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Jul 8, 2014

Soccer-World Cup party underway as semi-finals loom

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 8 (Reuters) – From the Brandenburg Gate to the beach at Copacabana, the World Cup party was in full swing ahead of Tuesday’s semi-final between soccer giants Brazil and Germany.

Millions of people around the globe were getting ready to tune in and watch two of the game’s greatest powers clash at Belo Horizonte for a place in Sunday’s final.

Jul 7, 2014

No positive doping tests at World Cup, says FIFA

RIO DE JANEIRO (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

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.

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