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Jun 29, 2014

Undefeated Courtois an imposing threat to U.S hopes

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – It will not only be Thibaut Courtois’ considerable frame that the United States must get past if they are beat Belgium at the World Cup but also an impressive record for his country.

The 1.98 meter goalkeeper has not been on the losing side for Belgium in his 20 international appearances to date, a record he told reporters he had no intention of giving up when the two countries meet in the last 16 in Salvador on Tuesday.

Jun 29, 2014

Soccer-Undefeated Courtois an imposing threat to U.S hopes

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 29 (Reuters) – It will not only be Thibaut Courtois’ considerable frame that the United States must get past if they are beat Belgium at the World Cup but also an impressive record for his country.

The 1.98 metre goalkeeper has not been on the losing side for Belgium in his 20 international appearances to date, a record he told reporters he had no intention of giving up when the two countries meet in the last 16 in Salvador on Tuesday.

Jun 28, 2014

Belgium seek quick recovery of injured defenders

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Belgium are hoping for a quick recovery over the weekend from first choice defenders Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen as they remain doubtful for their World Cup match against the United States on Tuesday.

Anthony Vanden Borre was ruled out of the tournament on Friday after a scan revealed a crack in his fibula (calf bone) and back-up defender Laurent Ciman and midfielder Mousa Dembele also missed training on Saturday as the team prepared for their last 16 match in Salvador.

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-Belgium seek quick recovery of injured defenders

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 28 (Reuters) – Belgium are hoping for a quick recovery over the weekend from first choice defenders Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen as they remain doubtful for their World Cup match against the United States on Tuesday.

Anthony Vanden Borre was ruled out of the tournament on Friday after a scan revealed a crack in his fibula (calf bone) and back-up defender Laurent Ciman and midfielder Mousa Dembele also missed training on Saturday as the team prepared for their last 16 match in Salvador.

Jun 28, 2014

Cameroon, Ghana order enquiries into World Cup debacles

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – The presidents of Cameroon and Ghana have ordered official enquiries into the strife-riven performances of their respective teams at the World Cup where their campaigns were overshadowed by controversy over money and discipline.

Cameroon’s Paul Biya has asked his government to submit a report within one month into “the causes of the inglorious campaign of our Indomitable Lions at the 2014 World Cup football”.

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-Cameroon, Ghana order enquiries into World Cup debacles

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 28 (Reuters) – The presidents of Cameroon and Ghana have ordered official enquiries into the strife-riven performances of their respective teams at the World Cup where their campaigns were overshadowed by controversy over money and discipline.

Cameroon’s Paul Biya has asked his government to submit a report within one month into “the causes of the inglorious campaign of our Indomitable Lions at the 2014 World Cup football”.

Jun 27, 2014

Algeria improvement reflected by progress in Brazil

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Algeria delivered on a growing reputation and marked themselves out as a potential African football force for the forseeable future in reaching the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil.

A battling display, backed up by good technical qualities and impressive fitness, saw the north Africans rally from a goal down to hold Russia 1-1 in Curitiba on Thursday and finish second in Group H behind Belgium.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-Algeria improvement reflected by progress in Brazil

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 27 (Reuters) – Algeria delivered on a growing reputation and marked themselves out as a potential African football force for the forseeable future in reaching the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil.

A battling display, backed up by good technical qualities and impressive fitness, saw the north Africans rally from a goal down to hold Russia 1-1 in Curitiba on Thursday and finish second in Group H behind Belgium.

Jun 26, 2014

Ghana’s tumultuous week ends in inevitable exit

SALVADOR Brazil (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

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.