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Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-Van Gaal expected goals against Spain but never five

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – Scoring against Spain was always a possibility for the Netherlands but five goals in a rampant victory was far beyond expectations, said coach Louis van Gaal after a 5-1 triumph in their World Cup opener on Friday.

“I didn’t expect the result but I did expect goals. We have players who can turn a match,” he said after the game, looking remarkably calm for a coach whose side who had just inflicted a stunning upset win over the reigning world champions.

Jun 13, 2014

We are all to blame, Del Bosque says after Dutch mauling

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Spain coach Vicente del Bosque refused to single out any of his stunned players for blame after the holders crashed to a shocking 5-1 reverse to Netherlands in their World Cup Group B opener on Friday.

Spain took the lead in Salvador through a 27th-minute Xabi Alonso penalty before Robin van Persie leveled a minute before halftime but the ragged world and European champions were outplayed by the Dutch in the second period.

Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-We are all to blame, Del Bosque says after Dutch mauling

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – Spain coach Vicente del Bosque refused to single out any of his stunned players for blame after the holders crashed to a shocking 5-1 reverse to Netherlands in their World Cup Group B opener on Friday.

Spain took the lead in Salvador through a 27th-minute Xabi Alonso penalty before Robin van Persie levelled a minute before halftime but the ragged world and European champions were outplayed by the Dutch in the second period.

Jun 13, 2014

Eto’o defends himself in open letter to Cameroon people

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Cameroon captain Samuel Eto’o defended himself on Friday over his role in the squad’s pre-World Cup strike action in the wake of blistering criticism back home, including media allegations of “treason”.

In an open letter to the Cameroon people, Eto’o said last weekend’s strike – which included refusing to accept a symbolic flag from the prime minister and delaying their departure for Brazil by almost a day in a haggle over World Cup money – was a search for “improvements that will benefit future generations”.

Jun 13, 2014

Eto’o accused of ‘treason’ amid strike fallout

SALVADOR (Reuters) – Cameroon’s affection for its favourite footballing son has turned sharply with striker Samuel Eto’o accused by local media of “treason” after leading strike action by their World Cup squad at the weekend.

Eto’o's tantrums and temperamental behaviour have long been tolerated because of his success on the field but it seems his country has had enough on the eve of their opening game against Mexico at the World Cup.

Jun 13, 2014

Soccer: Eto’o defends himself in open letter to Cameroon people

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Cameroon captain Samuel Eto’o defended himself on Friday over his role in the squad’s pre-World Cup strike action in the wake of blistering criticism back home, including media allegations of “treason”.

In an open letter to the Cameroon people, Eto’o said last weekend’s strike – which included refusing to accept a symbolic flag from the prime minister and delaying their departure for Brazil by almost a day in a haggle over World Cup money – was a search for “improvements that will benefit future generations”.

Jun 12, 2014

Trauma over for Robben as nemesis Casillas looms again

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 12 (Reuters) – Netherlands forward Arjen Robben has put to bed the trauma of the missed chance he had to win the 2010 World Cup as his team prepare to face world champions Spain again in their Group B opener on Friday.

But the prospect of going head-to-head again with Iker Casillas, the Spanish goalkeeper whose outstretched leg denied the Dutchman a possible World Cup-winning goal in South Africa, means he must relive a moment of notoriety.

Jun 12, 2014

Soccer-Trauma over for Robben as nemesis Casillas looms again

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 12 (Reuters) – Netherlands forward Arjen Robben has put to bed the trauma of the missed chance he had to win the 2010 World Cup as his team prepare to face world champions Spain again in their Group B opener on Friday.

But the prospect of going head-to-head again with Iker Casillas, the Spanish goalkeeper whose outstretched leg denied the Dutchman a possible World Cup-winning goal in South Africa, means he must relive a moment of notoriety.

Jun 12, 2014

Soccer-Eto’o accused of ‘treason’ amid strike fallout

SALVADOR, June 12 (Reuters) – Cameroon’s affection for its favourite footballing son has turned sharply with striker Samuel Eto’o accused by local media of “treason” after leading strike action by their World Cup squad at the weekend.

Eto’o's tantrums and temperamental behaviour have long been tolerated because of his success on the field but it seems his country has had enough on the eve of their opening game against Mexico at the World Cup.

Jun 12, 2014

Eto’o accused of ‘treason’ as strike fallout continues

SALVADOR (Reuters) – Cameroon’s affection for its favorite footballing son has turned sharply with striker Samuel Eto’o accused by local media of “treason” after leading strike action by their World Cup squad at the weekend.

Eto’o's tantrums and temperamental behavior have long been tolerated because of his success on the field but it seems his country has had enough on the eve of their opening game against Mexico at the World Cup.