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Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Neymar shines as Brazil ease through to last 16

BRASILIA, June 23 (Reuters) – Brazil forward Neymar shot to the top of the World Cup scoring charts with a superb double in a 4-1 win over Cameroon on Monday that sent the hosts through as Group A winners to face Chile in the last 16.

After grabbing a brace in Brazil’s 3-1 win against Croatia in their opening game at the finals, Neymar was again the star of the show at an electric national stadium.

Jun 23, 2014

Spain bow out with win, turn thoughts to Euro 2016

BRASILIA (Reuters) – It was fitting that Spain wore unfamiliar black for their meaningless 3-0 win against Australia on Monday as the nation continues to mourn the loss of the debut World Cup crown they won in South Africa four years ago.

It was also apt that forwards David Villa and Fernando Torres, whose goals helped propel La Roja to unprecedented success over the past six years, scored on what may be their final international appearances.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Spain bow out with win, turn thoughts to Euro 2016

BRASILIA, June 23 (Reuters) – It was fitting that Spain wore unfamiliar black for their meaningless 3-0 win against Australia on Monday as the nation continues to mourn the loss of the debut World Cup crown they won in South Africa four years ago.

It was also apt that forwards David Villa and Fernando Torres, whose goals helped propel La Roja to unprecedented success over the past six years, scored on what may be their final international appearances.

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.