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Jul 7, 2014

Soccer-No positive doping tests at World Cup, says FIFA

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 7 (Reuters) – Every player tested for drugs at the World Cup in Brazil has been cleared of doping after more than 1,000 tests came back negative, FIFA’s medical committee announced on Monday.

Jiri Dvorak, FIFA’s chief medical officer, told a news conference at the Maracana on Monday that every player on each of the 32 competing teams – 736 players in total – had provided blood and urine samples.

Jul 7, 2014

No action against Zuniga for Neymar tackle: FIFA

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga will not be punished for the tackle on Neymar that left the Brazil striker with a broken bone in his back and forced him out of the rest of the World Cup.

After investigating the incident from Friday’s quarter-final, won 2-1 by Brazil, FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee ruled on Monday that no retrospective action could be taken.

Jul 7, 2014

Soccer-No action against Zuniga for Neymar tackle-FIFA

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 7 (Reuters) – Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga will not be punished for the tackle on Neymar that left the Brazil striker with a broken bone in his back and forced him out of the rest of the World Cup.

After investigating the incident from Friday’s quarter-final, won 2-1 by Brazil, FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee ruled on Monday that no retrospective action could be taken.

Jul 6, 2014

Cool Krul unapologetic about gamesmanship

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul was back defending himself on Sunday, less than 24 hours after making two stunning penalty saves against Costa Rica to book his team’s place in the World Cup semi-finals.

The towering Krul replaced first-choice keeper Jasper Cillessen specifically for the shootout in Salvador after the teams finished extra time deadlocked at 0-0.

Jul 6, 2014

Soccer-Cool Krul unapologetic about gamesmanship

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 6 (Reuters) – Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul was back defending himself on Sunday, less than 24 hours after making two stunning penalty saves against Costa Rica to book his team’s place in the World Cup semi-finals.

The towering Krul replaced first-choice keeper Jasper Cillessen specifically for the shootout in Salvador after the teams finished extra time deadlocked at 0-0.

Jul 6, 2014

Dutch keeper Krul a shootout hero, Argentina await

RIO DE JANEIRO (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 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.

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