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Jun 27, 2014

Algeria improvement reflected by progress in Brazil

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Algeria delivered on a growing reputation and marked themselves out as a potential African football force for the forseeable future in reaching the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil.

A battling display, backed up by good technical qualities and impressive fitness, saw the north Africans rally from a goal down to hold Russia 1-1 in Curitiba on Thursday and finish second in Group H behind Belgium.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-Algeria improvement reflected by progress in Brazil

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 27 (Reuters) – Algeria delivered on a growing reputation and marked themselves out as a potential African football force for the forseeable future in reaching the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil.

A battling display, backed up by good technical qualities and impressive fitness, saw the north Africans rally from a goal down to hold Russia 1-1 in Curitiba on Thursday and finish second in Group H behind Belgium.

Jun 26, 2014

Ghana’s tumultuous week ends in inevitable exit

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Ghana exited the World Cup on Thursday after finishing bottom of their group at the end of a tumultuous three days overshadowed by the expulsion of players and a training ground strike.

The 2-1 loss to Portugal in Brasilia left them a long way from the confident pre-tournament predictions about improving on their quarter-final placing of four years ago.

Jun 26, 2014

Soccer-Ghana’s tumultuous week ends in inevitable exit

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 26 (Reuters) – Ghana exited the World Cup on Thursday after finishing bottom of their group at the end of a tumultuous three days overshadowed by the expulsion of players and a training ground strike.

The 2-1 loss to Portugal in Brasilia left them a long way from the confident pre-tournament predictions about improving on their quarter-final placing of four years ago.

Jun 26, 2014

Ghana controversy damages African hopes of image change

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – High hopes of a strong performance by African teams at the World Cup have been swept away in a wave of controversy encapsulated on Thursday by the expulsion from the tournament of two Ghanaian players.

Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari have been sent home for disciplinary reasons as Ghana, who were the continent’s form team coming into the tournament, were plunged deeper into crisis just hours before they attempt to stay in the World Cup in their final group game against Portugal.

Jun 26, 2014

Soccer-Ghana controversy damages African hopes of image change

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 26 (Reuters) – High hopes of a strong performance by African teams at the World Cup have been swept away in a wave of controversy encapsulated on Thursday by the expulsion from the tournament of two Ghanaian players.

Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari have been sent home for disciplinary reasons as Ghana, who were the continent’s form team coming into the tournament, were plunged deeper into crisis just hours before they attempt to stay in the World Cup in their final group game against Portugal.

Jun 26, 2014

Soccer-Ghana controversy damages African hopes of image change

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 26 (Reuters) – High hopes of a strong performance by African teams at the World Cup have been swept away in a wave of controversy encapsulated on Thursday by the expulsion from the tournament of two Ghanaian players.

Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari have been sent home for disciplinary reasons as Ghana, who were the continent’s form team coming into the tournament, were plunged deeper into crisis just hours before they attempt to stay in the World Cup in their final group game against Portugal.

Jun 25, 2014

Tired Iran fail to rise to the occasion

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Iran had a chance to progress to the knockout stage of the World Cup on Wednesday but after an initial burst of aggressive energy reverted back to type and saw the opportunity pass them by in a 3-1 defeat by Bosnia.

The Asian country, with just one previous World Cup finals victory to their name, needed to beat Bosnia and hope Nigeria lost at the same time to Argentina to take the runners-up berth in Group F and reach the second phase.

Jun 25, 2014

Queiroz quits one-sided Iran marriage

SALVADOR (Reuters) – Iran coach Carlos Queiroz confirmed his decision to step down after their World Cup exit on Wednesday, calling his relationship with the country’s football association a one-sided marriage.

“I didn’t I receive any single concrete or attractive proposal to stay on over the last 11 months,” he told reporters after his side lost their last Group F match 3-1 to Bosnia to miss out on a first appearance in the knockout stages.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Tired Iran fail to rise to the occasion

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 25 (Reuters) – Iran had a chance to progress to the knockout stage of the World Cup on Wednesday but after an initial burst of aggressive energy reverted back to type and saw the opportunity pass them by in a 3-1 defeat by Bosnia.

The Asian country, with just one previous World Cup finals victory to their name, needed to beat Bosnia and hope Nigeria lost at the same time to Argentina to take the runners-up berth in Group F and reach the second phase.