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Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-Dashing Dutch masters destroy sorry Spain

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – Stunning goals from Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben fired the Netherlands to a 5-1 demolition of Spain who endured a miserable start to their World Cup defence in a pulsating Group B game on Friday.

In complete contrast to the tetchy World Cup final between the sides in 2010 which Spain won 1-0, the Dutch took sweet revenge with a vibrant display capped off by two goals each for Van Persie and Robben and one by defender Stefan de Vrij.

Jun 13, 2014

Superb Dutch destroy sorry Spain 5-1

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Stunning goals from Dutch captain Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben ensured an awful start to Spain’s World Cup defense as the Netherlands destroyed one of the tournament favorites 5-1 in Group B on Friday.

In complete contrast to the tetchy World Cup final between the sides in 2010 which Spain won 1-0, the Dutch took revenge with a pulsating display capped off by two goals each for Van Persie and Robben and one by Stefan de Vrij.

Jun 12, 2014

Spain stalwarts not finished yet, says Del Bosque

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Spain coach Vincente del Bosque fired an ominous warning on Thursday to any critics suggesting the dominance of his world and European champions could be about to end.

Spain arrived in Brazil with 16 players retained from the squad that triumphed in South Africa, the most returning to the next tournament of any world champions, with some suggesting the influence of thirty-something key men like Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Iker Casillas may be waning.

Jun 12, 2014

Soccer-Spain stalwarts not finished yet, says Del Bosque

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 12 (Reuters) – Spain coach Vincente del Bosque fired an ominous warning on Thursday to any critics suggesting the dominance of his world and European champions could be about to end.

Spain arrived in Brazil with 16 players retained from the squad that triumphed in South Africa, the most returning to the next tournament of any world champions, with some suggesting the influence of thirty-something key men like Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Iker Casillas may be waning.

Jun 12, 2014

Ain’t no mountain high enough for Brazil bound Dutchman

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – A World Cup adventure in the vast expanse of Brazil is a demanding task for any fan but one Dutchman arrives having already clocked up 21,000 kilometers in his truck ‘Nellie’ before a ball is kicked.

Ben Oude Kamphuis, 53, rolled across Brazil’s northern border in late May in his original 1955 Chevy, after a five month journey that began in San Francisco and incorporated desert, mountains and rainforest on his way through 12 countries to the World Cup hosts.

Jun 12, 2014

Soccer-Ain’t no mountain high enough for Brazil bound Dutchman

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 12 (Reuters) – A World Cup adventure in the vast expanse of Brazil is a demanding task for any fan but one Dutchman arrives having already clocked up 21,000 kilometres in his truck ‘Nellie’ before a ball is kicked.

Ben Oude Kamphuis, 53, rolled across Brazil’s northern border in late May in his original 1955 Chevy, after a five month journey that began in San Francisco and incorporated desert, mountains and rainforest on his way through 12 countries to the World Cup hosts.

Jun 11, 2014

Deja vu for Spain as World Cup defence begins

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Spain will be lifted by a reminder of the glory of four years ago as the defence of their World Cup crown begins against 2010 finalists the Netherlands in Salvador on Friday in a standout Group B opener.

Spain, also 2008 and 2012 European Championship winners, arrive in Brazil with 16 players retained from the squad that triumphed in South Africa, the most returned at the following World Cup by any world champion, with many still bearing the scars of a bruising encounter with the Dutch in 2010.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-Deja vu for Spain as World Cup defence begins

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 11 (Reuters) – Spain will be lifted by a reminder of the glory of four years ago as the defence of their World Cup crown begins against 2010 finalists the Netherlands in Salvador on Friday in a standout Group B opener.

Spain, also 2008 and 2012 European Championship winners, arrive in Brazil with 16 players retained from the squad that triumphed in South Africa, the most returned at the following World Cup by any world champion, with many still bearing the scars of a bruising encounter with the Dutch in 2010.

Jun 10, 2014

Germany, Portugal aim to keep lid on Ghana

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – World Cup quarter-finalists in South Africa four years ago, Ghana will again grab the headlines in Brazil if they can wrestle a Group G qualifying spot from European heavyweights Germany or Portugal.

Ghana, cruelly eliminated in 2010 by Uruguay in a shootout after Luis Suarez’s infamous goalline handball and a subsequent missed penalty, are the form side from Africa but it is hard to look beyond the star-studded squads of Germany and Portugal as the ones to progress.

Jun 10, 2014

Soccer-Germany, Portugal aim to keep lid on Ghana

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 10 (Reuters) – World Cup quarter-finalists in South Africa four years ago, Ghana will again grab the headlines in Brazil if they can wrestle a Group G qualifying spot from European heavyweights Germany or Portugal.

Ghana, cruelly eliminated in 2010 by Uruguay in a shootout after Luis Suarez’s infamous goalline handball and a subsequent missed penalty, are the form side from Africa but it is hard to look beyond the star-studded squads of Germany and Portugal as the ones to progress.

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