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Jun 22, 2014

Iniesta to win 100th cap as Spain bow out

CURITIBA Brazil (Reuters) – Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta will win his 100th cap against Australia on Monday but the deposed champions will make several changes to ensure as many players as possible get a game at the World Cup.

Barcelona’s Iniesta scored the winning goal when Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the 2010 final and has been a key part of a team that had swept all before it in European and world soccer over the past six years.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Iniesta to win 100th cap as Spain bow out

CURITIBA, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta will win his 100th cap against Australia on Monday but the deposed champions will make several changes to ensure as many players as possible get a game at the World Cup.

Barcelona’s Iniesta scored the winning goal when Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the 2010 final and has been a key part of a team that had swept all before it in European and world soccer over the past six years.

Jun 22, 2014

Australia’s next goal is to instill the fear factor

CURITIBA Brazil (Reuters) – Feared as tough opponents in many sports, Australia are aiming to build the same reputation in soccer after a creditable showing at the World Cup.

Australia are out of the tournament but want to show that their narrow 3-2 defeat by the highly-rated Dutch was not just a flash in the pan when they face deposed champions Spain on Monday before both teams head for home.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Australia’s next goal is to instil the fear factor

CURITIBA, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – Feared as tough opponents in many sports, Australia are aiming to build the same reputation in soccer after a creditable showing at the World Cup.

Australia are out of the tournament but want to show that their narrow 3-2 defeat by the highly-rated Dutch was not just a flash in the pan when they face deposed champions Spain on Monday before both teams head for home.

Jun 21, 2014
Jun 21, 2014
Jun 21, 2014

Perky Australians seek to complete Spanish misery

CURITIBA Brazil (Reuters) – Only pride is at stake when deposed champions Spain meet Australia in the World Cup on Monday but the Australians want to inflict more pain on their demoralized rivals before they head home.

Both teams have no points and have been eliminated but the mood in the two camps is very different, reflecting their contrasting expectations coming to the tournament.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Perky Australians seek to complete Spanish misery

CURITIBA, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) – Only pride is at stake when deposed champions Spain meet Australia in the World Cup on Monday but the Australians want to inflict more pain on their demoralised rivals before they head home.

Both teams have no points and have been eliminated but the mood in the two camps is very different, reflecting their contrasting expectations coming to the tournament.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Ecuador could use a favour from former coach

CURITIBA, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) – Having revived their World Cup hopes with a 2-1 win over Honduras, Ecuador could use some help from former coach Luis Fernando Suarez to help put them into the second round.

Ecuador face Group E leaders France in their last match on Wednesday, while rivals Switzerland meet the Hondurans who have lost both games and are almost certain to be knocked out.

Jun 21, 2014
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      "Sports Business Correspondent, a new role at Reuters. I was previously UK Chief Correspondent and have also worked in Italy, Ireland and the Netherlands during more than 20 years with Reuters. I have also worked as an editor in a number of senior roles."
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