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Jul 4, 2014

Wilmots wants more from Hazard in Argentina clash

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has taken Eden Hazard to one side to discuss how to get the best from the gifted but under-performing midfielder for Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against Argentina.

The 23-year-old Chelsea player undoubtedly has the talent but has yet to set the World Cup finals in Brazil alight as Belgium eased through Group H before dispatching the United States in a tight last-16 game.

Jul 4, 2014

Soccer-Wilmots wants more from Hazard in Argentina clash

BRASILIA, July 4 (Reuters) – Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has taken Eden Hazard to one side to discuss how to get the best from the gifted but under-performing midfielder for Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against Argentina.

The 23-year-old Chelsea player undoubtedly has the talent but has yet to set the World Cup finals in Brazil alight as Belgium eased through Group H before dispatching the United States in a tight last-16 game.

Jul 4, 2014

Higuain yet to fire in Argentina’s ‘Fab Four’

BRASILIA (Reuters) – When guitarist George Harrison briefly walked out on The Beatles in early 1969, John Lennon reportedly threatened to replace him with Eric Clapton.

Sadly for Argentina, coach Alejandro Sabella does not have the luxury of inviting a talented outsider into his “Fab Four” to replace misfiring striker Gonzalo Higuain for Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against Belgium.

Jul 4, 2014

Soccer-Higuain yet to fire in Argentina’s ‘Fab Four’

BRASILIA, July 4 (Reuters) – When guitarist George Harrison briefly walked out on The Beatles in early 1969, John Lennon reportedly threatened to replace him with Eric Clapton.

Sadly for Argentina, coach Alejandro Sabella does not have the luxury of inviting a talented outsider into his “Fab Four” to replace misfiring striker Gonzalo Higuain for Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against Belgium.

Jul 3, 2014

Messi looking to regain scoring touch against Courtois

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Argentina’s World Cup quarter-final against Belgium on Saturday is likely to be decided by who comes out on top in a continuing duel between their captain Lionel Messi and opposing goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Barcelona forward Messi, whose four goals and one assist have propelled the South Americans into the last eight, has faced Courtois 10 times in three seasons since the lanky 22-year-old joined Atletico Madrid on loan from Chelsea in 2011.

Jul 3, 2014

Soccer-Messi looking to regain scoring touch against Courtois

BRASILIA, July 3 (Reuters) – Argentina’s World Cup quarter-final against Belgium on Saturday is likely to be decided by who comes out on top in a continuing duel between their captain Lionel Messi and opposing goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Barcelona forward Messi, whose four goals and one assist have propelled the South Americans into the last eight, has faced Courtois 10 times in three seasons since the lanky 22-year-old joined Atletico Madrid on loan from Chelsea in 2011.

Jul 1, 2014

Colombia’s Sanchez: from relegation scrap to world stage

By Iain Rogers

(Reuters) – Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez was embroiled in a relegation scrap with La Liga club Elche as recently as mid-May, helping the modest Alicante-based side cling to their top-flight status by a single point.

A month and a half later and the 28-year-old from Quibdo in the tropical west of the South American nation is training hard to prepare for Friday’s World Cup quarter-final against hosts Brazil at Fortaleza’s Castelao arena.

Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-Colombia’s Sanchez: from relegation scrap to world stage

July 1 (Reuters) – Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez was embroiled in a relegation scrap with La Liga club Elche as recently as mid-May, helping the modest Alicante-based side cling to their top-flight status by a single point.

A month and a half later and the 28-year-old from Quibdo in the tropical west of the South American nation is training hard to prepare for Friday’s World Cup quarter-final against hosts Brazil at Fortaleza’s Castelao arena.

Jun 30, 2014

Deschamps unconcerned about unbeaten World Cup record

BRASILIA (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps is indifferent about his unbeaten World Cup record as a player and coach and is focusing only on getting his players ready for their quarter-final.

France’s 2-0 win over Nigeria on Monday put them through to face Germany or Algeria in the last eight and made it 10 unbeaten World Cup games Deschamps has been involved in.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Deschamps unconcerned about unbeaten World Cup record

BRASILIA, June 30 (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps is indifferent about his unbeaten World Cup record as a player and coach and is focusing only on getting his players ready for their quarter-final.

France’s 2-0 win over Nigeria on Monday put them through to face Germany or Algeria in the last eight and made it 10 unbeaten World Cup games Deschamps has been involved in.