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Jul 3, 2014

One dead as overpass collapses, Brazil braced for quarters

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – At least one person died on Thursday when an unfinished overpass collapsed in World Cup host city Belo Horizonte, overshadowing the buildup to the first quarter-finals in which France face Germany and Brazil take on Colombia.

Nineteen people were also injured in the accident about two miles (3 km) from the Mineirao Stadium where World Cup games are being played and a semi-final is due to be held on Tuesday.

Jul 3, 2014

Soccer-One dead as overpass collapses, Brazil braced for quarters

SAO PAULO, July 3 (Reuters) – At least one person died on Thursday when an unfinished overpass collapsed in World Cup host city Belo Horizonte, overshadowing the buildup to the first quarter-finals in which France face Germany and Brazil take on Colombia.

Nineteen people were also injured in the accident about two miles (3 km) from the Mineirao Stadium where World Cup games are being played and a semi-final is due to be held on Tuesday.

Jul 1, 2014

Pride helps Switzerland coach cope with loss, brother’s death

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – For Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, the last-ditch loss to Argentina a day after his elder brother died was hard to bear, but he took solace in the pride he felt in his team after they had come so close to shutting out the overwhelming favorites.

Angel Di Maria swept home the only goal of the World Cup last-16 game in Sao Paulo two minutes from the end of extra time before Switzerland’s Blerim Dzemaili hit the post in the final seconds.

Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-Pride helps Switzerland coach cope with loss, brother’s death

SAO PAULO, July 1 (Reuters) – For Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, the last-ditch loss to Argentina a day after his elder brother died was hard to bear, but he took solace in the pride he felt in his team after they had come so close to shutting out the overwhelming favourites.

Angel Di Maria swept home the only goal of the World Cup last-16 game in Sao Paulo two minutes from the end of extra time before Switzerland’s Blerim Dzemaili hit the post in the final seconds.

Jun 30, 2014

Retiring Switzerland coach not ready to quietly slip away

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is confident that Tuesday’s round of 16 match against Argentina will not be his last in charge of the national team.

Since the 65-year-old German has already announced he will step down at the end of this World Cup, that can only mean one thing.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Retiring Switzerland coach not ready to quietly slip away

SAO PAULO, June 30 (Reuters) – Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is confident that Tuesday’s round of 16 match against Argentina will not be his last in charge of the national team.

Since the 65-year-old German has already announced he will step down at the end of this World Cup, that can only mean one thing.

Jun 29, 2014

Swiss banking on ‘Alpine Messi’ to upset Argentina

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Switzerland’s ‘Alpine Messi’ Xherdan Shaqiri, hot from a hat-trick against Honduras in his last game, meets the real Messi on Tuesday as the Europeans seek a major World Cup upset when they face Argentina in the last 16.

Shaqiri is the same height as Lionel Messi and has a similarly low center of gravity and, while he has some way to go to match the feats of the prolific Argentina forward, the 22-year-old gives Switzerland a genuine threat up front.

Jun 29, 2014

Soccer-Swiss banking on ‘Alpine Messi’ to upset Argentina

SAO PAULO, June 29 (Reuters) – Switzerland’s ‘Alpine Messi’ Xherdan Shaqiri, hot from a hat-trick against Honduras in his last game, meets the real Messi on Tuesday as the Europeans seek a major World Cup upset when they face Argentina in the last 16.

Shaqiri is the same height as Lionel Messi and has a similarly low centre of gravity and, while he has some way to go to match the feats of the prolific Argentina forward, the 22-year-old gives Switzerland a genuine threat up front.

Jun 29, 2014

Brazil edge Chile, Rodriguez rocket launches Colombia

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilians rejoiced on Saturday when their nervy team edged past Chile to book a place in the World Cup quarter-finals in a nail-biting penalty shootout, while in the other last 16 game, James Rodriguez scored a stunning volley as Colombia downed Uruguay.

It will be Colombia’s first appearance in the last eight, and two goals from Rodriguez, including a spectacular left foot strike from 20 metres, put him ahead of Lionel Messi, Thomas Mueller and Neymar as the tournament’s top scorer with five.

Jun 28, 2014

Brazil bring relief, joy with Chile shootout win

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilians rejoiced on Saturday when their nervy team edged past Chile to book a place in the World Cup quarter-finals in a nail-biting penalty shootout after the game finished 1-1 following extra time.

The reaction was more relief than jubilation, after a pulsating match in which both sides attacked at pace but failed to convert their chances once Chile striker Alexis Sanchez had canceled out David Luiz’s opener in the 32nd minute.

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