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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.

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.

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