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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.

Jun 19, 2014

Coach labels Cameroon bust-up ‘disgusting’

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Cameroon coach Volker Finke said an on-field bust-up between two of his players during the team’s abject 4-0 defeat against Croatia on Saturday was “disgusting” and bemoaned a lack of discipline and effort by his players.

In the first half midfielder Alex Song was sent off for elbowing Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic in the back and towards the end of the game defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto head-butted Benjamin Moukandjo after an argument.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-Coach labels Cameroon bust-up ‘disgusting’

MANAUS, Brazil, June 18 (Reuters) – Cameroon coach Volker Finke said an on-field bust-up between two of his players during the team’s abject 4-0 defeat against Croatia on Saturday was “disgusting” and bemoaned a lack of discipline and effort by his players.

In the first half midfielder Alex Song was sent off for elbowing Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic in the back and towards the end of the game defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto head-butted Benjamin Moukandjo after an argument.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Ageing lion Eto’o snarls at foes, still has desire to play

MANAUS, Brazil, June 17 (Reuters) – Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o may be coming to the end of his career but as he showed on Tuesday the captain of the Indomitable Lions still has plenty of desire.

Eto’o hit out at unspecified enemies he said were trying to undermine the team, saying he would deal with them after the World Cup.

Jun 17, 2014

Eto’o could play in Croatia game despite knee injury: coach

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Cameroon captain and record goal scorer Samuel Eto’o could be used as a substitute during the second Group A game against Croatia on Wednesday despite a knee injury, coach Volker Finke said.

Eto’o, 33, said on Monday he had virtually no hope of appearing in the game, with Cameroon needing at least a point to avoid a group stage exit.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Eto’o could play in Croatia game despite knee injury – coach

MANAUS, Brazil, June 17 (Reuters) – Cameroon captain and record goal scorer Samuel Eto’o could be used as a substitute during the second Group A game against Croatia on Wednesday despite a knee injury, coach Volker Finke said.

Eto’o, 33, said on Monday he had virtually no hope of appearing in the game, with Cameroon needing at least a point to avoid a group stage exit.

Jun 17, 2014

Germany mark World Cup century in style, U.S. upset Ghana

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Germany marked their 100th World Cup game in style on Monday by thumping shambolic Portugal 4-0 in the midday sun to confirm their billing as title contenders while the United States snatched a win over Ghana.

The tournament continued to live up to its reputation as one of the best in recent years and in a hugely enjoyable, fast-paced game the U.S. grabbed a late goal for a surprise 2-1 victory over their deflated opponents.

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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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