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Jul 3, 2014

Soccer-Forget about pretty football, we’re winning ugly-Sneijder

SALVADOR, Brazil, July 3 (Reuters) – Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder has told fastidious Dutch football connoisseurs to forget about the side playing pretty at the World Cup because he does not want to go home just yet.

The continuing debate over the team abandoning its total football philosophy and employing an uglier pressing and counter attacking style still has Dutch opinion dividend – even after the team scored 12 goals in four wins at the tournament in Brazil to book a quarter-final berth.

Jul 2, 2014

Back to work for Belgians as Wilmots demands more

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Belgium went straight back to work on Wednesday, given little time to celebrate their win over the United States at the World Cup as coach Marc Wilmots said he wanted to “raise the bar higher”.

“Now that we are in the quarter-final we have got to try and go all the way,” said the coach as his side looked ahead to their meeting in the last eight with Argentina in Brasilia on Saturday.

Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-Back to work for Belgians as Wilmots demands more

SALVADOR, Brazil, July 2 (Reuters) – Belgium went straight back to work on Wednesday, given little time to celebrate their win over the United States at the World Cup as coach Marc Wilmots said he wanted to “raise the bar higher”.

“Now that we are in the quarter-final we have got to try and go all the way,” said the coach as his side looked ahead to their meeting in the last eight with Argentina in Brasilia on Saturday.

Jul 2, 2014

Belgium deserved win after creating many chances: Wilmots

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Belgium silenced their critics and put behind them a slow start to the World Cup, with coach Marc Wilmots happy with the number of chances created by his team in a 2-1 win against the United States on Tuesday.

“We had something like 27 chances in the game and we deserved our win. We created a chance after just two minutes and it was fantastic goalkeeping from Tim Howard that kept us out,” Wilmots told the post match press conference.

Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-Belgium deserved win after creating many chances – Wilmots

SALVADOR, Brazil, July 1 (Reuters) – Belgium silenced their critics and put behind them a slow start to the World Cup, with coach Marc Wilmots happy with the number of chances created by his team in a 2-1 win against the United States on Tuesday.

“We had something like 27 chances in the game and we deserved our win. We created a chance after just two minutes and it was fantastic goalkeeping from Tim Howard that kept us out,” Wilmots told the post match press conference.

Jul 2, 2014

Klinsmann upbeat about future despite U.S. loss

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Beaten but unbowed, the United States exited the World Cup after losing to Belgium on Tuesday, their disappointment to be going home offset by optimism for the future.

The Americans went down 2-1 in an extra-time thriller that ended with both teams’ players running themselves to the point of exhaustion after one of the best matches of the tournament.

Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-Klinsmann upbeat about future despite U.S. loss

SALVADOR, Brazil, July 1 (Reuters) – Beaten but unbowed, the United States exited the World Cup after losing to Belgium on Tuesday, their disappointment to be going home offset by optimism for the future.

The Americans went down 2-1 in an extra-time thriller that ended with both teams’ players running themselves to the point of exhaustion after one of the best matches of the tournament.

Jul 1, 2014

Cameroon to investigate World Cup match-fixing claims

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Cameroon are to investigate claims that seven of their players were involved in match-fixing at the World Cup, the country’s football federation FECAFOOT said on Monday.

FECAFOOT said it had instructed its ethics committee to probe allegations of what it described as “fraud” in their three games in Brazil, particularly a 4-0 loss to Croatia in Manaus in their second Group A game.

Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-Cameroon to investigate World Cup match-fixing claims

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 30 (Reuters) – Cameroon are to investigate claims that seven of their players were involved in match-fixing at the World Cup, the country’s football federation FECAFOOT said on Monday.

FECAFOOT said it had instructed its ethics committee to probe allegations of what it described as “fraud” in their three games in Brazil, particularly a 4-0 loss to Croatia in Manaus in their second Group A game.

Jul 1, 2014

Algeria win admirers as they depart plucky losers

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Algeria’s battling display against Germany in the last 16 of the World Cup on Monday will not only have won them many new admirers but also marks them out as one of the favorites for next year’s African Nations Cup.

Africa’s last team standing after Nigeria’s defeat by France earlier in the day, Algeria gave Germany a mighty scare, taking them to extra time in Porto Alegre before finally losing 2-1.