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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.

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.

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