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Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-Brazil bring relief, joy with Chile shootout win

SAO PAULO, June 28 (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 cancelled out David Luiz’s opener in the 32nd minute.

Jun 27, 2014

Ten-man Belgium win to send South Korea home

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Jan Vertonghen’s late goal saw 10-man Belgium beat South Korea 1-0 in their final Group H match on Thursday, despite having Steven Defour sent off just before halftime for a nasty two-footed challenge.

The win made it a maximum nine points for the Belgians, who meet the United States in the last 16 of the Brazil World Cup in Salvador on Tuesday.

Jun 26, 2014

Soccer-Ten-man Belgium beat South Korea, claim top spot

SAO PAULO, June 26 (Reuters) – Jan Vertonghen’s late goal saw 10-man Belgium beat South Korea 1-0 in their final Group H match on Thursday, despite having Steven Defour sent off just before halftime for a nasty two-footed challenge.

The win made it a maximum nine points for the Belgians, who meet the United States in the last 16 in Salvador on Tuesday.

Jun 26, 2014

Ten-man Belgium beat South Korea, claim top spot

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Jan Vertonghen’s late goal saw 10-man Belgium beat South Korea 1-0 in their final Group H match on Thursday, despite having Steven Defour sent off just before halftime for a nasty two-footed challenge.

The win made it a maximum nine points for the Belgians, who will meet the United States in the last 16 in Salvador on Tuesday while South Korea head for the exit.

Jun 25, 2014

Suarez bite mars Uruguay win, Greece break Ivorian hearts

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Uruguay forward Luis Suarez faces a lengthy ban after Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini accused him of biting during the South Americans’ 1-0 Group D victory on Tuesday, overshadowing a day of emotional extremes at the World Cup.

Tears of joy ran down the face of Colombia reserve keeper Faryd Mondragon when he became the oldest man to play at the finals at the age of 43, making a late appearance off the bench in a 4-1 win over Japan that secured top spot in Group C.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Suarez bite mars Uruguay win, Greece break Ivorian hearts

SAO PAULO, June 24 (Reuters) – Uruguay forward Luis Suarez faces a lengthy ban after Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini accused him of biting during the South Americans’ 1-0 Group D victory on Tuesday, overshadowing a day of emotional extremes at the World Cup.

Tears of joy ran down the face of Colombia reserve keeper Faryd Mondragon when he became the oldest man to play at the finals at the age of 43, making a late appearance off the bench in a 4-1 win over Japan that secured top spot in Group C.

Jun 24, 2014

Suarez ‘bite’ accusation overshadows World Cup

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Uruguay overcame 10-man Italy in their winner-takes-all World Cup Group D clash on Tuesday, but the game was overshadowed by what Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini said was a bite by striker Luis Suarez that went unnoticed by officials.

The Uruguay forward, who has twice been banned from club soccer for biting, could face a harsh penalty if found guilty by FIFA.

Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-Suarez “bite” accusation overshadows World Cup

SAO PAULO, June 24 (Reuters) – Uruguay overcame 10-man Italy in their winner-takes-all World Cup Group D clash on Tuesday, but the game was overshadowed by what Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini said was a bite by striker Luis Suarez that went unnoticed by officials.

The Uruguay forward, who has twice been banned from club soccer for biting, could face a harsh penalty if found guilty by FIFA.

Jun 24, 2014

Dutch youngsters point to bright ‘Oranje’ future

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – While the world delights at the pace of Arjen Robben and finishing of Robin van Persie, younger, less heralded Dutch players are emerging as a key part of the Netherlands’ superb start to the World Cup.

Nine points from nine in their Group B campaign, 10 goals scored and a meeting with Mexico in the last 16, the odds on the “Oranje” lifting the World Cup for the first time are narrowing by the day.

Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-Dutch youngsters point to bright ‘Oranje’ future

SAO PAULO, June 24 (Reuters) – While the world delights at the pace of Arjen Robben and finishing of Robin van Persie, younger, less heralded Dutch players are emerging as a key part of the Netherlands’ superb start to the World Cup.

Nine points from nine in their Group B campaign, 10 goals scored and a meeting with Mexico in the last 16, the odds on the “Oranje” lifting the World Cup for the first time are narrowing by the day.

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