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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.

Jun 30, 2014

Nigeria were unlucky to lose to France, says coach

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi was left cursing his team’s bad luck after they conceded two late goals in a 2-0 defeat by France in the last 16 on Monday.

Nigeria fell apart near the end after having an effort from Emmanuel Emenike disallowed for offside in the first half.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Nigeria were unlucky to lose to France, says coach

BRASILIA, June 30 (Reuters) – Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi was left cursing his team’s bad luck after they conceded two late goals in a 2-0 defeat by France in the last 16 on Monday.

Nigeria fell apart near the end after having an effort from Emmanuel Emenike disallowed for offside in the first half.

Jun 29, 2014

France’s Griezmann hoping to match Rodriguez exploits

BRASILIA (Reuters) – While James Rodriguez has been banging the goals in at the World Cup finals, another talented forward born a few months earlier than the 22-year-old Colombian is still hoping to make his mark for France.

Long considered one of the most promising players of his generation, Antoine Griezmann has a similar profile to Rodriguez, who tops the scoring chart in Brazil with five goals ahead of the likes Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Jun 29, 2014

Soccer-France’s Griezmann hoping to match Rodriguez exploits

BRASILIA, June 29 (Reuters) – While James Rodriguez has been banging the goals in at the World Cup finals, another talented forward born a few months earlier than the 22-year-old Colombian is still hoping to make his mark for France.

Long considered one of the most promising players of his generation, Antoine Griezmann has a similar profile to Rodriguez, who tops the scoring chart in Brazil with five goals ahead of the likes Lionel Messi and Neymar.