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Jun 22, 2014

Eto’o could feature at 2018 World Cup: Cameroon coach

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Captain Samuel Eto’o could continue playing for Cameroon until the 2018 World Cup and it is too early to be talking about the 33-year-old forward’s international retirement, coach Volker Finke said on Sunday.

Already eliminated Cameroon take on Brazil in their final Group A match on Monday and Finke told a news conference Eto’o, who has a knee injury, had missed training on Sunday and would only feature for a few minutes against the hosts, if at all.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Eto’o could feature at 2018 World Cup – Cameroon coach

BRASILIA, June 22 (Reuters) – Captain Samuel Eto’o could continue playing for Cameroon until the 2018 World Cup and it is too early to be talking about the 33-year-old forward’s international retirement, coach Volker Finke said on Sunday.

Already eliminated Cameroon take on Brazil in their final Group A match on Monday and Finke told a news conference Eto’o, who has a knee injury, had missed training on Sunday and would only feature for a few minutes against the hosts, if at all.

Jun 21, 2014

Messi magic saves Argentina, Klose rescues Germany

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Argentina captain Lionel Messi and record-equalling Miroslav Klose of Germany rode to the rescue of their teams with trademark goals on another day of rich entertainment at the World Cup finals on Saturday.

Messi snatched a 1-0 win for Argentina against plucky Iran with a typical piece of brilliance that sent the South Americans through to the last 16, while Klose equaled the record for World Cup goals of 15 to salvage a 2-2 draw against Ghana.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Messi magic saves Argentina, Klose rescues Germany

BRASILIA, June 21 (Reuters) – Argentina captain Lionel Messi and record-equalling Miroslav Klose of Germany rode to the rescue of their teams with trademark goals on another day of rich entertainment at the World Cup finals on Saturday.

Messi snatched a 1-0 win for Argentina against plucky Iran with a typical piece of brilliance that sent the South Americans through to the last 16, while Klose equalled the record for World Cup goals of 15 to salvage a 2-2 draw against Ghana.

Jun 19, 2014

Colombia beat Ivory Coast to close on knockout round

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Colombia moved to the brink of their first appearance in the World Cup knockout round in nearly a quarter of a century when they beat Ivory Coast 2-1 in another action-packed World Cup clash on Thursday to take firm control of Group C.

The South Americans, who fell to Cameroon at the last-16 stage in Italy in 1990 with a team featuring the likes of Rene Higuita and Carlos Valderrama, had not qualified for soccer’s global showpiece since 1998.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-Colombia beat Ivory Coast to close on knockout round

BRASILIA, June 19 (Reuters) – Colombia moved to the brink of their first appearance in the World Cup knockout round in nearly a quarter of a century when they beat Ivory Coast 2-1 in another action-packed World Cup clash on Thursday to take firm control of Group C.

The South Americans, who fell to Cameroon at the last-16 stage in Italy in 1990 with a team featuring the likes of Rene Higuita and Carlos Valderrama, had not qualified for soccer’s global showpiece since 1998.

Jun 19, 2014

Colombia beat Ivory Coast to take control of group

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Colombia seized control of World Cup Group C when goals from James Rodriguez and substitute Juan Quintero gave the South Americans a 2-1 win against Ivory Coast on Thursday.

The two nations, meeting for the first time, won their opening games against Greece and Japan respectively and Colombia’s success in an entertaining contest puts them on six points at the top of the group, with Ivory Coast on three.

Jun 19, 2014

Dream ends for Spain’s golden boys, youngsters wait

By Iain Rogers

(Reuters) – The poignant lyrics of John Lennon’s 1970 song “God” capture how some of Spain’s golden generation of players and decorated coach Vicente del Bosque must be feeling after their shock first-round exit from the World Cup on Wednesday.

“The dream is over. What can I say? The dream is over. Yesterday.”

Lennon’s words partly referred to the breakup of The Beatles, a cataclysmic event in the history of popular music, and Spain’s failure in Brazil thanks to defeats to the Netherlands and Chile in their opening two group games has sent similar shockwaves around the global soccer community.

Jun 18, 2014

World Cup exit end of an era for stunned Spanish

By Iain Rogers

(Reuters) – Spain’s shock World Cup exit on Wednesday marks an ignominious end to a glittering six-year run during which the Iberian nation swept all before them to claim a debut global title and back-to-back European crowns.

Spain’s first major success came at the 1964 European Championship before fans of La Roja endured more than four decades of under-achievement that finally ended with a 1-0 victory over Germany in the final of Euro 2008.

Jun 18, 2014

Ivory Coast’s Ya Konan ruled out of Colombia clash

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Ivory Coast will be without forward Didier Ya Konan for Thursday’s World Cup Group C clash against Colombia because of a knee injury, coach Sabri Lamouchi said on Wednesday.

Ya Konan came on as a substitute for the final 12 minutes of Saturday’s 2-1 comeback win against Japan in Recife and Lamouchi said he was hopeful the 30-year-old would be fit for Ivory Coast’s final group game against Greece on Tuesday.