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Jun 24, 2014

Iran face own ‘World Cup final’ against Bosnia

SALVADOR (Reuters) – Iran coach Carlos Queiroz believes the Group F match against Bosnia on Wednesday will be their own “World Cup final” as they seek a victory that could put them into the second round.

“It’s as simple as that,” said Queiroz. “The day we left Tehran everybody knew we weren’t coming here to win the trophy, nobody expects that of us, no one demands that from Iran.

Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-Iran face own “World Cup final” against Bosnia

SALVADOR, June 24 (Reuters) – Iran coach Carlos Queiroz believes the Group F match against Bosnia on Wednesday will be their own “World Cup final” as they seek a victory that could put them into the second round.

“It’s as simple as that,” said Queiroz. “The day we left Tehran everybody knew we weren’t coming here to win the trophy, nobody expects that of us, no one demands that from Iran.

Jun 24, 2014

Bosnia seek redemption with coach unsure of future

SALVADOR (Reuters) – Bosnia want to leave their first World Cup with some form of redemption from their final game against Iran but the uncertain future of popular coach Safet Susic will be hanging over them.

Already eliminated after narrow defeats by Argentina and Nigeria, Bosnia continue to bemoan the refereeing decisions they believe cost them a possible knockout round place as they seek to finish the tournament in Brazil with a win. “We all expected the match tomorrow (Wednesday) to be our key game to decide a place in the round of 16 but it has not panned out as we had expected,” Susic told the pre-match news conference at the Fonte Nova arena on Tuesday. “Had we had more luck, had we played better and the referees taken more logical decisions we could have been competing for a place in the knockout round. “We are very disappointed and I apologize but it was our World Cup debut. We will be looking for some redemption,” he said referring to their final game against Iran, who can still qualify for the last 16 if results go their way. Captain Emir Spahic added: “Other factors decided our fate, but we have to accept things as they are. We hoped we would have stayed longer and objectively speaking we could have.” A decision to rule offside a legitimate-looking goal for Edin Dzeko in Saturday’s Group F game against Nigeria in Cuiaba is at the center of Bosnia’s complaints. But Susic has also been criticized for changing the frontline that saw Bosnia score 30 goals in 10 qualifiers to reach their first World Cup finals.

Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-Bosnia seek redemption with coach unsure of future

SALVADOR, June 24 (Reuters) – Bosnia want to leave their first World Cup with some form of redemption from their final game against Iran but the uncertain future of popular coach Safet Susic will be hanging over them.

Already eliminated after narrow defeats by Argentina and Nigeria, Bosnia continue to bemoan the refereeing decisions they believe cost them a possible knockout round place as they seek to finish the tournament in Brazil with a win.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Cameroon depart as coach says they are ‘just not good enough’

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Cameroon showed glimpses of the right kind of fighting spirit as they departed the World Cup on Monday but for a second successive tournament the overriding image they leave behind is one of ill-discipline, conflict and greed.

Already out of contention and without injured talisman Samuel Eto’o, Cameroon had hosts Brazil on the back foot for periods of the first half of their last Group A game on Monday.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Cameroon depart as coach says they are ‘just not good enough’

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – Cameroon showed glimpses of the right kind of fighting spirit as they departed the World Cup on Monday but for a second successive tournament the overriding image they leave behind is one of ill-discipline, conflict and greed.

Already out of contention and without injured talisman Samuel Eto’o, Cameroon had hosts Brazil on the back foot for periods of the first half of their last Group A game on Monday.

Jun 23, 2014

Ghana deny match-rigging report, file complaint

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Ghana’s Football Association (GFA) denied British media reports on Monday that it had agreed to rig international matches and asked Ghanaian police to investigate two GFA officials the reports linked to the deal.

The Daily Telegraph and Channel 4 television’s Dispatches programme in London said they uncovered the case during a six-month investigation into match-fixing.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Ghana deny match-rigging report, file complaint

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – Ghana’s Football Association (GFA) denied British media reports on Monday that it had agreed to rig international matches and asked Ghanaian police to investigate two GFA officials the reports linked to the deal.

The Daily Telegraph and Channel 4 television’s Dispatches programme in London said they uncovered the case during a six-month investigation into match-fixing.

Jun 22, 2014

Nigeria on cusp of qualification but could still falter

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Nigeria returned to the World Cup winning trail by beating Bosnia on Saturday but a tally of four points might still not be enough to see the African champions through to the knockout stage.

The Nigerians hung on precariously for a 1-0 Group F triumph in Cuiaba as controversial refereeing decisions knocked Bosnia out of the tournament. For Nigeria, it was a first victory at the finals since 1998, ending a winless streak of nine matches. But there is still little conviction about their potential in Brazil, even if unbeaten after their first two outings.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Nigeria on cusp of qualification but could still falter

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – Nigeria returned to the World Cup winning trail by beating Bosnia on Saturday but a tally of four points might still not be enough to see the African champions through to the knockout stage.

The Nigerians hung on precariously for a 1-0 Group F triumph in Cuiaba as controversial refereeing decisions knocked Bosnia out of the tournament.