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Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Chameleon Azzurri are clutch match specialists – Buffon

NATAL, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – Italy are “must-win” game specialists and have a Chameleon-like versatility that will get them the result they need in this week’s World Cup showdown with Uruguay, captain Gianluigi Buffon said on Sunday.

The 36-year-old goalkeeper, playing in his fifth World Cup, said Italy’s experience in playing clutch matches would hold them in good stead in the Group D decider at the Dunas arena on Tuesday.

Jun 21, 2014

Italy’s De Rossi ‘highly unlikely’ to face Uruguay

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Italy’s Daniele De Rossi has a leg injury and is highly unlikely to play in the World Cup Group D showdown against Uruguay on Tuesday, the Azzurri’s team doctor said on Saturday.

The 30-year-old midfielder played the full 90 minutes in both of Italy’s games in the tournament, a 2-1 victory over England and a 1-0 loss to Costa Rica.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Italy’s De Rossi ‘highly unlikely’ to face Uruguay

NATAL, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) – Italy’s Daniele De Rossi has a leg injury and is highly unlikely to play in the World Cup Group D showdown against Uruguay on Tuesday, the Azzurri’s team doctor said on Saturday.

The 30-year-old midfielder played the full 90 minutes in both of Italy’s games in the tournament, a 2-1 victory over England and a 1-0 loss to Costa Rica.

Jun 20, 2014

France coach Deschamps vindicated by Swiss rout

By Nick Mulvenney

(Reuters) – “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” was famously the rallying cry of the French Revolution but it was the “unité” on display in the 5-2 rout of Switzerland on Friday that could be the most significant factor in how far France advance at the World Cup.

Coach Didier Deschamps admitted he had not selected the best 23 players when he finalised his squad for the tournament and the omission of creative midfielder Samir Nasri was explicitly for reasons of squad cohesion.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-France coach Deschamps vindicated by Swiss rout

June 20 (Reuters) – “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” was famously the rallying cry of the French Revolution but it was the “unité” on display in the 5-2 rout of Switzerland on Friday that could be the most significent factor in how far France advance at the World Cup.

Coach Didier Deschamps admitted he had not selected the best 23 players when he finalised his squad for the tournament and the omission of creative midfielder Samir Nasri was explicitly for reasons of squad cohesion.

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.

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