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Jul 3, 2014

Goalkeepers steal World Cup limelight despite goal flurry

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Fans around the world have been enjoying a flurry of goals at the World Cup in Brazil but with the tournament now in its knockout phase it is goalkeepers not strikers that have been grabbing most of the headlines.

In a tournament that well before the quarter-final stage exceeded the 145 goals scored in South Africa in 2010, goalkeepers have stolen the limelight with a string of scintillating performances.

Jul 3, 2014

Soccer-Goalkeepers steal World Cup limelight despite goal flurry

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 3 (Reuters) – Fans around the world have been enjoying a flurry of goals at the World Cup in Brazil but with the tournament now in its knockout phase it is goalkeepers not strikers that have been grabbing most of the headlines.

In a tournament that well before the quarter-final stage exceeded the 145 goals scored in South Africa in 2010, goalkeepers have stolen the limelight with a string of scintillating performances.

Jul 2, 2014

Argentina players mourn death of TV reporter

VESPASIANO Brazil (Reuters) – Argentina players canceled a news conference on Wednesday, a day after their World Cup round of 16 victory over Switzerland, to mourn the death of a reporter covering the tournament.

Maria Soledad Fernandez, a reporter and daughter of prominent Argentine journalist Miguel ‘Titi’ Fernandez, was killed in a car crash on her way back to Belo Horizonte from Sao Paulo. Two of her colleagues were injured in the crash.

Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-Argentina players mourn death of TV reporter

VESPASIANO, Brazil July 2 (Reuters) – Argentina players cancelled a news conference on Wednesday, a day after their World Cup round of 16 victory over Switzerland, to mourn the death of a reporter covering the tournament.

Maria Soledad Fernandez, a reporter and daughter of prominent Argentine journalist Miguel ‘Titi’ Fernandez, was killed in a car crash on her way back to Belo Horizonte from Sao Paulo. Two of her colleagues were injured in the crash.

Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-My game won’t change, yellow card or not – France’s Matuidi

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 2 (Reuters) – France midfielder Blaise Matuidi will not change the way he plays even after narrowly avoiding being sent off in their World Cup last-16 game against Nigeria as the former champions prepare to face Germany in the last eight.

Matuidi was lucky to be shown only a yellow card in the French team’s 2-0 win after his studs-up challenge on Nigeria’s Ogenyi Onazi who had to leave the field due to his injury.

Jul 2, 2014

My game won’t change, yellow card or not: France’s Matuidi

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – France midfielder Blaise Matuidi will not change the way he plays even after narrowly avoiding being sent off in their World Cup last-16 game against Nigeria as the former champions prepare to face Germany in the last eight.

Matuidi was lucky to be shown only a yellow card in the French team’s 2-0 win after his studs-up challenge on Nigeria’s Ogenyi Onazi who had to leave the field due to his injury.

Jul 2, 2014

French renaissance put to the test against Germany

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – France have surprised many by emerging as World Cup contenders but face their toughest test yet against nemesis Germany in a quarter-final clash of European heavyweights at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium on Friday.

For France coach Didier Deschamps the past, heart-rending World Cup semi-final defeats to the Germans in 1982 and 1986 do not matter at all.

Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-French renaissance put to the test against Germany

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 2 (Reuters) – France have surprised many by emerging as World Cup contenders but face their toughest test yet against nemesis Germany in a quarter-final clash of European heavyweights at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium on Friday.

For France coach Didier Deschamps the past, heart-rending World Cup semi-final defeats to the Germans in 1982 and 1986 do not matter at all.

Jul 1, 2014

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

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (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

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.

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