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Jul 9, 2014

Argentina defense seek solution to Robben riddle

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Just as Argentina have Lionel Messi, the Netherlands have Arjen Robben, and the South Americans are working hard to solve the riddle of how to stop the flying winger ahead of their World Cup semi-final.

Robben has scored three times in the tournament so far, but it is also his ability to run at defenders, draw fouls in dangerous areas and deliver crosses for team mates that has made him one of the players to watch in Brazil.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Argentina defence seek solution to Robben riddle

SAO PAULO, July 8 (Reuters) – Just as Argentina have Lionel Messi, the Netherlands have Arjen Robben, and the South Americans are working hard to solve the riddle of how to stop the flying winger ahead of their World Cup semi-final.

Robben has scored three times in the tournament so far, but it is also his ability to run at defenders, draw fouls in dangerous areas and deliver crosses for team mates that has made him one of the players to watch in Brazil.

Jul 8, 2014

Let Dutch children watch semi-final, however late, says coach

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Dutch coach Louis van Gaal on Tuesday urged parents in the Netherlands to let their children stay up and watch the semi-final against Argentina, however late the finish.

Wednesday’s game kicks off in Sao Paulo at 5 p.m. local time (2000 GMT), which is 10 p.m. in the Netherlands.

Jul 8, 2014

Soccer-Let Dutch children watch semi-final, however late, says coach

SAO PAULO, July 8 (Reuters) – Dutch coach Louis van Gaal on Tuesday urged parents in the Netherlands to let their children stay up and watch the semi-final against Argentina, however late the finish.

Wednesday’s game kicks off in Sao Paulo at 5 p.m. local time (2000 GMT), which is 10 p.m. in the Netherlands.

Jul 8, 2014

Argentina game 50-50, luck to play a part, says Van Gaal

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – For Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, Wednesday’s semi-final with Argentina is too close to call and Lady Luck will likely play her part.

The Netherlands, one win away from their second successive World Cup final, take on the South Americans in Sao Paulo in the second semi-final after hosts Brazil meet Germany in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

Jul 8, 2014

Soccer-Argentina game 50-50, luck to play a part, says Van Gaal

SAO PAULO, July 8 (Reuters) – For Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, Wednesday’s semi-final with Argentina is too close to call and Lady Luck will likely play her part.

The Netherlands, one win away from their second successive World Cup final, take on the South Americans in Sao Paulo in the second semi-final after hosts Brazil meet Germany in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

Jul 7, 2014

Brazil without captain as nation awaits Germany clash

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil will be without captain Thiago Silva for their World Cup semi-final against Germany after FIFA on Monday rejected an appeal against his yellow card, denting home hopes of lifting the trophy for the sixth time.

The hosts were already missing their most talented player, injured striker Neymar, but coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said his side had absorbed the disappointment of his absence and were looking forward to Tuesday’s match in Belo Horizonte.

Jul 7, 2014

Soccer-Brazil without captain as nation awaits Germany clash

SAO PAULO, July 7 (Reuters) – Brazil will be without captain Thiago Silva for their World Cup semi-final against Germany after FIFA on Monday rejected an appeal against his yellow card, denting home hopes of lifting the trophy for the sixth time.

The hosts were already missing their most talented player, injured striker Neymar, but coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said his side had absorbed the disappointment of his absence and were looking forward to Tuesday’s match in Belo Horizonte.

Jul 5, 2014

Neutrals mourn as carefree Colombia bow out to Brazil

By Mike Collett-White

(Reuters) – Home fans may be in raptures but the neutrals are in mourning after Colombia, whose stunning soccer and winning smiles lit up the World Cup during their best ever run, were thwarted 2-1 by host nation Brazil in Friday’s quarter-final.

A close range finish by Brazil captain Thiago Silva early on and a second-half thunderbolt from David Luiz put the home side 2-0 ahead, and playmaker James Rodriguez’s 80th minute penalty in reply was not enough to salvage the game.

Jul 4, 2014

Soccer-Neutrals mourn as carefree Colombia bow out to Brazil

July 4 (Reuters) – Home fans may be in raptures but the neutrals are in mourning after Colombia, whose stunning soccer and winning smiles lit up the World Cup during their best ever run, were thwarted 2-1 by host nation Brazil in Friday’s quarter-final.

A close range finish by Brazil captain Thiago Silva early on and a second-half thunderbolt from David Luiz put the home side 2-0 ahead, and playmaker James Rodriguez’s 80th minute penalty in reply was not enough to salvage the game.

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