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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.

Jun 29, 2014

Soccer-U.S. plans to attack unbeaten but underwhelming Belgium

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 29 (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.

Jun 28, 2014

FIFA swallows defeat to Salvador’s street sellers

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – There have been plenty of big victories at Salvador’s Fonte Nova arena in this World Cup but Rita Santos was celebrating one of her own long before the tournament had even kicked off.

Santos is President of the Baianas Association – or women from the state of Bahia – who sell a fried local delicacy named Acaraje on the streets of Salvador.

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-FIFA swallows defeat to Salvador’s street sellers

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 28 (Reuters) – There have been plenty of big victories at Salvador’s Fonte Nova arena in this World Cup but Rita Santos was celebrating one of her own long before the tournament had even kicked off.

Santos is President of the Baianas Association – or women from the state of Bahia – who sell a fried local delicacy named Acaraje on the streets of Salvador.

Jun 27, 2014

Germany, U.S and Algeria advance, Suarez banned

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Germany, the United States and Algeria sealed last 16 World Cup places on Thursday but much of the spotlight was on the tournament’s bad boys as Uruguay’s Luis Suarez got a nine-match ban for biting and Ghana sent two players home in disgrace.

On the final day of group matches, Germany beat the U.S. 1-0, a result that put both teams through from Group G, while Algeria’s 1-1 draw with Russia saw them join already-qualified Belgium in the second round for the first time from Group H.

Jun 26, 2014

Germany, U.S. advance but bad boys hog headlines

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Germany and the U.S. sealed last 16 World Cup spots on Thursday but much of the limelight was on the tournament’s bad boys as Uruguay’s Luis Suarez received a nine match ban for biting and Ghana sent two players home in disgrace.

On the final day of group matches in Brazil, a Thomas Mueller goal gave Germany a 1-0 win over the United States, a result that allowed both teams to advance.

Jun 26, 2014

Soccer-Germany, U.S advance but bad boys hog headlines

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 26 (Reuters) – Germany and the U.S. sealed last 16 World Cup spots on Thursday but much of the limelight was on the tournament’s bad boys as Uruguay’s Luis Suarez received a nine match ban for biting and Ghana sent two players home in disgrace.

On the final day of group matches in Brazil, a Thomas Mueller goal gave Germany a 1-0 win over the United States, a result that allowed both teams to advance.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Bosnia’s first World Cup win ends Iran dreams

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 25 (Reuters) – Bosnia beat Iran 3-1 in their Group F finale on Wednesday to record their first World Cup win and deny the West Asians any chance of claiming a shock spot in the knockout stage.

Already eliminated after two losses, Bosnia, appearing at a major tournament for the first time as an independent nation, went ahead in the 23rd minute through striker Edin Dzeko and doubled their lead just before the hour through Miralem Pjanic.

Jun 25, 2014

Bosnia end Iran hopes, record first World Cup win

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Bosnia beat Iran 3-1 in their Group F finale on Wednesday to record their first World Cup win and deny the West Asians any chance of reaching the knockout stage.

Already eliminated after two losses, Bosnia, appearing at a major tournament for the first time as an independent nation, went ahead in the 23rd minute through Edin Dzeko.

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