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Jun 30, 2014

Robben says getting punished for being too honest

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil (Reuters) – Netherlands winger Arjen Robben said he had been too honest for his own good regarding the controversial penalty he won in stoppage time on Sunday which gave the Dutch a dramatic late 2-1 win over Mexico in their last-16 match in Fortaleza.

Robben dived theatrically, and not for the first time in his career, after Mexico captain Rafael Marquez challenged him in the dying minutes of their match at the Castelao arena.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Robben says getting punished for being too honest

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, June 30 (Reuters) – Netherlands winger Arjen Robben said he had been too honest for his own good regarding the controversial penalty he won in stoppage time on Sunday which gave the Dutch a dramatic late 2-1 win over Mexico in their last-16 match in Fortaleza.

Robben dived theatrically, and not for the first time in his career, after Mexico captain Rafael Marquez challenged him in the dying minutes of their match at the Castelao arena.

Jun 29, 2014

Rodriguez steals limelight as Colombia reach last eight

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A sensational display from James Rodriguez fired Colombia into the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time on Saturday with the attacking midfielder scoring twice in a 2-0 victory over Uruguay including a contender for goal of the tournament.

Rodriguez became the World Cup’s top scorer with five goals and, based on comparative last-16 displays, a buoyant Colombia will fancy their chances against their next opponents Brazil who squeezed past Chile on penalties earlier in the day.

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-Brilliant Rodriguez leads Colombia into last eight

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 28 (Reuters) – James Rodriguez scored a contender for goal of the tournament and put the finishing touch to a sweet, flowing attacking raid as Colombia beat a toothless Uruguay 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time on Saturday.

Colombia will now play hosts Brazil in the last eight in Fortaleza on July 4 and on the comparative display of the two sides on Saturday when Brazil squeezed past Chile on penalties in their last-16 match, Colombia should fancy their chances.

Jun 28, 2014

Brilliant Rodriguez leads Colombia into last eight

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – James Rodriguez scored a contender for goal of the tournament and put the finishing touch to a sweet, flowing attacking raid as Colombia beat a toothless Uruguay 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time on Saturday.

Colombia will now play hosts Brazil in the last eight in Fortaleza on July 4 and on the comparative display of the two sides on Saturday when Brazil squeezed past Chile on penalties in their last-16 match, Colombia should fancy their chances.

Jun 28, 2014

UEFA plays down Blatter’s Euro 2016 technology remarks

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – UEFA is still considering using goal-line technology at Euro 2016 in France but its introduction is not the “done deal” FIFA president Sepp Blatter has claimed it was, according to a UEFA statement on Saturday.

Blatter, in a filmed interview for the official FIFA website (www.fifa.com) released on Friday, said UEFA president Michel Platini had told him goal-line technology (GLT) will be introduced for the European Championship.

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-UEFA plays down Blatter’s Euro 2016 technology remarks

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 28 (Reuters) – UEFA is still considering using goal-line technology at Euro 2016 in France but its introduction is not the “done deal” FIFA president Sepp Blatter has claimed it was, according to a UEFA statement on Saturday.

Blatter, in a filmed interview for the official FIFA website (www.fifa.com) released on Friday, said UEFA president Michel Platini had told him goal-line technology (GLT) will be introduced for the European Championship.

Jun 28, 2014

Goal-line technology to be used at Euro 2016 – Blatter

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini will introduce goal-line technology at the 2016 European Championship in France, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Friday.

Platini, the former France midfielder and national coach, has been a staunch opponent of the system in his seven years as UEFA chief.

Jun 27, 2014

FIFA defends Suarez biting ban that many call excessive

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – FIFA defended the harsh punishment it handed down to Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for biting an opponent during the World Cup, despite complaints on Friday from his coach, politicians and even the man he bit that the record penalty was excessive.

The 27-year-old striker was expelled from this year’s tournament in Brazil and banned from international soccer for nine competitive games – the longest ever suspension handed out at a World Cup.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-FIFA defends Suarez biting ban that many call excessive

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 27 (Reuters) – FIFA defended the harsh punishment it handed down to Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for biting an opponent during the World Cup, despite complaints on Friday from his coach, politicians and even the man he bit that the record penalty was excessive.

The 27-year-old striker was expelled from this year’s tournament in Brazil and banned from international soccer for nine competitive games – the longest ever suspension handed out at a World Cup.