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Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Cameroon depart as coach says they are ‘just not good enough’

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Cameroon showed glimpses of the right kind of fighting spirit as they departed the World Cup on Monday but for a second successive tournament the overriding image they leave behind is one of ill-discipline, conflict and greed.

Already out of contention and without injured talisman Samuel Eto’o, Cameroon had hosts Brazil on the back foot for periods of the first half of their last Group A game on Monday.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Cameroon depart as coach says they are ‘just not good enough’

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – Cameroon showed glimpses of the right kind of fighting spirit as they departed the World Cup on Monday but for a second successive tournament the overriding image they leave behind is one of ill-discipline, conflict and greed.

Already out of contention and without injured talisman Samuel Eto’o, Cameroon had hosts Brazil on the back foot for periods of the first half of their last Group A game on Monday.

Jun 23, 2014

Ghana deny match-rigging report, file complaint

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Ghana’s Football Association (GFA) denied British media reports on Monday that it had agreed to rig international matches and asked Ghanaian police to investigate two GFA officials the reports linked to the deal.

The Daily Telegraph and Channel 4 television’s Dispatches programme in London said they uncovered the case during a six-month investigation into match-fixing.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Ghana deny match-rigging report, file complaint

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – Ghana’s Football Association (GFA) denied British media reports on Monday that it had agreed to rig international matches and asked Ghanaian police to investigate two GFA officials the reports linked to the deal.

The Daily Telegraph and Channel 4 television’s Dispatches programme in London said they uncovered the case during a six-month investigation into match-fixing.

Jun 22, 2014

Nigeria on cusp of qualification but could still falter

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Nigeria returned to the World Cup winning trail by beating Bosnia on Saturday but a tally of four points might still not be enough to see the African champions through to the knockout stage.

The Nigerians hung on precariously for a 1-0 Group F triumph in Cuiaba as controversial refereeing decisions knocked Bosnia out of the tournament. For Nigeria, it was a first victory at the finals since 1998, ending a winless streak of nine matches. But there is still little conviction about their potential in Brazil, even if unbeaten after their first two outings.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Nigeria on cusp of qualification but could still falter

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – Nigeria returned to the World Cup winning trail by beating Bosnia on Saturday but a tally of four points might still not be enough to see the African champions through to the knockout stage.

The Nigerians hung on precariously for a 1-0 Group F triumph in Cuiaba as controversial refereeing decisions knocked Bosnia out of the tournament.

Jun 21, 2014

Deschamps breaks with convention as France excel

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Changing a winning team runs against conventional wisdom but France coach Didier Deschamps did just that versus Switzerland and his masterstroke has put his side on the brink of the World Cup knockout phase.

Olivier Giroud and Moussa Sissoko were drafted in on Friday, in two changes to the French side that won their opening Group E match against Honduras, and both played a pivotal part in a 5-2 thumping of Switzerland at the Fonte Nova arena.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Deschamps breaks with convention as France excel

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) – Changing a winning team runs against conventional wisdom but France coach Didier Deschamps did just that versus Switzerland and his masterstroke has put his side on the brink of the World Cup knockout phase.

Olivier Giroud and Moussa Sissoko were drafted in on Friday, in two changes to the French side that won their opening Group E match against Honduras, and both played a pivotal part in a 5-2 thumping of Switzerland at the Fonte Nova arena.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Rampant France run riot against Swiss

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – Rampant France sparkled in a 5-2 mauling of neighbours Switzerland in World Cup Group E on Friday to move closer to knockout phase four years after one of their darkest days.

France, who beat Honduras 3-0 in their opening game, top the standings with six points and will advance if Ecuador and Honduras draw later.

Jun 20, 2014

Rampant France run riot against Swiss

SALVADOR (Reuters) – Rampant France sparkled in a 5-2 mauling of neighbours Switzerland in World Cup Group E on Friday to move closer to knockout phase four years after one of their darkest days.

France, who beat Honduras 3-0 in their opening game, top the standings with six points and will advance if Ecuador and Honduras draw later.