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Jun 25, 2014

Confident Swiss won’t play for draw against Honduras: coach

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Switzerland are confident ahead of their final World Cup Group E game against Honduras on Wednesday and will not settle for the draw that may be good enough for them to advance, coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said on Tuesday.

Switzerland have three points and a draw would see them into the second round as long as leaders France beat Ecuador in the other group game.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Confident Swiss won’t play for draw against Honduras – coach

MANAUS, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) – Switzerland are confident ahead of their final World Cup Group E game against Honduras on Wednesday and will not settle for the draw that may be good enough for them to advance, coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said on Tuesday.

Switzerland have three points and a draw would see them into the second round as long as leaders France beat Ecuador in the other group game.

Jun 24, 2014

Honduras will be more aggressive against Swiss, says coach

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Honduras will be more aggressive in their final Group E match against Switzerland on Wednesday and will try to tire out their European opponents in humid conditions, coach Luis Fernando Suarez said on Tuesday.

Honduras, bottom of the group with no points, can still qualify if they overturn a minus four goal difference with Ecuador and France beat the Ecuadorians in the other match.

Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-Honduras will be more aggressive against Swiss, says coach

MANAUS, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) – Honduras will be more aggressive in their final Group E match against Switzerland on Wednesday and will try to tire out their European opponents in humid conditions, coach Luis Fernando Suarez said on Tuesday.

Honduras, bottom of the group with no points, can still qualify if they overturn a minus four goal difference with Ecuador and France beat the Ecuadorians in the other match.

Jun 23, 2014

Swiss hope to banish 2010 nightmare in Honduras rematch

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Switzerland meet Honduras in their final World Cup Group E game on Sunday seeking to banish bad memories of 2010, when they scraped a goalless draw against the same opponents and crashed out early.

Switzerland manager Ottmar Hitzfeld, trying to repair his team’s spirit after their 5-2 thumping against France in the previous game, dismissed questions about the parallels with four years ago.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Swiss hope to banish 2010 nightmare in Honduras rematch

MANAUS, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – Switzerland meet Honduras in their final World Cup Group E game on Sunday seeking to banish bad memories of 2010, when they scraped a goalless draw against the same opponents and crashed out early.

Switzerland manager Ottmar Hitzfeld, trying to repair his team’s spirit after their 5-2 thumping against France in the previous game, dismissed questions about the parallels with four years ago.

Jun 23, 2014

Portugal grab last-gasp equaliser to stay alive

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Portuguese substitute Silvestre Varela scored deep into stoppage-time to secure a dramatic 2-2 draw with the United States in World Cup Group G on Sunday and keep his team’s hopes alive.

Just as it looked as though the Americans had pulled off a come-from-behind victory to qualify for the second round and eliminate their opponents, Varela converted a Cristiano Ronaldo cross with a powerful flying header.

Jun 23, 2014

Portugal strike late to draw with U.S. and stay alive

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Portuguese substitute Silvestre Varela grabbed a dramatic stoppage-time equalizer to secure a 2-2 draw with the United States in World Cup Group G on Sunday.

Just as it looked as though the Americans had secured a come-from-behind victory to qualify for the second round, Varela scored with a flying header from a Cristiano Ronaldo cross.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Portugal strike late to draw with U.S. and stay alive

MANAUS, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – Portuguese substitute Silvestre Varela grabbed a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw with the United States in World Cup Group G on Sunday.

Just as it looked as though the Americans had secured a come-from-behind victory to qualify for the second round, Varela scored with a flying header from a Cristiano Ronaldo cross.

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.

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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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