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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.

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.