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Jun 23, 2014

FIFA clear Mexico fans of anti-gay chants

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Mexican fans have been cleared of anti-gay chants in their opening World Cup match against Cameroon on June 13 and the Mexico FA will not be punished, FIFA said on Monday.

Mexico were reported for the slurs allegedly heard during their Group A clash in Natal.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-FIFA clears Mexico fans of anti-gay chants

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 23 (Reuters) – Mexican fans have been cleared of anti-gay chants in their opening match against Cameroon on June 13 and the Mexico FA will not be punished, FIFA said on Monday.

Mexico was reported for the slurs reportedly heard during their opening match against Cameroon in Natal on June 13.

Jun 23, 2014

No weak teams at this World Cup, say coaches

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – One trend has clearly emerged at this World Cup, no teams have turned up to be cannon fodder.

Naturally some teams are better than others, and they will emerge as the group stage draws to a close and the knockout phase begins.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-No weak teams at this World Cup, say coaches

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 20 (Reuters) – One trend has clearly emerged at this World Cup – no teams have turned up to be cannon fodder.

Naturally some teams are better than others, and they will emerge as the group stage draws to a close and the knockout phase begins.

Jun 22, 2014

Late Origi winner puts Belgium into last 16

By Mike Collett

RIO DE JANEIRO(Reuters) – Divock Origi sent Belgium into the last 16 of the World Cup when the teenager struck an 88th minute winner to secure a 1-0 victory against Russia in a largely lifeless Group H match at the Maracana on Sunday.

The striker rifled in following great work from Eden Hazard just minutes after Kevin Mirallas crashed a free kick against the base of the Russian post to give Belgium six points from two games.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Late Origi winner puts Belgium into last 16

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 22 (Reuters) – Divock Origi sent Belgium into the last 16 of the World Cup when the teenager struck an 88th minute winner to secure a 1-0 victory against Russia in a largely lifeless Group H match at the Maracana on Sunday.

He rifled in just minutes after Kevin Mirallas crashed a free kick against the base of the Russian post to give Belgium six points from two games.

Jun 22, 2014

England needs to get a little bit more nasty says Rooney

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – English soccer is “too honest” for its own good at times and might do better in future if it plays with a more “streetwise, nasty” attitude that other teams employ, according to striker Wayne Rooney.

England have already been eliminated from the tournament, their earliest exit in 56 years, having lost 2-1 to both Italy and Uruguay in their previous two Group D matches and return home after playing Costa Rica on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-England needs to get a little bit more nasty says Rooney

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 22 (Reuters) – English soccer is “too honest” for its own good at times and might do better in future if it plays with a more “streetwise, nasty” attitude that other teams employ, according to striker Wayne Rooney.

England have already been eliminated from the tournament, their earliest exit in 56 years, having lost 2-1 to both Italy and Uruguay in their previous two Group D matches and return home after playing Costa Rica on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte.

Jun 21, 2014

Young guns can lead England forward, Hodgson says

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – England’s failure to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup is a bitter pill to swallow but a young batch of talent in the squad will make for a brighter future, manager Roy Hodgson said on Saturday.

England lost their opening two games to Italy and Uruguay and their faint hopes of avoiding elimination at the group stage for the first time since 1958 ended when Costa Rica beat Italy on Friday in Group D.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Young guns can lead England forward, Hodgson says

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 21 (Reuters) – England’s failure to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup is a bitter pill to swallow but a young batch of talent in the squad will make for a brighter future, manager Roy Hodgson said on Saturday.

England lost their opening two games to Italy and Uruguay and their faint hopes of avoiding elimination at the group stage for the first time since 1958 ended when Costa Rica beat Italy on Friday in Group D.