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Jun 19, 2014

For Croatia’s Olic, special goal was all about number 18

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Evergreen Croatia striker Ivica Olic knew it was going to be his day even before Wednesday’s 4-0 thrashing of Cameroon.

The 34-year-old, who became his country’s oldest scorer at a World Cup when he got the first goal in the Group A game in Manaus, was confident that the result, and his own role in it, would come down to the number 18.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-For Croatia’s Olic, special goal was all about number 18

SAO PAULO, June 19 (Reuters) – Evergreen Croatia striker Ivica Olic knew it was going to be his day even before Wednesday’s 4-0 thrashing of Cameroon.

The 34-year-old, who became his country’s oldest scorer at a World Cup when he got the first goal in the Group A game in Manaus, was confident that the result, and his own role in it, would come down to the number 18.

Jun 18, 2014

After early blunders, World Cup referees earn welcome anonymity

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Come-from-behind victories have been common at this year’s World Cup, so it seems apt that, after a decidedly shaky start to the tournament, referees have disappeared from the headlines and let the scintillating soccer do the talking.

Croatia coach Niko Kovac warned of a “circus” after Japanese official Yuichi Nishimura’s questionable penalty award in the opening match, which swung the game in host Brazil’s favor and threatened to eclipse Neymar’s brilliance on the pitch.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-After early blunders, World Cup referees earn welcome anonymity

SAO PAULO, June 18 (Reuters) – Come-from-behind victories have been common at this year’s World Cup, so it seems apt that, after a decidedly shaky start to the tournament, referees have disappeared from the headlines and let the scintillating soccer do the talking.

Croatia coach Niko Kovac warned of a “circus” after Japanese official Yuichi Nishimura’s questionable penalty award in the opening match, which swung the game in host Brazil’s favour and threatened to eclipse Neymar’s brilliance on the pitch.

Jun 18, 2014

Akinfeev admits ‘childish’ error, Russia team rally round

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev has called his basic error during the team’s 1-1 draw with South Korea in Cuiaba on Tuesday “childish”, but he can take comfort from team mates and the local media who have rallied around the 28-year-old.

“I want to apologize to everybody, it was a childish mistake on my part, a ridiculous goal,” he said on the Russian Football Union’s official website.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Akinfeev admits ‘childish’ error, Russia team rally round

SAO PAULO, June 18 (Reuters) – Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev has called his basic error during the team’s 1-1 draw with South Korea in Cuiaba on Tuesday “childish”, but he can take comfort from team mates and the local media who have rallied around the 28-year-old.

“I want to apologise to everybody, it was a childish mistake on my part, a ridiculous goal,” he said on the Russian Football Union’s official website.

Jun 16, 2014

No.10s Messi and Benzema share World Cup limelight

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Lionel Messi ended an eight-year wait for a World Cup goal on Sunday as Argentina edged past debutants Bosnia at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, while fellow No. 10, France’s Karim Benzema, put two past Honduras in a man-of-the-match display.

The goals continued to rattle in across Brazil. France cruised to a 3-0 victory in Porto Alegre, and in the other Group E match, Switzerland came from behind to beat Ecuador 2-1 with a dramatic, counter-attacking winner in injury time.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-No.10s Messi and Benzema share World Cup limelight

SAO PAULO, June 15 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi ended an eight-year wait for a World Cup goal on Sunday as Argentina edged past debutants Bosnia at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, while fellow No. 10, France’s Karim Benzema, put two past Honduras in a man-of-the-match display.

The goals continued to rattle in across Brazil. France cruised to a 3-0 victory in Porto Alegre, and in the other Group E match, Switzerland came from behind to beat Ecuador 2-1 with a dramatic, counter-attacking winner in injury time.

Jun 15, 2014

Wily Italy outfox England, Costa Rica stun Uruguay

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Italian experience overcame England’s youthful exuberance in an intriguing clash of styles at the World Cup on Saturday and in Group D’s other game unfancied Costa Rica beat twice champions Uruguay in the tournament’s biggest upset so far.

On a day packed with four fixtures across Brazil, England against Italy in the searing heat and humidity of Manaus had top billing, and it lived up to the hype in a thrilling contest in keeping with this tournament’s emphasis on attacking soccer.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Wily Italy outfox England, Costa Rica stun Uruguay

SAO PAULO, June 14 (Reuters) – Italian experience overcame England’s youthful exuberance in an intriguing clash of styles at the World Cup on Saturday and in Group D’s other game unfancied Costa Rica beat twice champions Uruguay in the tournament’s biggest upset so far.

On a day packed with four fixtures across Brazil, England against Italy in the searing heat and humidity of Manaus had top billing, and it lived up to the hype in a thrilling contest in keeping with this tournament’s emphasis on attacking football.

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