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Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Nigeria depart having shown few signs of progress

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 30 (Reuters) – African champions Nigeria will draw satisfaction from advancing to the knockout phase of the World Cup but showed no signs of palpable progress at the tournament in Brazil.

Their four matches in Brazil served only to again emphasise the extremes in their play, from the sublime in attack and goalkeeping to the comical in defence.

Jun 30, 2014

Robben says he dived but not for key penalty award

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Netherlands winger Arjen Robben has said the controversial penalty he won in stoppage time against Mexico to secure victory in Sunday’s last-16 clash was legitimate but admitted he dived earlier in the game.

The Dutch FA (KNVB) issued a statement on Monday seeking to clarify the media interpretation of Robben’s quotes on Dutch television after the match when he discussed the late penalty call that saw the Netherlands win 2-1 at the Castelao arena. Several media reports had erroneously reported that Robben admitted diving for the penalty that led to the victory.

Jun 30, 2014

‘King Klaas’ delivers as he gets chance for cameo

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Netherlands striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar finally got a starring role at the World Cup and took full advantage to find his celebratory kung-fu kick plastered all over his country’s press on Monday.

The substitute striker described the feeling of scoring as “the best drug there is” and showed his joy in exuberant fashion – sprinting off to kung-fu kick the corner flag after firing the winning penalty to overcome Mexico in the last 16 as the Dutch advanced to the quarter-finals.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-’King Klaas’ delivers as he gets chance for cameo

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 30 (Reuters) – Netherlands striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar finally got a starring role at the World Cup and took full advantage to find his celebratory kung-fu kick plastered all over his country’s press on Monday.

The substitute striker described the feeling of scoring as “the best drug there is” and showed his joy in exuberant fashion – sprinting off to kung-fu kick the corner flag after firing the winning penalty to overcome Mexico in the last 16 as the Dutch advanced to the quarter-finals.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Robben says he dived but not for key penalty award

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 30 (Reuters) – Netherlands winger Arjen Robben has said the controversial penalty he won in stoppage time against Mexico to secure victory in Sunday’s last-16 clash was legitimate but admitted he dived earlier in the game.

The Dutch FA (KNVB) issued a statement on Monday seeking to clarify the media interpretation of Robben’s quotes on Dutch television after the match when he discussed the late penalty call that saw the Netherlands win 2-1 at the Castelao arena.

Jun 29, 2014

Dutch savor orange-tinged rub of the green at last

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – For a nation whose World Cup history is filled with hard-luck stories, the Netherlands will be feeling the tide has finally turned after they snatched a fortuitous victory over Mexico on Sunday to advance to the quarter-finals.

The Dutch have a rich history of success being ripped from their grasp but good fortune shone as brightly on them as the Fortaleza sun, bringing an equalizer two minutes from time and then getting a stoppage-time penalty that sealed a 2-1 triumph.

Jun 29, 2014

Soccer-Dutch savour orange-tinged rub of the green at last

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 29 (Reuters) – For a nation whose World Cup history is filled with hard-luck stories, the Netherlands will be feeling the tide has finally turned after they snatched a fortuitous victory over Mexico on Sunday to advance to the quarter-finals.

The Dutch have a rich history of success being ripped from their grasp but good fortune shone as brightly on them as the Fortaleza sun, bringing an equaliser two minutes from time and then getting a stoppage-time penalty that sealed a 2-1 triumph.

Jun 29, 2014

Petulant Lukaku likely to lead line for Belgium

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Striker Romelu Lukaku is set to return but concern over captain Vincent Kompany is still clouding Belgium’s build-up to their World Cup last-16 meeting with the United States in Salvador on Tuesday.

Kompany skipped training again on Sunday as he battled with a groin problem, having now not worked out with the rest of the squad since before Belgium’s last game against South Korea which he sat out.

Jun 29, 2014

Soccer-Petulant Lukaku likely to lead line for Belgium

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 29 (Reuters) – Striker Romelu Lukaku is set to return but concern over captain Vincent Kompany is still clouding Belgium’s build-up to their World Cup last-16 meeting with the United States in Salvador on Tuesday.

Kompany skipped training again on Sunday as he battled with a groin problem, having now not worked out with the rest of the squad since before Belgium’s last game against South Korea which he sat out.

Jun 29, 2014

Undefeated Courtois an imposing threat to U.S hopes

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – It will not only be Thibaut Courtois’ considerable frame that the United States must get past if they are beat Belgium at the World Cup but also an impressive record for his country.

The 1.98 meter goalkeeper has not been on the losing side for Belgium in his 20 international appearances to date, a record he told reporters he had no intention of giving up when the two countries meet in the last 16 in Salvador on Tuesday.