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May 31, 2014

Soccer-Montolivo injury overshadows Italy warm-up with Ireland

LONDON, May 31 (Reuters) – Italy’s World Cup plans were hit on Saturday when accomplished midfielder Riccardo Montolivo broke his leg during their penultimate warm-up game against Ireland at Craven Cottage which ended in a 0-0 draw.

The incident, following an accidental collision with Ireland defender Alex Pearce, overshadowed the rest of the match, which was a lively attacking affair, and left the Italy squad stunned by what had happened to their team mate.

May 31, 2014

Soccer-Italy’s Montolivo out of World Cup with broken leg

LONDON, May 31 (Reuters) – Italy suffered a serious blow ahead of next month’s World Cup when midfielder Riccardo Montolivo broke his leg during a warm-up game against Ireland at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

“It’s what we feared, a fractured tibia. It will probably need some months, Riccardo is out of the World Cup. He didn’t deserve this,” team doctor Enrico Castellacci told Rai TV.

May 30, 2014

England enjoy win over Peru in last home warm-up

LONDON (Reuters) – England overcame some stubborn resistance from a well-organized defensive Peru side before sealing a comfortable 3-0 win in their last home World Cup warm-up match at Wembley on Friday.

England head off to their final training camp in Miami boosted by an excellent opener from Daniel Sturridge after 32 minutes which lit up a lifeless first half.

May 30, 2014

Soccer-England enjoy win over Peru in last home warm-up

LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – England overcame some stubborn resistance from a well-organised defensive Peru side before sealing a comfortable 3-0 win in their last home World Cup warm-up match at Wembley on Friday.

England head off to their final training camp in Miami boosted by an excellent opener from Daniel Sturridge after 32 minutes which lit up a lifeless first half.

May 30, 2014

England ease to 3-0 win over Peru in last home warm-up

LONDON (Reuters) – England won their last home warm-up match before leaving for the World Cup finals when they beat Peru with a comfortable 3-0 scoreline in a friendly at Wembley Stadium on Friday.

An excellent opener by Daniel Sturridge after 32 minutes lit up a lifeless first half before goals from set-pieces by central defenders Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka after the break sealed victory in the first match between the countries for 52 years.

May 30, 2014

Soccer-England ease to 3-0 win over Peru in last home warm-up

LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – England won their last home warm-up match before leaving for the World Cup finals when they beat Peru with a comfortable 3-0 scoreline in a friendly at Wembley Stadium on Friday.

An excellent opener by Daniel Sturridge after 32 minutes lit up a lifeless first half before goals from set-pieces by central defenders Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka after the break sealed victory in the first match between the countries for 52 years.

May 28, 2014

Experimental Nigeria begin build-up with Scotland draw

LONDON (Reuters) – An experimental Nigeria side featuring mainly fringe players and hopefuls began their World Cup warm-ups with a 2-2 draw with Scotland on Wednesday in a hugely entertaining game at Craven Cottage.

Although the African champions only rescued a draw with a 90th minute strike from substitute Uche Nwofor, they deserved it as they showed plenty of ambition, drive and attacking flair to encourage coach Stephen Keshi. His side face Iran, Bosnia and Argentina in World Cup Group F next month.

May 28, 2014

Soccer-Experimental Nigeria begin build-up with Scotland draw

LONDON, May 28 (Reuters) – An experimental Nigeria side featuring mainly fringe players and hopefuls began their World Cup warm-ups with a 2-2 draw with Scotland on Wednesday in a hugely entertaining game at Craven Cottage.

Although the African champions only rescued a draw with a 90th minute strike from substitute Uche Nwofor, they deserved it as they showed plenty of ambition, drive and attacking flair to encourage coach Stephen Keshi. His side face Iran, Bosnia and Argentina in World Cup Group F next month.

May 28, 2014

Experimental Nigeria begin build-up with draw against Scotland

LONDON (Reuters) – An experimental Nigeria side featuring mainly fringe players and hopefuls began their World Cup warm-ups with a 2-2 draw with Scotland on Wednesday in a hugely entertaining game at Craven Cottage.

Although the African champions only rescued a draw with a 90th minute strike from substitute Uche Nwofor, they deserved it as they showed plenty of ambition, drive and attacking flair to encourage coach Stephen Keshi. His side face Iran, Bosnia and Argentina in World Cup Group F next month.

May 28, 2014

Soccer-Experimental Nigeria begin build-up with draw against Scotland

LONDON, May 28 (Reuters) – An experimental Nigeria side featuring mainly fringe players and hopefuls began their World Cup warm-ups with a 2-2 draw with Scotland on Wednesday in a hugely entertaining game at Craven Cottage.

Although the African champions only rescued a draw with a 90th minute strike from substitute Uche Nwofor, they deserved it as they showed plenty of ambition, drive and attacking flair to encourage coach Stephen Keshi. His side face Iran, Bosnia and Argentina in World Cup Group F next month.