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Jun 18, 2014

Goalline technology, free kick spray make World Cup debuts

CURITIBA Brazil (Reuters) – Goalline technology and referees spraying the pitch to mark a line where defensive walls must stand are among the innovations at the World Cup in Brazil, illustrating how the game is subtly evolving.

Following are some of the other novelties and that fans have enjoyed over the first round of matches.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Goalline technology, free kick spray make World Cup debuts

CURITIBA, Brazil, June 17 (Reuters) – Goalline technology and referees spraying the pitch to mark a line where defensive walls must stand are among the innovations at the World Cup in Brazil, illustrating how the game is subtly evolving.

Following are some of the other novelties and that fans have enjoyed over the first round of matches.

Jun 17, 2014

Belgium show strength in depth with comeback win

By Keith Weir

(Reuters) – Goals from substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens showed that Belgium have the strength in depth to justify their tag as genuine World Cup contenders.

Playing in their first finals since 2002, the Belgians struggled to justify the pre-tournament hype for much of their Group H game with Algeria in Belo Horizonte but scored twice in 10 second half minutes for a 2-1 victory.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Belgium show strength in depth with comeback win

June 17 (Reuters) – Goals from substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens showed that Belgium have the strength in depth to justify their tag as genuine World Cup contenders.

Playing in their first finals since 2002, the Belgians struggled to justify the pre-tournament hype for much of their Group H game with Algeria in Belo Horizonte but scored twice in 10 second half minutes for a 2-1 victory.

Jun 17, 2014
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Jun 16, 2014

Nigerians bemoan lack of patience after drawing blank

CURITIBA Brazil (Reuters) – African champions Nigeria blamed impatience for their failure to break down outsiders Iran in a 0-0 draw on Monday that stood out like a sore thumb in an otherwise thrilling World Cup.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz had made it clear that he would pack his defense in the Group F game but Nigeria swiftly ran out of ideas when confronted with the tactic.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Nigerians bemoan lack of patience after drawing blank

CURITIBA, Brazil, June 16 (Reuters) – African champions Nigeria blamed impatience for their failure to break down outsiders Iran in a 0-0 draw on Monday that stood out like a sore thumb in an otherwise thrilling World Cup.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz had made it clear that he would pack his defence in the Group F game but Nigeria swiftly ran out of ideas when confronted with the tactic.

Jun 16, 2014

Queiroz delighted with dour Iran draw

CURITIBA Brazil (Reuters) – Iran’s ugly 0-0 draw with Nigeria was met by jeers from disapproving Brazilian fans in the crowd but coach Carlos Queiroz only saw beauty in the fight, determination and discipline shown by his unheralded players.

The African champions dominated the Group F contest at the Baixada arena in Curitiba for long periods but struggled to find a way through the defensively-sound Asians as the World Cup goal-fest ground to a halt.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Queiroz delighted with dour Iran draw

CURITIBA, Brazil, June 16 (Reuters) – Iran’s ugly 0-0 draw with Nigeria was met by jeers from disapproving Brazilian fans in the crowd but coach Carlos Queiroz only saw beauty in the fight, determination and discipline shown by his unheralded players.

The African champions dominated the Group F contest at the Baixada arena in Curitiba for long periods but struggled to find a way through the defensively-sound Asians as the World Cup goal-fest ground to a halt.

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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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