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Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-Colombian kid Rodriguez the main man in Brazil

SALVADOR, Brazil, July 2 (Reuters) – Racing towards the camera after scoring direct from a corner at Colombia’s top youth tournament in 2004, excited scouts could see James Rodriguez was a kid at ease in the limelight.

A good job too, as a decade on at the World Cup the attacking midfielder’s stunning strikes and terrific displays have made him among the hottest footballing properties on the planet.

Jul 2, 2014

Belgium break Howard to sink U.S. in extra time

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Much-fancied Belgium needed extra time to crack heroic United States goalkeeper Tim Howard in a thrilling 2-1 extra-time victory on Tuesday that set up a World Cup quarter-final clash with Argentina.

The Belgians had dominated the first 90 minutes but a barrage of efforts were thwarted by an inspired Howard, whose resistance was finally broken in the 93rd minute when midfielder Kevin De Bruyne buried an angled shot from seven meters.

Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-Belgium break Howard to sink U.S. in extra time

SALVADOR, Brazil, July 1 (Reuters) – Much-fancied Belgium needed extra time to crack heroic United States goalkeeper Tim Howard in a thrilling 2-1 extra-time victory on Tuesday that set up a World Cup quarter-final clash with Argentina.

The Belgians had dominated the first 90 minutes but a barrage of efforts were thwarted by an inspired Howard, whose resistance was finally broken in the 93rd minute when midfielder Kevin De Bruyne buried an angled shot from seven metres.

Jul 1, 2014

Belgium strike in extra time to sink U.S.

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Extra-time goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku sealed a thrilling 2-1 victory for Belgium over a spirited United States on Tuesday and set up a World Cup quarter-final clash with Argentina.

After dominating the game and being frustrated by an inspired Tim Howard in the U.S. goal, De Bruyne struck in the 93rd minute, collecting a loose ball before turning and firing home an angled shot from seven meters.

Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-Belgium strike in extra time to sink U.S.

SALVADOR, Brazil, July 1 (Reuters) – Extra-time goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku sealed a thrilling 2-1 victory for Belgium over a spirited United States on Tuesday and set up a World Cup quarter-final clash with Argentina.

After dominating the game and being frustrated by an inspired Tim Howard in the U.S. goal, De Bruyne struck in the 93rd minute, collecting a loose ball before turning and firing home an angled shot from seven metres.

Jun 30, 2014

Klinsmann tells U.S. to forget the future and win now

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – The future of soccer in the United States has never seemed brighter.

Like the rest of the planet, the land of the free has been swept up in the excitement of the World Cup, with millions of people glued to their television sets watching the events unfold in Brazil.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Klinsmann tells U.S. to forget the future and win now

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 30 (Reuters) – The future of soccer in the United States has never seemed brighter.

Like the rest of the planet, the land of the free has been swept up in the excitement of the World Cup, with millions of people glued to their television sets watching the events unfold in Brazil.

Jun 30, 2014

Klinsmann criticizes referee choice for Belgium clash

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has criticized FIFA for appointing an Algerian referee to officiate his side’s World Cup second-round match against Belgium on Tuesday.

The U.S. scored a late winner against Algeria in the World Cup four years ago that put them top of their group ahead of England and Klinsmann said the appointment of Algeria’s Djamel Haimoudi for the Fonte Nova arena match made him uncomfortable.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Klinsmann criticises referee choice for Belgium clash

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 30 (Reuters) – United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has criticised FIFA for appointing an Algerian referee to officiate his side’s World Cup second-round match against Belgium on Tuesday.

The U.S. scored a late winner against Algeria in the World Cup four years ago that put them top of their group ahead of England and Klinsmann said the appointment of Algeria’s Djamel Haimoudi for the Fonte Nova arena match made him uncomfortable.

Jun 29, 2014

U.S. plans to attack unbeaten but underwhelming Belgium

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – The United States’ declaration of their attacking intentions may awaken the more thrill-seeking instincts of unbeaten but so far underwhelming Belgium as they prepare for “war” in Tuesday’s last-16 World Cup clash.

The Belgians came through the group stage with three wins from three against Algeria, Russia and South Korea but failed to hit the heights expected of their exciting, star-studded squad with somewhat lukewarm performances and late shows.

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