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Jun 18, 2014

Capello hails Russia reaction as ‘greatest’ birthday gift

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Fabio Capello was so pleased that Russia battled back to secure a 1-1 draw against South Korea in their World Cup Group H opener on Tuesday that he even allowed for an uncharacteristic birthday celebration.

Capello turns 68 on Wednesday and had said in a gruff tone a mere 24 hours before the match that he expected no presents from anyone. But their second-half equalizer, six minutes after a goalkeeping blunder allowed South Korea to take the lead, softened up the Italian manager, a renowned disciplinarian.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Capello hails Russia reaction as ‘greatest’ birthday gift

CUIABA, Brazil, June 17 (Reuters) – Fabio Capello was so pleased that Russia battled back to secure a 1-1 draw against South Korea in their World Cup Group H opener on Tuesday that he even allowed for an uncharacteristic birthday celebration.

Capello turns 68 on Wednesday and had said in a gruff tone a mere 24 hours before the match that he expected no presents from anyone. But their second-half equaliser, six minutes after a goalkeeping blunder allowed South Korea to take the lead, softened up the Italian manager, a renowned disciplinarian.

Jun 17, 2014

South Korea find World Cup strength from warm-up rout

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – In the space of a week, South Korea have taken a stinging 4-0 loss to Ghana in Miami and turned it into a case study on what not to do in their opening World Cup Group H match against Russia on Tuesday.

It was a humbling World Cup warm-up for the team who made it to the semi-finals in 2002 when South Korea co-hosted the tournament. They have lost four of their last five games, conceded 11 goals and scored two.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer -South Korea find World Cup strength from warm-up rout

CUIABA, Brazil, June 16 (Reuters) – In the space of a week, South Korea have taken a stinging 4-0 loss to Ghana in Miami and turned it into a case study on what not to do in their opening World Cup Group H match against Russia on Tuesday.

It was a humbling World Cup warm-up for the team who made it to the semi-finals in 2002 when South Korea co-hosted the tournament. They have lost four of their last five games, conceded 11 goals and scored two.

Jun 15, 2014

World Cup gives dusty farm city its day in the sun

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – In Cuiaba, they like to say there are two seasons: winter and hell.

That’s not the kind of weather descriptor likely to draw hordes of visitors to this agricultural boom town, Brazil’s warmest state capital. The place endures temperatures in excess of 45 degrees C (113 F) in summer, also known as “hell.”

Jun 14, 2014

Brazil in World Cup swing as goals fly in, protests ease

SAO PAULO/CUIABA, June 13 (Reuters) – World Cup fever intensified across Brazil on Friday as violent protests subsided, fans streamed to a second day of riveting matches and a crushing defeat for defending champions Spain set the tournament alight.

Despite a last minute scramble to get some venues ready and heavy rains in northeastern cities that hosted two of the day’s three games, dramatic on-the-field action eclipsed most of the concerns outside stadiums.

Jun 14, 2014

Chile hold off battling Australia in 3-1 win

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Chile got the victory they needed if they are to have any chance of progressing from a daunting Group B when they held off a strong Australian fightback to emerge 3-1 winners in another open and entertaining World Cup clash on Friday.

Alexis Sanchez put Chile ahead from close range after 12 minutes and two minutes later Jorge Valdivia made it 2-0 with a well-struck shot as the South Americans looked in control.

Jun 14, 2014

Chile too hot for Aussies in Cuiaba

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Chile got the victory they needed if they are to have any chance of progressing from a daunting Group B when they held off a strong Australian fightback to emerge 3-1 winners in another open and entertaining World Cup clash on Friday.

Alexis Sanchez put Chile ahead from close range after 12 minutes and two minutes later Jorge Valdivia made it 2-0 with a well-struck shot as the South Americans looked in control.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Chile hold off battling Australia in 3-1 win

CUIABA, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – Chile got the victory they needed if they are to have any chance of progressing from a daunting Group B when they held off a strong Australian fightback to emerge 3-1 winners in another open and entertaining World Cup clash on Friday.

Alexis Sanchez put Chile ahead from close range after 12 minutes and two minutes later Jorge Valdivia made it 2-0 with a well-struck shot as the South Americans looked in control.

Jun 13, 2014

Brazil gets in World Cup swing as protests quieten down

SAO PAULO/CUIABA, June 13 (Reuters) – World Cup fever intensified across Brazil on Friday as violent protests subsided, fans streamed to a second day of matches and a crushing defeat for defending champions Spain set the tournament alight.

Despite a last minute scramble to get some venues ready and heavy rains in northeastern cities that hosted the day’s first two games, dramatic on-the-field action eclipsed most of the concerns outside stadiums.

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      "Mary Milliken is Entertainment and Lifestyle Editor for the Americas since July 2013, based in Los Angeles. In 15 years with Reuters, she been bureau chief in Washington DC, the West Coast and South America and has organized news teams covering everything from presidential elections to economic crises to natural disasters. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese."
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