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Jun 14, 2014

Life without Suarez proves too tough for Uruguay

By Neil Maidment

(Reuters) – A shock 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica on Saturday showed the Luis Suarez-shaped hole in Uruguay’s forward line was just too big to fill, leaving fans praying for his speedy return before World Cup Group D opponents England and Italy come knocking.

Suarez, rampant in the English Premier League last season with 31 goals in 33 matches, has been battling to recover from keyhole surgery on his left knee three weeks ago but was not deemed fit enough by coach Oscar Tabarez to face Costa Rica, despite completing a training match without any problems.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Life without Suarez proves too tough for Uruguay

June 14 (Reuters) – A shock 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica on Saturday showed the Luis Suarez-shaped hole in Uruguay’s forward line was just too big to fill, leaving fans praying for his speedy return before World Cup Group D opponents England and Italy come knocking.

Suarez, rampant in the English Premier League last season with 31 goals in 33 matches, has been battling to recover from keyhole surgery on his left knee three weeks ago but was not deemed fit enough by coach Oscar Tabarez to face Costa Rica, despite completing a training match without any problems.

Jun 14, 2014

History on Germany’s side as Portugal await

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Germany’s World Cup campaign begins with a tough encounter against Portugal on Monday, though they arrive in Brazil with confidence having won their last three encounters, not to mention every opening match of the tournament since 1990.

A standout first round game, the Group G clash at Salvador’s Forte Nova arena will see Germany’s attractive mix of expert defence and sweeping attacks, led by the likes of Mesut Ozil and Thomas Mueller, come up against a Portugal side containing goal machine Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-History on Germany’s side as Portugal await

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 14 (Reuters) – Germany’s World Cup campaign begins with a tough encounter against Portugal on Monday, though they arrive in Brazil with confidence having won their last three encounters, not to mention every opening match of the tournament since 1990.

A standout first round game, the Group G clash at Salvador’s Forte Nova arena will see Germany’s attractive mix of expert defence and sweeping attacks, led by the likes of Mesut Ozil and Thomas Mueller, come up against a Portugal side containing goal machine Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jun 14, 2014

Ruthless Dutch rip shell-shocked Spain to shreds

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – A rampant Netherlands team inflicted a heaviest World Cup defeat on holders Spain in over 60 years with a dazzling 5-1 demolition on Friday that sent shockwaves through the tournament.

The Dutch were nothing but brutal in a tetchy 1-0 final defeat by the Spaniards four years ago, but they set out to disrupt the champions’ possession game and blew them away with two goals each from Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Ruthless Dutch rip shell-shocked Spain to shreds

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – A rampant Netherlands team inflicted a heaviest World Cup defeat on holders Spain in over 60 years with a dazzling 5-1 demolition on Friday that sent shockwaves through the tournament.

The Dutch were nothing but brutal in a tetchy 1-0 final defeat by the Spaniards four years ago, but they set out to disrupt the champions’ possession game and blew them away with two goals each from Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben.

Jun 13, 2014

Dashing Dutch masters destroy sorry Spain

SALVADOR Brazil (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

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.

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      "I'm a company news reporter covering the retail and leisure sectors. Based in London I write on everything from the big retailers to fashion chains, hotels, drinks firms, pubs and coffee shops. I've previously covered the outsourcing sector and before that worked on Reuters sport for three years. You can follow me on Twitter @ReutersMaidment"
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