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Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-Forget Benzema, Seville ’82, only Germany matter for France

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 1 (Reuters) – France rightfully claimed their place in the World Cup quarter-finals and any talk of striker Karim Benzema sulking over his position or mentions of past defeats by Germany are without any substance, coach Didier Deschamps said on Tuesday.

The French booked their last-eight spot with a 2-0 win over Nigeria and will face Germany in a high-profile quarter-final on Friday between two former World Cup winners.

Jul 1, 2014

France to sharpen attack, add pace against Germany

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – France have come full circle from their debacle of four years ago to set up a World Cup quarter-final against Germany but they must hone their attacking skills to threaten the three-time champions.

The French have fully restored their image after the players’ mutiny in South Africa that was accompanied by an embarrassing first-round exit but their labored 2-0 win over Nigeria on Monday showed they still have work to do up front.

Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-France to sharpen attack, add pace against Germany

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 1 (Reuters) – France have come full circle from their debacle of four years ago to set up a World Cup quarter-final against Germany but they must hone their attacking skills to threaten the three-time champions.

The French have fully restored their image after the players’ mutiny in South Africa that was accompanied by an embarrassing first-round exit but their laboured 2-0 win over Nigeria on Monday showed they still have work to do up front.

Jun 30, 2014

Disjointed Germany rely on fitness, brilliant Neuer

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany have only their superior fitness and world-class goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to thank for scraping past Algeria 2-1 in extra time to move into the World Cup quarter-finals after doing almost everything wrong over 90 minutes.

Coach Joachim Loew will no doubt be skipping any post-game celebrations as he rushes back to the drawing board to reshuffle his team ahead of their match against France if they are to confirm their status as genuine title contenders.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Disjointed Germany rely on fitness, brilliant Neuer

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 30 (Reuters) – Germany have only their superior fitness and world-class goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to thank for scraping past Algeria 2-1 in extra time to move into the World Cup quarter-finals after doing almost everything wrong over 90 minutes.

Coach Joachim Loew will no doubt be skipping any post-game celebrations as he rushes back to the drawing board to reshuffle his team ahead of their match against France if they are to confirm their status as genuine title contenders.

Jun 30, 2014

Ghana’s World Cup prep was a nightmare – Boateng

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Ghana’s World Cup preparations were a nightmare of arguments over cash, flooded hotel rooms and long-haul flights in economy class, according to their suspended midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Ghana, quarter-finalists four years ago, crashed out of the tournament in the group stage with Boateng and team mate Sulley Muntari suspended before their final game.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Ghana’s World Cup prep was a nightmare – Boateng

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 30 (Reuters) – Ghana’s World Cup preparations were a nightmare of arguments over cash, flooded hotel rooms and long-haul flights in economy class, according to their suspended midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Ghana, quarter-finalists four years ago, crashed out of the tournament in the group stage with Boateng and team mate Sulley Muntari suspended before their final game.

Jun 30, 2014

Greece captain Karagounis bows out after 139 caps

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis announced his retirement from an international football career spanning 139 caps over 15 years following his team’s World Cup round of 16 exit to Costa Rica on penalties on Sunday.

“This was my last game for Greece,” the 37-year-old told reporters.

“We wanted to stay on another week or even longer but you can’t change it now.”

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Greece captain Karagounis bows out after 139 caps

June 29 (Reuters) – Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis announced his retirement from an international football career spanning 139 caps over 15 years following his team’s World Cup round of 16 exit to Costa Rica on penalties on Sunday.

“This was my last game for Greece,” the 37-year-old told reporters.

“We wanted to stay on another week or even longer but you can’t change it now.”

Jun 30, 2014

Greece pay the price for toothless attack

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Greece’s World Cup exit in the round of 16 on Sunday came as no real surprise after they again struggled for goals in a major international tournament, netting only three time in four games.

Greece’s 1-1 draw with exciting Costa Rica, who advanced after a 5-3 penalty shootout win, came after a last-gasp 2-1 win over Ivory Coast following a 3-0 opening defeat by Colombia and a goalless draw against Japan.

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