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Jun 20, 2014

Ten-man Greece hold firm to frustrate Japan

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – A desperate rearguard action from 10-man Greece held Japan to a 0-0 draw that suited neither side in a match which ended with boos ringing around the Dunas arena and sent Colombia into the last 16 of the World Cup on Thursday.

Both sides were looking to get their campaigns back on track after losing their opening encounters and Greece will be the happier after playing for 52 minutes without skipper Kostas Katsouranis, who was sent off for two yellow card offences.

Jun 20, 2014

Ten-man Greece hold Japan to 0-0 draw in Natal

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Ten-man Greece held Japan to a 0-0 draw that will suit neither side in a Group C match which ended with boos ringing around the Dunas arena and sent Colombia into the last 16 of the World Cup on Thursday.

Both sides were looking to get their campaigns back on track after losing their opening encounters but Greece will be the happier after playing for 52 minutes without skipper Kostas Katsouranis, who was sent off for two yellow card offences.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Ten-man Greece hold Japan to 0-0 draw in Natal

NATAL, Brazil, June 19 (Reuters) – Ten-man Greece held Japan to a 0-0 draw that will suit neither side in a Group C match which ended with boos ringing around the Dunas arena and sent Colombia into the last 16 of the World Cup on Thursday.

Both sides were looking to get their campaigns back on track after losing their opening encounters but Greece will be the happier after playing for 52 minutes without skipper Kostas Katsouranis, who was sent off for two yellow card offences.

Jun 19, 2014

Australia make final leap into the future without Cahill

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Having proved they have not missed the majority of their ‘golden generation’ in two spirited performances in Brazil, Australia will have to take the final leap into the future without talisman Tim Cahill in their last World Cup match.

Battling defeats to Chile and the Netherlands mean the Socceroos will definitely be returning home after their Group B clash with vanquished world champions Spain in Curitiba next Monday, but they will do so with heads held high.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-Australia make final leap into the future without Cahill

NATAL, Brazil, June 19 (Reuters) – Having proved they have not missed the majority of their ‘golden generation’ in two spirited performances in Brazil, Australia will have to take the final leap into the future without talisman Tim Cahill in their last World Cup match.

Battling defeats to Chile and the Netherlands mean the Socceroos will definitely be returning home after their Group B clash with vanquished world champions Spain in Curitiba next Monday, but they will do so with heads held high.

Jun 19, 2014

Greeks play down training ground bust-up ahead of Japan clash

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Greece played down a training ground bust-up between two players on Wednesday, saying they were “200 percent” focused on getting their World Cup campaign back on track with victory over Japan.

Defenders Yannis Maniatis and Giorgos Tzavellas had to be separated by captain Giorgos Karagounis on Tuesday after clashing as the Greeks prepared for their Group C match.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-Greeks play down training ground bust-up ahead of Japan clash

NATAL, Brazil, June 18 (Reuters) – Greece played down a training ground bust-up between two players on Wednesday, saying they were “200 percent” focused on getting their World Cup campaign back on track with victory over Japan.

Defenders Yannis Maniatis and Giorgos Tzavellas had to be separated by captain Giorgos Karagounis on Tuesday after clashing as the Greeks prepared for their Group C match.

Jun 18, 2014

Preconceptions challenged as visitors pour into Brazil

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Many fans arrived in Brazil for the World Cup expecting a six-week party with a heady mix of top quality football, tropical beaches and Caipirinha cocktails played out to the soundtrack of a funky Samba beat.

And while there has been no shortage of sunshine, barbecued beef, beer and beach kickarounds, the more than half a million foreign visitors have discovered a nation more varied and complex than the picture postcard stereotypes.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Preconceptions challenged as visitors pour into Brazil

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Many fans arrived in Brazil for the World Cup expecting a six-week party with a heady mix of top quality football, tropical beaches and Caipirinha cocktails played out to the soundtrack of a funky Samba beat.

And while there has been no shortage of sunshine, barbecued beef, beer and beach kickarounds, the more than half a million foreign visitors have discovered a nation more varied and complex than the picture postcard stereotypes.

Jun 17, 2014

Japan and Greece go back to the well for Natal clash

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – After losing their Group C openers, Japan and Greece will be looking to rediscover the qualities which got them to Brazil as they bid to keep their campaigns alive at the Dunas arena on Thursday.

There is little doubt that only three points will do if either side is to extend their stay in Brazil beyond the group stage.

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