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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.

Jun 29, 2014

Soccer-Greece pay the price for toothless attack

June 29 (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.

Jun 29, 2014

Costa Rica revel in unfamiliar dark side

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Costa Rica proved on Sunday they were not just an exciting attacking team but could also defend when they knocked Greece out of the World Cup 5-3 on penalties after playing with 10 men for more than an hour.

The Central Americans took a page out of Greece’s book and beat the Europeans at their own ugly defensive game, matching them tackle for tackle and relying on several superb saves by man-of-the-match goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Jun 29, 2014

Soccer-Costa Rica revel in unfamiliar dark side

June 29 (Reuters) – Costa Rica proved on Sunday they were not just an exciting attacking team but could also defend when they knocked Greece out of the World Cup 5-3 on penalties after playing with 10 men for more than an hour.

The Central Americans took a page out of Greece’s book and beat the Europeans at their own ugly defensive game, matching them tackle for tackle and relying on several superb saves by man-of-the-match goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Jun 28, 2014

Baby-faced assassin Rodriguez makes Colombia forget Falcao

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Colombia’s sensational midfielder James Rodriguez struck twice in a 2-0 win over Uruguay in the last 16 on Saturday to move top of the World Cup scorers list and stake a claim for player of the tournament.

When Colombia arrived in Brazil without injured key forward Radamel Falcao, few would have counted on baby-faced Rodriguez, who has now scored in each of his team’s three group games and their knockout match, to successfully replace him.

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-Baby-faced assassin Rodriguez makes Colombia forget Falcao

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 28 (Reuters) – Colombia’s sensational midfielder James Rodriguez struck twice in a 2-0 win over Uruguay in the last 16 on Saturday to move top of the World Cup scorers list and stake a claim for player of the tournament.

When Colombia arrived in Brazil without injured key forward Radamel Falcao, few would have counted on baby-faced Rodriguez, who has now scored in each of his team’s three group games and their knockout match, to successfully replace him.

Jun 28, 2014

Cesar holds firm as Brazil sink Chile on penalties

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar saved two spot-kicks in a shootout against Chile to send the hosts into the World Cup quarter-finals 3-2 on penalties following a pulsating 1-1 draw after extra time on Saturday.

Four years to the day since Brazil eliminated Chile at the same stage of the 2010 tournament, they did it again when Gonzalo Jara sent his spot-kick against the post after Cesar had twice denied the battling Chileans.

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