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Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Argentina keep big names out of the spotlight

VESPASIANO, Brazil June 18 (Reuters) – Argentina stuck to their tactic of keeping their big name players out of the World Cup spotlight as much as possible, rolling out their two reserve goalkeepers to face a throng of media representatives on Wednesday.

The tactic has so far worked well with Argentina kicking off their campaign with a 2-1 opening Group F victory over Bosnia and Iran awaiting on Saturday in Belo Horizonte.

Jun 18, 2014

Belgium with enough firepower to confirm contenders tag

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Belgium breathed a sigh of relief after edging past Algeria 2-1 on Tuesday to get their World Cup campaign off to a winning start but the depth of their squad looks set to carry them well past the group stage.

The Belgians, who breezed through the qualifiers unbeaten, have arrived in Brazil as one of the top title favorites with arguably their best team in a generation.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Belgium with enough firepower to confirm contenders tag

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 18 (Reuters) – Belgium breathed a sigh of relief after edging past Algeria 2-1 on Tuesday to get their World Cup campaign off to a winning start but the depth of their squad looks set to carry them well past the group stage.

The Belgians, who breezed through the qualifiers unbeaten, have arrived in Brazil as one of the top title favourites with arguably their best team in a generation.

Jun 17, 2014

Belgium overcome stage fright to edge past Algeria 2-1

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Much-fancied Belgium suffered a case of stage fright in their first World Cup match in 12 years and had to battle back from a goal down to beat gutsy Algeria 2-1 with two goals late in the game in their World Cup Group H opener on Tuesday.

Substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens saved Belgium’s blushes after Algeria playmaker Sofiane Feghouli had put the North Africans ahead with a 25th minute penalty at the Mineirao stadium, their first World Cup goal in 28 years.

Jun 17, 2014

Nervy Belgium sweat for 2-1 win over Algeria

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Much-fancied Belgium fought back from a goal down to score twice in the final 20 minutes and earn a hard-fought 2-1 victory over gutsy Algeria in their World Cup Group H opener on Tuesday.

Goals from substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens turned the game around after Algeria playmaker Sofiane Feghouli had given them a 25th minute lead with a penalty at the Mineirao stadium.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Nervy Belgium sweat for 2-1 win over Algeria

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 17 (Reuters) – Much-fancied Belgium fought back from a goal down to score twice in the final 20 minutes and earn a hard-fought 2-1 victory over gutsy Algeria in their World Cup Group H opener on Tuesday.

Goals from substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens turned the game around after Algeria playmaker Sofiane Feghouli had given them a 25th minute lead with a penalty at the Mineirao stadium.

Jun 17, 2014

Nervy Belgium made to sweat for 2-1 win over Algeria

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Much-fancied Belgium fought back from a goal down to score twice in the final 20 minutes and earn a hard-fought 2-1 victory over gutsy Algeria in their World Cup Group H opener on Tuesday.

Substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens turned the game around after Algeria playmaker Sofiane Feghouli had given them a 25th minute lead with a penalty at the Mineirao stadium.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Obama, Ferraris and criticism on Algeria coach’s mind

BELO HORIZONTE (Reuters) – Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic added a splash of color to drab World Cup news conferences on Monday, talking about critics back home, slow Belgian defenders his team will face in their Group H game on Tuesday, and even U.S. President Barack Obama.

The Franco-Bosnian, whose team secured a spot in the tournament in Brazil after a 3-3 aggregate result against Burkina Faso and advanced on the away goals rule, said if Algeria did not want him, officials should tell him so.

Jun 16, 2014

Belgium defense ready to stem World Cup goal rush

BELO HORIZONTE (Reuters) – Belgium captain Vincent Company has taken notice of the flood of goals at the Brazil World Cup, but said his team was ready to ensure it was not on the receiving end of a trend that has seen an average of more than three goals per game.

“As a defender you see so many goals scored and defenders are a bit more aware of this at this moment in time,” he told reporters at the Mineirao stadium on Monday ahead of their opening Group H game against Algeria on Tuesday.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Pressure? What pressure? asks Belgium coach Wilmots

BELO HORIZONTE (Reuters) – Expectations may be high but Belgium coach Marc Wilmots believes there is no pressure on his team ahead of their Group H opener against Algeria on Tuesday.

The Belgians kick off their campaign exactly 12 years to the day from when they were eliminated by Brazil at the 2002 World Cup, the last occasion they qualified.

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