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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.

Jun 21, 2014

Devastated Rooney and Hart apologize for England failure

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – England players Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart said on Saturday they were devastated by England’s early elimination from the World Cup and apologized to the country for their failure.

England exited the finals at the group stage for the first time since 1958 after losing to Italy and Uruguay, their fate sealed when Costa Rica beat the Italians on Friday to ensure Roy Hodgson’s side could not make the top two spots in Group D.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Devastated Rooney and Hart apologise for England failure

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 21 (Reuters) – England players Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart said on Saturday they were devastated by England’s early elimination from the World Cup and apologised to the country for their failure.

England exited the finals at the group stage for the first time since 1958 after losing to Italy and Uruguay, their fate sealed when Costa Rica beat the Italians on Friday to ensure Roy Hodgson’s side could not make the top two spots in Group D.

Jun 20, 2014

England will make history if they qualify

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – England will make World Cup history if they qualify from the group stage after losing their first two matches.

No team has ever made it out of the first stage after two opening defeats since the model of four-team first round groups playing three matches each was introduced in Sweden in 1958.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-England will make history if they qualify

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 20 (Reuters) – England will make World Cup history if they qualify from the group stage after losing their first two matches.

No team has ever made it out of the first stage after two opening defeats since the model of four-team first round groups playing three matches each was introduced in Sweden in 1958.

Jun 19, 2014

FIFA embarrassed after Chile fans storm media center

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – FIFA admitted to being “embarrassed” after Chilean fans stormed the Maracana media center before Wednesday’s World Cup match against Spain, but local security forces refused to take responsibility on Thursday.

Ralf Mutschke, FIFA’s director of security, told reporters that 87 Chilean fans were arrested after the incident and had to leave the country within 72 hours or be deported.