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Jul 9, 2014

Greatest sporting humiliations

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Hosts Brazil suffered their worst World Cup defeat ever when they were crushed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-final in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

It was Brazil’s first home defeat in a competitive match since 1975 and one of the most extraordinary results in the sport’s history.

Jul 9, 2014

Factbox – Greatest sporting humiliations

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Hosts Brazil suffered their worst World Cup defeat ever when they were crushed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-final in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

It was Brazil’s first home defeat in a competitive match since 1975 and one of the most extraordinary results in the sport’s history.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Greatest sporting humiliations

BRASILIA, July 8 (Reuters) – Hosts Brazil suffered their worst World Cup defeat ever when they were crushed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-final in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

It was Brazil’s first home defeat in a competitive match since 1975 and one of the most extraordinary results in the sport’s history.

Jul 7, 2014

Di Maria ruled out, Brazil try to get Thiago Silva back

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil launched a desperate appeal to have skipper Thiago Silva’s ban for their World Cup semi-final against Germany overturned on Sunday but Argentine hopes of seeing Angel Di Maria in action were ended by injury.

Doctors confirmed Di Maria will miss the semi-final against the Netherlands because of a thigh problem but did not rule the winger out of being fit for the final should Argentina prevail in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.

Jul 6, 2014

Soccer-Di Maria ruled out, Brazil try to get Thiago Silva back

BRASILIA, July 6 (Reuters) – Brazil launched a desperate appeal to have skipper Thiago Silva’s ban for their World Cup semi-final against Germany overturned on Sunday but Argentine hopes of seeing Angel Di Maria in action were ended by injury.

Doctors confirmed Di Maria will miss the semi-final against the Netherlands because of a thigh problem but did not rule the winger out of being fit for the final should Argentina prevail in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.

Jul 6, 2014

Argentina show they are about more than Messi

BRASILIA (Reuters) – With 82 minutes of brilliant game management, Argentina dispelled the notion they are a one man team dependent wholly on captain Lionel Messi to win the World Cup.

The South Americans united in a canny display to outfox a talented but inexperienced Belgium side 1-0 on Saturday, with their gifted playmaker, the difference in all four previous wins in Brazil, a mere cog in the team wheel.

Jul 6, 2014

Belgium boss Wilmots not impressed by Argentina

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Beaten and bored by “ordinary” Argentina, Belgium coach Marc Wilmots said he was less than impressed by a team that ended his side’s World Cup hopes on Saturday.

The South Americans nullified their quarter-final opponents expertly by holding possession, staying defensive and wasting time at every opportunity after taking an early 1-0 lead, which they never relented, to reach the last four.

Jul 5, 2014

Soccer-Belgium boss Wilmots not impressed by Argentina

BRASILIA, July 5 (Reuters) – Beaten and bored by “ordinary” Argentina, Belgium coach Marc Wilmots said he was less than impressed by a team that ended his side’s World Cup hopes on Saturday.

The South Americans nullified their quarter-final opponents expertly by holding possession, staying defensive and wasting time at every opportunity after taking an early 1-0 lead, which they never relented, to reach the last four.

Jul 5, 2014

Analysis: Argentina show they are about more than Messi

BRASILIA (Reuters) – With 82 minutes of brilliant game management, Argentina dispelled the notion they are a one man team dependent wholly on captain Lionel Messi to win the World Cup.

The South Americans united in a canny display to outfox a talented but inexperienced Belgium side 1-0 on Saturday, with their gifted playmaker, the difference in all four previous wins in Brazil, a mere cog in the team wheel.

Jul 5, 2014

Soccer-Argentina show they are about more than Messi

BRASILIA, July 5 (Reuters) – With 82 minutes of brilliant game management, Argentina dispelled the notion they are a one man team dependent wholly on captain Lionel Messi to win the World Cup.

The South Americans united in a canny display to outfox a talented but inexperienced Belgium side 1-0 on Saturday, with their gifted playmaker, the difference in all four previous wins in Brazil, a mere cog in the team wheel.