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Jun 16, 2014

Mueller fires German rout of Portugal

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Thomas Mueller’s hat-trick inspired Germany to a 4-0 mauling of 10-man Portugal in their opening World Cup Group G match on Monday.

The Germans delivered a sizzling attacking display that underlined their tag as strong title contenders and the match, billed as a clash of European heavyweights, was over as a contest by halftime.

Jun 15, 2014

Ronaldo fit for Portugal’s Germany test

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – World Player of the Year, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, said he had nothing more to prove in his career as he declared himself fit for Monday’s World Cup Group G match against Germany.

Ronaldo’s fitness had been in doubt after struggling with tendinosis in his left knee, and despite training on Sunday with the injured area taped up, the goal machine said his niggles were all in the past.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Ronaldo fit for Portugal’s Germany test

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) – World Player of the Year, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, said he had nothing more to prove in his career as he declared himself fit for Monday’s World Cup Group G match against Germany.

Ronaldo’s fitness had been in doubt after struggling with tendinosis in his left knee, and despite training on Sunday with the injured area taped up, the goal machine said his niggles were all in the past.

Jun 15, 2014

Klose’s record ambitions not on German priority list

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose arrived in Brazil with the most World Cup goals record in his sights but any hopes he had of a helping hand from coach Joachim Loew to break it were dashed on Sunday.

Klose, Germany’s 36-year-old all-time top scorer, is one strike away from equaling a tournament record of 15 goals held by former Brazil striker Ronaldo, and few would bet against him surpassing it if he has the pitch time in Brazil.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Klose’s record ambitions not on German priority list

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) – Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose arrived in Brazil with the most World Cup goals record in his sights but any hopes he had of a helping hand from coach Joachim Loew to break it were dashed on Sunday.

Klose, Germany’s 36-year-old all-time top scorer, is one strike away from equalling a tournament record of 15 goals held by former Brazil striker Ronaldo, and few would bet against him surpassing it if he has the pitch time in Brazil.

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.

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