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Jun 14, 2014

U.S. face World Cup nemesis Ghana in Natal opener

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Notions of righting wrongs and exacting revenge will add an extra pinch of spice when Ghana take on the United States on Monday in a World Cup Group G match that looks like a must win for both teams.

With encounters against Germany and Portugal to come for both teams in arguably the toughest first round group, anything less than the full three points at the Dunas arena could be fatal to their hopes of a spot in the last 16.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-U.S. face World Cup nemesis Ghana in Natal opener

NATAL, Brazil, June 14 (Reuters) – Notions of righting wrongs and exacting revenge will add an extra pinch of spice when Ghana take on the United States on Monday in a World Cup Group G match that looks like a must win for both teams.

With encounters against Germany and Portugal to come for both teams in arguably the toughest first round group, anything less than the full three points at the Dunas arena could be fatal to their hopes of a spot in the last 16.

Jun 14, 2014

Mission accomplished as Australia avoid humiliation in Cuiaba

By Nick Mulvenney

(Reuters) – Relief might be an unusual reaction to a 3-1 defeat to open a World Cup campaign but the low level of expectation surrounding Australia meant that was exactly the response of many Socceroos fans to Friday’s loss to Chile.

In disarray eight months ago after successive 6-0 hidings at the hands of Brazil and France, Australia sacked German Holger Osieck and brought in Ange Postecoglou with firm instructions to rejuvenate the squad.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Mission accomplished as Australia avoid humiliation in Cuiaba

June 14 (Reuters) – Relief might be an unusual reaction to a 3-1 defeat to open a World Cup campaign but the low level of expectation surrounding Australia meant that was exactly the response of many Socceroos fans to Friday’s loss to Chile.

In disarray eight months ago after successive 6-0 hidings at the hands of Brazil and France, Australia sacked German Holger Osieck and brought in Ange Postecoglou with firm instructions to rejuvenate the squad.

Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-Peralta strike gives Mexico win in Natal rainstorm

NATAL, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – Mexico got just rewards for their attacking intent when Oribe Peralta’s 61st minute strike gave them a 1-0 win over Cameroon in their World Cup opener at a rain-saturated Dunas arena on Friday.

The Mexicans had two Giovani dos Santos efforts controversially disallowed in the first half but Peralta’s goal means they will now feel they have a good chance of progressing from Group A, which also includes hosts Brazil and Croatia.

Jun 13, 2014

Peralta strike gives Mexico win in Natal rainstorm

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Mexico were rewarded for their attacking intent when Oribe Peralta’s 61st minute strike gave them a 1-0 win over Cameroon in their World Cup opener at a rain-soaked Dunas arena on Friday.

The Mexicans had two Giovani Dos Santos efforts controversially disallowed in the first half but Peralta’s goal means they will now feel they have a good chance of progressing from Group A, which also includes hosts Brazil and Croatia.

Jun 12, 2014

Cameroon no longer the ‘Germans of Africa’ says coach

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Cameroon now offer more than just the physical power that defined their play at previous World Cups and it is unfair to continue to describe them as the “Germans of Africa”, coach Volker Finke said on Thursday.

The Africans take on Mexico in their opening match on Friday and Finke bristled when asked to explain how he would be able to make up for the deficit in skill levels compared to the Mexicans and their other Group A opponents, Brazil and Croatia.

Jun 12, 2014

Soccer-Cameroon no longer the ‘Germans of Africa’ says coach

NATAL, Brazil, June 12 (Reuters) – Cameroon now offer more than just the physical power that defined their play at previous World Cups and it is unfair to continue to describe them as the “Germans of Africa”, coach Volker Finke said on Thursday.

The Africans take on Mexico in their opening match on Friday and Finke bristled when asked to explain how he would be able to make up for the deficit in skill levels compared to the Mexicans and their other Group A opponents, Brazil and Croatia.

Jun 11, 2014

Mexico and Cameroon out to ride their luck in Natal

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Mexico and Cameroon would be prime contenders for the title of most fortunate qualifiers for the World Cup but both will fancy their chances of progressing from Group A if they can win their opening encounter on Friday.

Hosts Brazil and Croatia round out the group so traditional early tournament caution could be thrown to the wind at the Dunas arena with both teams knowing that a draw is unlikely to much help their cause.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-Mexico and Cameroon out to ride their luck in Natal

NATAL, Brazil, June 11 (Reuters) – Mexico and Cameroon would be prime contenders for the title of most fortunate qualifiers for the World Cup but both will fancy their chances of progressing from Group A if they can win their opening encounter on Friday.

Hosts Brazil and Croatia round out the group so traditional early tournament caution could be thrown to the wind at the Dunas arena with both teams knowing that a draw is unlikely to much help their cause.

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