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Jul 9, 2014

Brazil’s image shattered, says Maradona

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the World Cup semi-final was a “hammer-blow” that has damaged the hosts’ image around the world, Argentine great Diego Maradona said.

The astonishing reverse was Brazil’s record World Cup defeat, their first loss at home in 64 competitive matches since 1975, and the first time they had lost by six goals in any match since Uruguay beat them 6-0 in the Copa America in 1920.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Brazil’s image shattered, says Maradona

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 9 (Reuters) – Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the World Cup semi-final was a “hammer-blow” that has damaged the hosts’ image around the world, Argentine great Diego Maradona said.

The astonishing reverse was Brazil’s record World Cup defeat, their first loss at home in 64 competitive matches since 1975, and the first time they had lost by six goals in any match since Uruguay beat them 6-0 in the Copa America in 1920.

Jun 16, 2014

Chile serious despite ‘suicidal’ style: Vidal

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Chile’s all-out attacking style may look rash to outsiders, but the team have serious ambitions after a flying start to the World Cup, midfielder Arturo Vidal said on Monday.

“A lot of people say our offensive form of play makes us a somewhat suicidal team, and yes it’s true, but we also came with the aim of trying to be world champions,” Vidal, known as “El Rey Arturo” (King Arthur) to Chile fans, told reporters.

Jun 5, 2014

Messi kept scoreless in Argentina warmup win

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Lionel Messi, looking to score his first World Cup goals since 2006 in Brazil this month, went scoreless as Argentina cruised to a 3-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in a World Cup warmup on Friday. Messi missed several chances in the first half, was repeatedly fouled and hit the post with a free kick from which midfielder Javier Mascherano tapped in Argentina’s second goal. Striker Rodrigo Palacio, replacing the injured Gonzalo Higuain, headed the opener in the last action of the first half and substitute Maxi Rodriguez completed the win in the 64th minute. Prolific for Barcelona, Messi has only one goal to his name at two World Cups, scored in a 6-0 rout of Serbia & Montenegro on his tournament debut at the 2006 finals in Germany.

He went goalless in five matches at the 2010 finals in South Africa.

“We finished strongly, Trinidad and Tobago were opponents who closed up at the back like some teams in the group will do (at the World Cup),” Messi told reporters.Argentina, looking to win their third world title at the June 12-July 13 finals in Brazil, cruised to victory after squandering a string of first-half chances with Ezequiel Lavezzi, replacing Sergio Aguero who was unwell earlier this week, the biggest culprit. Palacio finally made the breakthrough, heading in an Angel Di Maria corner at the near post in the second minute of first- half stoppage time after Trinidad gave away the corner preventing Messi from scoring.

Jun 5, 2014

Soccer-Messi kept scoreless in Argentina warmup win

BUENOS AIRES, June 4 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi, looking to score his first World Cup goals since 2006 in Brazil this month, went scoreless as Argentina cruised to a 3-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in a World Cup warmup on Friday.

Messi missed several chances in the first half, was repeatedly fouled and hit the post with a free kick from which midfielder Javier Mascherano tapped in Argentina’s second goal.

May 16, 2014

River on verge of title to end years of hurt

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentine league leaders River Plate are going for an eighth successive home win over Quilmes on Sunday (9.30 p.m. BST) that will secure the title and end six years of failure including their traumatic first relegation.

River, looking for a record 35th league championship, lead the Final tournament with 34 points, two more than Estudiantes and three ahead of Gimnasia.

May 16, 2014

Soccer-River on verge of title to end years of hurt

BUENOS AIRES, May 16 (Reuters) – Argentine league leaders River Plate are going for an eighth successive home win over Quilmes on Sunday (2030 GMT) that will secure the title and end six years of failure including their traumatic first relegation.

River, looking for a record 35th league championship, lead the Final tournament with 34 points, two more than Estudiantes and three ahead of Gimnasia.

Dec 27, 2013

Francescoli sees Uruguay going far with Suarez

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Uruguay should be feared at next year’s World Cup in Brazil because they have the world’s best striker in Luis Suarez and the self-belief to overcome big obstacles, former captain Enzo Francescoli said on Friday.

The twice world champions are in a tough section with former winners Italy and England plus Costa Rica in Group D.

Dec 27, 2013

Francescoli sees Uruguay going far with Suarez

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Uruguay should be feared at next year’s World Cup in Brazil because they have the world’s best striker in Luis Suarez and the self-belief to overcome big obstacles, former captain Enzo Francescoli said on Friday.

The twice world champions are in a tough section with former winners Italy and England plus Costa Rica in Group D.

Dec 27, 2013

Soccer-Francescoli sees Uruguay going far with Suarez

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Uruguay should be feared at next year’s World Cup in Brazil because they have the world’s best striker in Luis Suarez and the self-belief to overcome big obstacles, former captain Enzo Francescoli said on Friday.

The twice world champions are in a tough section with former winners Italy and England plus Costa Rica in Group D.