerland in their opening World Cup Group H match, coach Vincente del Bosque said on Wednesday.

“Okay, I’m a bit cross. Of course I’m cross,” the Spaniard told a post-match news conference.

Jun 16, 2010

Swiss team followed orders to perfection – coach

DURBAN (Reuters) – Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld praised his players for carrying out his game plan to perfection in their shock victory over World Cup favourites Spain in Group H on Wednesday.

Hitzfeld, the former Champions League winning coach of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, instructed his players to shut Spain out of the centre of the field and force the talented European champions on to the flanks.

Jun 15, 2010

Word perfect performance from Swiss ‘prof’ Senderos

DURBAN (Reuters) – Switzerland defender Philippe Senderos must hope his team’s performance in their opening World Cup match against his father’s country Spain will be as fluent as his news conference display on Tuesday.

Introduced as the “language professor”, Senderos confidently reeled off answers in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German ahead of the Wednesday’s Group H opener in Durban, which his father is coming to watch.

Jun 15, 2010

Swiss players given taste of vuvuzela dins to come

DURBAN (Reuters) – If you cannot beat the vuvuzela, the Swiss squad decided, you might as well embrace the cacophony which is blighting Africa’s first World Cup for many fans and players.

Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, in contrast to his Dutch opposite number, decided to encourage fans to blow the ubiquitous trumpets at an extra public training session to give his side a taste of dins to come when they play their first match.

Jun 15, 2010

Greece have reached rock bottom, admits Torosidis

DURBAN (Reuters) – Greece would lose to the worst team in the world unless they rediscover their qualifying form for the must-win World Cup match against Nigeria on Thursday, said defender Vassilis Torosidis.

The 2004 European champions take on the West African side in search of not only their first victory in two World Cup campaigns, but also their first goal.

Jun 15, 2010

Disgruntled Durban World Cup guards paid off

DURBAN (Reuters) – About two thousand disgruntled security guards, watched closely by riot police, handed in their uniforms and received their pay outside Moses Mabhida stadium on Tuesday, two days after violent scenes at the World Cup venue.

Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of protesting guards, unhappy at the level of pay they were being given, after Germany’s victory over Australia on Sunday.