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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.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Japan and Greece go back to the well for Natal clash

NATAL, Brazil, June 17 (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.

Jun 17, 2014

Dempsey scores early but Brooks secures win for U.S.

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – The United States got a dream start to their World Cup campaign when Clint Dempsey scored the fifth fastest goal in tournament history but they needed an 86th minute winner from John Brooks to secure a dramatic 2-1 win over Ghana on Monday.

Dempsey drilled the ball into the net after just 32 seconds at the Dunas arena before Andre Ayew finally gave Ghana reward for their second half pressure with an equalizer seven minutes from the end of a physical and often testy match.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Dempsey scores early but Brooks secures win for U.S.

NATAL, Brazil, June 16 (Reuters) – The United States got a dream start to their World Cup campaign when Clint Dempsey scored the fifth fastest goal in tournament history but they needed an 86th minute winner from John Brooks to secure a dramatic 2-1 win over Ghana on Monday.

Dempsey drilled the ball into the net after just 32 seconds at the Dunas arena before Andre Ayew finally gave Ghana reward for their second half pressure with an equaliser seven minutes from the end of a physical and often testy match.

Jun 16, 2014

Ghana skipper Gyan wary of vengeful Americans

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is wary of vengeful Americans but confident the young Blacks Stars team have enough talent to open their third World Cup campaign with a victory on Monday.

Gyan scored the winner in extra time when Ghana sent the United States tumbling out of the World Cup for the second successive tournament in South Africa four years ago.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Ghana skipper Gyan wary of vengeful Americans

NATAL, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) – Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is wary of vengeful Americans but confident the young Blacks Stars team have enough talent to open their third World Cup campaign with a victory on Monday.

Gyan scored the winner in extra time when Ghana sent the United States tumbling out of the World Cup for the second successive tournament in South Africa four years ago.

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.

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