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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.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Queiroz quits one-sided Iran marriage

SALVADOR, June 25 (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 24, 2014

Ivory Coast jinx strikes again

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – A contentious refereeing decision eliminated the Ivory Coast from the World Cup on Tuesday, extending a calamitous record at tournaments for a golden generation of players who must now feel permanently jinxed.

The Africans were just minutes from achieving their aim of going through to the second round when a controversial call gave opponents Greece a stoppage-time penalty which Giorgos Samaras converted to put the European side through with a 2-1 win.

Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-Ivory Coast jinx strikes again

June 24 (Reuters) – A contentious refereeing decision eliminated the Ivory Coast from the World Cup on Tuesday, extending a calamitous record at tournaments for a golden generation of players who must now feel permanently jinxed.

The Africans were just minutes from achieving their aim of going through to the second round when a controversial call gave opponents Greece a stoppage-time penalty which Giorgos Samaras converted to put the European side through with a 2-1 win.