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Jun 21, 2014

Portugal must show they do not rely on Ronaldo: Bento

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s best player but should not be expected to win games on his own for Portugal, coach Paulo Bento said on Saturday amid relentless probing about the prolific forward.

More than half the questions addressed to both Portuguese and U.S. news conferences ahead of the teams’ second Group G game on Sunday were about Ronaldo, an indication of how much attention the World Player of the Year regularly generates.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Portugal must show they do not rely on Ronaldo – Bento

MANAUS, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s best player but should not be expected to win games on his own for Portugal, coach Paulo Bento said on Saturday amid relentless probing about the prolific forward.

More than half the questions addressed to both Portuguese and U.S. news conferences ahead of the teams’ second Group G game on Sunday were about Ronaldo, an indication of how much attention the World Player of the Year regularly generates.

Jun 21, 2014

We want to put Portugal in their place, says Klinsmann

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – The United States want to put Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in their place when they meet in their second group game on Sunday, U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann said on the eve of the match.

Germany’s 2-2 draw with Ghana on Saturday means the Americans will qualify for the second round if they beat the Portuguese, who are bottom of the group with no points.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-We want to put Portugal in their place, says Klinsmann

MANAUS, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) – The United States want to put Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in their place when they meet in their second group game on Sunday, U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann said on the eve of the match.

Germany’s 2-2 draw with Ghana on Saturday means the Americans will qualify for the second round if they beat the Portuguese, who are bottom of the group with no points.

Jun 21, 2014

If we don’t beat U.S. we’re out of World Cup: Portugal coach

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Portugal will be out of the World Cup if they do not beat the United States in their second Group G game in Manaus on Sunday because a draw will not be enough, coach Paulo Bento said bluntly on Saturday.

Portugal, one of the leading contenders coming into the tournament, lost their first game 4-0 to Germany and the United States beat Ghana 2-1.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-If we don’t beat U.S. we’re out of World Cup – Portugal coach

MANAUS, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) – Portugal will be out of the World Cup if they do not beat the United States in their second Group G game in Manaus on Sunday because a draw will not be enough, coach Paulo Bento said bluntly on Saturday.

Portugal, one of the leading contenders coming into the tournament, lost their first game 4-0 to Germany and the United States beat Ghana 2-1.

Jun 20, 2014

Great day for U.S. team, beating Portugal 3-2 in 2002

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – The United States play Portugal in the World Cup on Sunday, hoping to channel the inspiration and drive which brought them a shock victory the last time the teams met in the tournament.

Few gave the Americans much chance when they ran out into the heat and humidity in Suwon, South Korea, for their first game of the 2002 World Cup finals on June 5.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Great day for U.S. team, beating Portugal 3-2 in 2002

MANAUS, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – The United States play Portugal in the World Cup on Sunday, hoping to channel the inspiration and drive which brought them a shock victory the last time the teams met in the tournament.

Few gave the Americans much chance when they ran out into the heat and humidity in Suwon, South Korea, for their first game of the 2002 World Cup finals on June 5.

Jun 19, 2014

Croatia coach lavishes praise on returning Mandzukic

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Croatia coach Niko Kovac lavished praise on striker Mario Mandzukic who returned from suspension to score two goals in the 4-0 win over Cameroon in World Cup Group A on Wednesday.

The powerfully-built Mandzukic, who missed the opening 3-1 defeat by Brazil after being sent off in Croatia’s final qualifying match, dominated the Cameroonian defence and scored twice in the second half.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-Croatia coach lavishes praise on returning Mandzukic

MANAUS, Brazil, June 18 (Reuters) – Croatia coach Niko Kovac lavished praise on striker Mario Mandzukic who returned from suspension to score two goals in the 4-0 win over Cameroon in World Cup Group A on Wednesday.

The powerfully-built Mandzukic, who missed the opening 3-1 defeat by Brazil after being sent off in Croatia’s final qualifying match, dominated the Cameroonian defence and scored twice in the second half.

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      "I have been the National Political Correspondent in Canada for Reuters since 1999, focussing on politics, defence (in particular Canada's role in the Afghan War) and the environment. I won the award for Reuters Treasury scoop in 2009 for my work at the G20 summit. From 1995 to 1999 I worked in London, mainly covering foreign affairs, and from 1989 to 1995 I was stationed in Moscow where I covered the collapse of the Soviet Union and the many conflicts this helped trigger."
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