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Jun 18, 2014

Spain’s reign ends as Chile prove too hot to handle

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Holders Spain were eliminated from the World Cup on Wednesday when their 2-0 Group B defeat by Chile brought an end to one of the greatest dynasties of the modern game.

On the day when Spain’s King Carlos also signed his abdication papers, Spain’s footballers left their throne as goals from Eduardo Vargas after 20 minutes and Charles Aranguiz two minutes before halftime earned Chile a stunning victory.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Spain’s reign ends as Chile prove too hot to handle

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 18 (Reuters) – Holders Spain were eliminated from the World Cup on Wednesday when their 2-0 Group B defeat by Chile brought an end to one of the greatest dynasties of the modern game.

On the day when Spain’s King Carlos also signed his abdication papers, Spain’s footballers left their throne as goals from Eduardo Vargas after 20 minutes and Charles Aranguiz two minutes before halftime earned Chile a stunning victory.

Jun 17, 2014

Chile match like another World Cup final, say Iniesta, Torres

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The World Cup final is still almost a month away but as far as Spain’s Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres are concerned, they are already facing a final on Wednesday when they play Chile in a make-or-break Group B match.

The world and European champions made the worst imaginable start to the defense of their global title when they were humbled 5-1 by the Netherlands in the opening match and both veterans of the 2010 success in South Africa know they face the point of no return.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Chile match like another World Cup final, say Iniesta, Torres

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 17 (Reuters) – The World Cup final is still almost a month away but as far as Spain’s Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres are concerned, they are already facing a final on Wednesday when they play Chile in a make-or-break Group B match.

The world and European champions made the worst imaginable start to the defence of their global title when they were humbled 5-1 by the Netherlands in the opening match and both veterans of the 2010 success in South Africa know they face the point of no return.

Jun 17, 2014

Empty seats due to no-shows not corporate absences, FIFA says

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The empty seats visible at some stadiums in the World Cup’s opening 14 matches are due to fans who have bought tickets but have not turned up for the games rather than corporate clients not using them, FIFA said on Tuesday.

FIFA’s official figures show that 701,710 of the 716,176 seats available in the opening games have been filled, meaning that 98 per cent of all seats have been used in the games so far.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Empty seats due to no-shows not corporate absences, FIFA says

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 17 (Reuters) – The empty seats visible at some stadiums in the World Cup’s opening 14 matches are due to fans who have bought tickets but have not turned up for the games rather than corporate clients not using them, FIFA said on Tuesday.

FIFA’s official figures show that 701,710 of the 716,176 seats available in the opening games have been filled, meaning that 98 per cent of all seats have been used in the games so far.

Jun 16, 2014

Messi strike lights up Maracana as Argentina sink Bosnia

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Lionel Messi finally made his mark on the World Cup and lit up the Maracana with his first goal in the finals for eight years as Argentina were forced to battle for a 2-1 win over debutantes Bosnia in their opening Group F match on Sunday.

Messi, four-times world player of the year and Argentina’s best footballer since Diego Maradona graced the 1986 tournament, put his side 2-0 ahead on a night when the stadium was turned into little Buenos Aires by tens of thousands of his countrymen.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Messi strike lights up Maracana as Argentina sink Bosnia

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 15 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi finally made his mark on the World Cup and lit up the Maracana with his first goal in the finals for eight years as Argentina were forced to battle for a 2-1 win over debutants Bosnia in their opening Group F match on Sunday.

Messi, four-times world player of the year and Argentina’s best footballer since Diego Maradona graced the 1986 tournament, put his side 2-0 ahead on a night when the stadium was turned into little Buenos Aires by tens of thousands of his countrymen.

Jun 15, 2014

FIFA not deliberately keeping Blatter out of sight: TV boss

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – FIFA’s TV producers are not deliberately keeping images of FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Brazil president Dilma Rousseff off screens, Niclas Ericson, the head of FIFA TV, said on Sunday.

The crowd at the Corinthians arena booed and jeered Rousseff when a shot of her cheering one of Brazil’s goals in their 3-1 win over Croatia was briefly shown on the big screen inside the stadium.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-FIFA not deliberately keeping Blatter out of sight – TV boss

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 15 (Reuters) – FIFA’s TV producers are not deliberately keeping images of FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Brazil president Dilma Rousseff off screens, Niclas Ericson, the head of FIFA TV, said on Sunday.

The crowd at the Corinthians arena booed and jeered Rousseff when a shot of her cheering one of Brazil’s goals in their 3-1 win over Croatia was briefly shown on the big screen inside the stadium.