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Jul 6, 2014

Soccer-Dutch keeper Krul a shootout hero, Argentina await

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 5 (Reuters) – The Netherlands survived a nerve-wracking penalty shootout against Costa Rica on Saturday, with substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul the unlikely hero, to set up a World Cup semi-final against Argentina after the South Americans beat Belgium 1-0.

While the Netherlands and Argentina savoured their progress to the last four, hosts Brazil were still coming to terms with the news that star forward Neymar will miss the rest of the tournament due to a broken vertebra in his back.

Jul 5, 2014

Argentina beat Belgium, Brazil mulls Neymar absence

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Argentina beat Belgium 1-0 on Saturday to join Brazil and Germany in the World Cup semi-finals as the host nation was still reeling over the loss of star forward Neymar.

Argentina reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 24 years after a brilliant eighth-minute goal by striker Gonzalo Higuain at the Brasilia national stadium.

Jul 5, 2014

Soccer-Argentina beat Belgium, Brazil mulls Neymar absence

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 5 (Reuters) – Argentina beat Belgium 1-0 on Saturday to join Brazil and Germany in the World Cup semi-finals as the host nation was still reeling over the loss of star forward Neymar.

Argentina reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 24 years after a brilliant eighth-minute goal by striker Gonzalo Higuain at the Brasilia national stadium.

Jul 4, 2014

Hummels recovers from fever to score winning goal

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Mats Hummels, re-vitalized and bounding with energy just days after he was flattened by flu and fever, rose from his sick bed then above his opponents to send Germany into the semi-finals of the World Cup on Friday.

Hummels scored the only goal in Germany’s 1-0 hard-fought win over France at the Maracana, climbing above the defense to get his head on a free-kick from Toni Kroos and send the ball crashing into the net off the underside of the crossbar.

Jul 4, 2014

Soccer-Hummels recovers from fever to score winning goal

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 4 (Reuters) – Mats Hummels, re-vitalised and bounding with energy just days after he was flattened by flu and fever, rose from his sick bed then above his opponents to send Germany into the semi-finals of the World Cup on Friday.

Hummels scored the only goal in Germany’s 1-0 hard-fought win over France at the Maracana, climbing above the defence to get his head on a free-kick from Toni Kroos and send the ball crashing into the net off the underside of the crossbar.

Jul 4, 2014

Loew keeps lid on celebrations after recent near-misses

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – There were no wild celebrations or congratulatory backslaps for Germany after they beat France 1-0 in the quarter-finals on Friday to become the first country to reach the semi-finals at four successive World Cups.

While Germany coach Joachim Loew acknowledged his country’s amazing feat, he was also keen to keep a lid on expectations, knowing full well the bittersweet end results of his team’s previous World Cup adventures.

Jul 4, 2014

Soccer-Loew keeps lid on celebrations after recent near-misses

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 4 (Reuters) – There were no wild celebrations or congratulatory backslaps for Germany after they beat France 1-0 in the quarter-finals on Friday to become the first country to reach the semi-finals at four successive World Cups.

While Germany coach Joachim Loew acknowledged his country’s amazing feat, he was also keen to keep a lid on expectations, knowing full well the bittersweet end results of his team’s previous World Cup adventures.

Jul 4, 2014

Loew pleased after Germany improve against France

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Germany upped their game in overcoming France in their World Cup quarter-final on Friday, coach Joachim Loew said after his side had faced widespread criticism for struggling to beat Algeria in the last 16.

“We played well, we played with a compact defense,” Loew said after a 1-0 victory secured by a first-half Mats Hummels goal.

Jul 4, 2014

Soccer-Loew pleased after Germany improve against France

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 4 (Reuters) – Germany upped their game in overcoming France in their World Cup quarter-final on Friday, coach Joachim Loew said after his side had faced widespread criticism for struggling to beat Algeria in the last 16.

“We played well, we played with a compact defence,” Loew said after a 1-0 victory secured by a first-half Mats Hummels goal.

Jul 3, 2014

Germany’s best is yet to come, says Loew

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – After a week of heavy criticism, Germany coach Joachim Loew has some reassuring news for his team’s supporters and an ominous warning for their next opponents — the best is yet to come.

Speaking on the eve of Friday’s World Cup quarter-final, Loew said Germany had not faced any easy teams in Brazil and that France, their next opponents, would be no different.

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