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Jun 21, 2014

Deschamps breaks with convention as France excel

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Changing a winning team runs against conventional wisdom but France coach Didier Deschamps did just that versus Switzerland and his masterstroke has put his side on the brink of the World Cup knockout phase.

Olivier Giroud and Moussa Sissoko were drafted in on Friday, in two changes to the French side that won their opening Group E match against Honduras, and both played a pivotal part in a 5-2 thumping of Switzerland at the Fonte Nova arena.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Deschamps breaks with convention as France excel

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) – Changing a winning team runs against conventional wisdom but France coach Didier Deschamps did just that versus Switzerland and his masterstroke has put his side on the brink of the World Cup knockout phase.

Olivier Giroud and Moussa Sissoko were drafted in on Friday, in two changes to the French side that won their opening Group E match against Honduras, and both played a pivotal part in a 5-2 thumping of Switzerland at the Fonte Nova arena.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Rampant France run riot against Swiss

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – Rampant France sparkled in a 5-2 mauling of neighbours Switzerland in World Cup Group E on Friday to move closer to knockout phase four years after one of their darkest days.

France, who beat Honduras 3-0 in their opening game, top the standings with six points and will advance if Ecuador and Honduras draw later.

Jun 20, 2014

Rampant France run riot against Swiss

SALVADOR (Reuters) – Rampant France sparkled in a 5-2 mauling of neighbours Switzerland in World Cup Group E on Friday to move closer to knockout phase four years after one of their darkest days.

France, who beat Honduras 3-0 in their opening game, top the standings with six points and will advance if Ecuador and Honduras draw later.

Jun 20, 2014

Cameroon to investigate head-butting incident

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – Cameroon are investigating the head-butting incident between two of their own players in Wednesday’s loss to Croatia but look unlikely to make any findings before they play their last game against Brazil on Monday.

A belated statement from the Cameroon Football Federation, almost two days after the incident, condemned the clash in which full back Benoit Assou-Ekotto attacked team mate Benjamin Moukandjo late in the game in Manaus, which Cameroon lost 4-0 to go out of the tournament.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Cameroon to investigate head-butting incident

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – Cameroon are investigating the head-butting incident between two of their own players in Wednesday’s loss to Croatia but look unlikely to make any findings before they play their last game against Brazil on Monday.

A belated statement from the Cameroon Football Federation, almost two days after the incident, condemned the clash in which full back Benoit Assou-Ekotto attacked team mate Benjamin Moukandjo late in the game in Manaus, which Cameroon lost 4-0 to go out of the tournament.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer: Clarion call for Drogba to start becomes louder

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – The clamor for Didier Drogba to be restored to the Ivory Coast starting lineup will resound even louder after the Africans lost to Colombia at the World Cup on Thursday.

To the dismay of Ivorian media and fans alike, Drogba has been used off the bench in their opening two Group C matches, playing a decisive role in the first game against Japan but proving relatively ineffectual in the 2-1 loss to Colombia.

Jun 20, 2014

Clarion call for Drogba to start becomes louder

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – The clamour for Didier Drogba to be restored to the Ivory Coast starting lineup will resound even louder after the Africans lost to Colombia at the World Cup on Thursday.

To the dismay of Ivorian media and fans alike, Drogba has been used off the bench in their opening two Group C matches, playing a decisive role in the first game against Japan but proving relatively ineffectual in the 2-1 loss to Colombia.

Jun 20, 2014

Spain’s exit is a rain on World Cup parade – Hitzfeld

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Most coaches would be glad to see the back of Spain but Swiss coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said on Thursday the World Cup in Brazil would be poorer for their early departure.

“It’s not good for the World Cup. It would be better if Spain stayed on,” he told reporters a day after a 2-0 loss to Chile in Rio de Janeiro condemned them to a humiliatingly early exit.

Jun 20, 2014

Lloris parries question as France move on from Knysna shame

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – France captain Hugo Lloris forcefully parried away any discussion about French football’s infamous strike on the eve of the anniversary of the Knysna bus revolt as his team prepared to take on Switzerland in the World Cup on Friday.

It was on June 20, 2010, at the last finals in South Africa, that the squad infamously refused to get off their bus and train in a strike action that was universally condemned and is now considered among the most shameful moments in French sporting history