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Jun 25, 2014

Stalemate raises new doubts about French strength in depth

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps gave players who missed their opening two games the chance to shine on Wednesday but they failed to do that in a 0-0 draw against 10-man Ecuador who went out of the World Cup.

France held all the aces, especially after Ecuador captain Antonio Valencia was harshly sent off early in the second half for a clumsy but not malicious marginally studs-up tackle on Lucas Digne.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Stalemate raises new doubts about French strength in depth

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 25 (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps gave players who missed their opening two games the chance to shine on Wednesday but they failed to do that in a 0-0 draw against 10-man Ecuador who went out of the World Cup.

France held all the aces, especially after Ecuador captain Antonio Valencia was harshly sent off early in the second half for a clumsy but not malicious marginally studs-up tackle on Lucas Digne.

Jun 25, 2014

Suarez and Uruguay sweat ahead of FIFA ruling on bite

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Luis Suarez and his Uruguay team mates faced an anxious wait on Wednesday as soccer’s governing body FIFA decided whether to expel him from the World Cup for biting an opponent in a match against Italy.

The incident in Uruguay’s 1-0 victory over the Europeans in Natal on Tuesday has brought the ugly side of the game to the fore, marring a tournament that has been widely praised for its attacking football and major upsets.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Suarez and Uruguay sweat ahead of FIFA ruling on bite

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 25 (Reuters) – Luis Suarez and his Uruguay team mates faced an anxious wait on Wednesday as soccer’s governing body FIFA decided whether to expel him from the World Cup for biting an opponent in a match against Italy.

The incident in Uruguay’s 1-0 victory over the Europeans in Natal on Tuesday has brought the ugly side of the game to the fore, marring a tournament that has been widely praised for its attacking football and major upsets.

Jun 25, 2014

Kuipers summons ghost of Thomas, without same dire result

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Dutch official Bjorn Kuipers summoned up the refereeing ghost of Welshman Clive Thomas when he blew his whistle for time just seconds before Karim Benzema smashed the ball home for what looked like another French goal against Switzerland on Friday.

Thomas, now 78 and long retired after a controversial career in the 1960s and 1970s, is best remembered for blowing the final whistle during a World Cup match between Sweden and Brazil in Mar del Plata, Argentina in 1978 while the ball was in flight from a corner.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Kuipers summons ghost of Thomas, without same dire result

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 25 (Reuters) – Dutch official Bjorn Kuipers summoned up the refereeing ghost of Welshman Clive Thomas when he blew his whistle for time just seconds before Karim Benzema smashed the ball home for what looked like another French goal against Switzerland on Friday.

Thomas, now 78 and long retired after a controversial career in the 1960s and 1970s, is best remembered for blowing the final whistle during a World Cup match between Sweden and Brazil in Mar del Plata, Argentina in 1978 while the ball was in flight from a corner.

Jun 24, 2014

No defense as England slit their own throats

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – England’s World Cup campaign appeared cursed from the moment English FA chairman Greg Dyke made his infamous throat-slitting gesture when they were drawn against Costa Rica, Italy and Uruguay last December.

Perhaps England’s players took his message a little too literally because they slit their own throats on the field with inept defending that led to the narrow defeats against Italy and Uruguay which buried them.

Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-No defence as England slit their own throats

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 24 (Reuters) – England’s World Cup campaign appeared cursed from the moment English FA chairman Greg Dyke made his infamous throat-slitting gesture when they were drawn against Costa Rica, Italy and Uruguay last December.

Perhaps England’s players took his message a little too literally because they slit their own throats on the field with inept defending that led to the narrow defeats against Italy and Uruguay which buried them.

Jun 24, 2014

FIFA red-faced after suggesting legal Brazil goal was offside

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – FIFA TV, which provides live World Cup images for the global television audience, displayed the wrong graphic which indicated Brazil’s third goal in their 4-1 win over Cameroon was offside, it said on Tuesday.

Striker Fred headed home after 49 minutes but millions of viewers thought the assistant referee had made the wrong call because during the replay FIFA TV showed the offside line from the position of a Cameroon player and not the Brazil striker.

Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-FIFA red-faced after suggesting legal Brazil goal was offside

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 24 (Reuters) – FIFA TV, which provides live World Cup images for the global television audience, displayed the wrong graphic which indicated Brazil’s third goal in their 4-1 win over Cameroon was offside, it said on Tuesday.

Striker Fred headed home after 49 minutes but millions of viewers thought the assistant referee had made the wrong call because during the replay FIFA TV showed the offside line from the position of a Cameroon player and not the Brazil striker.