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Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-Algeria win admirers as they depart plucky losers

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 30 (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 favourites 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.

Jun 30, 2014

Vermaelen out, Kompany doubtful for Belgium

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Thomas Vermaelen will miss Belgium’s World Cup last-16 match against the United States on Tuesday while captain Vincent Kompany will undergo a late fitness test, coach Marc Wilmots said on Monday.

Vermaelen has not recovered from a hamstring injury while fellow defender Kompany’s participation in the knockout round game at Salvador’s Fonte Nova arena is in doubt as he battles with a groin problem.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Vermaelen out, Kompany doubtful for Belgium

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 30 (Reuters) – Thomas Vermaelen will miss Belgium’s World Cup last-16 match against the United States on Tuesday while captain Vincent Kompany will undergo a late fitness test, coach Marc Wilmots said on Monday.

Vermaelen has not recovered from a hamstring injury while fellow defender Kompany’s participation in the knockout round game at Salvador’s Fonte Nova arena is in doubt as he battles with a groin problem.

Jun 30, 2014

Nigeria depart having shown few signs of progress

SALVADOR Brazil (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 emphasize the extremes in their play, from the sublime in attack and goalkeeping to the comical in defense.

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.