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Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Joker Fellaini eyes return to top form

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 18 (Reuters) – Belgium’s Marouane Fellaini is hoping the goal he scored at the World Cup will mark a return to top form after a miserable club season which left question marks over his future at Manchester United.

“Next season I want to reach my best level ever. The injury I had in the past season made it very difficult for me,” he told a news conference on Wednesday, a day after scoring the equaliser against Algeria before Belgium went on to win their Group H opener in Belo Horizonte.

Jun 18, 2014

Africa off to a miserable World Cup start

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Defeat for Algeria on Tuesday completed a miserable start for Africa at the World Cup in Brazil with only the heroics of aging Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba to enthuse over.

The 36-year-old came on as a substitute to help the Ivorians come from behind to beat Japan on Saturday but for the other four African representatives, their chances of a second round berth are already looking bleak with the tournament not yet a week old.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Africa off to a miserable World Cup start

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 17 (Reuters) – Defeat for Algeria on Tuesday completed a miserable start for Africa at the World Cup in Brazil with only the heroics of aging Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba to enthuse over.

The 36-year-old came on as a substitute to help the Ivorians come from behind to beat Japan on Saturday but for the other four African representatives, their chances of a second round berth are already looking bleak with the tournament not yet a week old.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Mueller surprised how easy it was to destroy Portugal

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Thomas Mueller and his Germany team mates could hardly believe their eyes when they looked up at the scoreboard early in the first half and saw they were leading Portugal 2-0 in their World Cup opening match on Monday.

The Germany striker had scored the first of his three goals in the 4-0 rout of the team they feared most in Group G and he was soon involved in an incident that all but ended Portugal’s hopes of a comeback.

Jun 16, 2014

Mueller surprised how easy it was to destroy Portugal

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Thomas Mueller and his Germany team mates could hardly believe their eyes when they looked up at the scoreboard early in the first half and saw they were leading Portugal 2-0 in their World Cup opening match on Monday.

The Germany striker had scored the first of his three goals in the 4-0 rout of the team they feared most in Group G and he was soon involved in an incident that all but ended Portugal’s hopes of a comeback.

Jun 16, 2014

Portugal coach accuses referee of favouring Germany

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 16 (Reuters) – Portugal coach Paulo Bento suggested the referee was biased in favour of Germany after his side had a penalty awarded against them and a player sent off in their 4-0 World Cup defeat on Monday.

“These were the two things that seemed to show bias and they were both decisive,” he told a news conference of the penalty decision after 12 minutes and the 37th-minute sending-off of defender Pepe in the Group G opener.

Jun 16, 2014

Germany’s Loew praises disciplined defence

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Germany coach Joachim Loew was just as pleased with his team’s defensive effort in shutting down world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo as he was with his forwards in their 4-0 opening World Cup win over Portugal on Monday.

“Naturally it was an excellent first match, we had no option but to win,” Loew told a news conference.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Portugal coach accuses referee of favoring Germany

SALVADOR, Brazil, (Reuters) – Portugal coach Paulo Bento suggested the referee was biased in favor of Germany after his side had a penalty awarded against them and a player sent off in their 4-0 World Cup defeat on Monday.

“These were the two things that seemed to show bias and they were both decisive,” he told a news conference of the penalty decision after 12 minutes and the 37th-minute sending-off of defender Pepe in the Group G opener.

Jun 15, 2014

Early kickoff in Salvador heat a danger to players: Bento

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Portugal’s lunchtime kickoff against Germany in World Cup Group G in Salvador on Monday will put players at risk because of the heat and humidity, Portugal coach Paulo Bento said.

“A 1pm kick off is harmful to the players,” he told reporters at the Fonte Nova arena where, ironically, rain is expected and the temperature will touch 26 degrees with around 80 percent humidity. “I believe to play in the heat is not the best way to produce good football. The most important thing in football is the players and they should not be exposed to that. “You think that some lessons would have been learnt from the tournaments they had in the past, like in the USA,” Bento added.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Early kickoff in Salvador heat a danger to players – Bento

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) – Portugal’s lunchtime kickoff against Germany in World Cup Group G in Salvador on Monday will put players at risk because of the heat and humidity, Portugal coach Paulo Bento said.

“A 1pm kick off is harmful to the players,” he told reporters at the Fonte Nova arena where, ironically, rain is expected and the temperature will touch 26 degrees with around 80 percent humidity.