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Jun 19, 2014

Ivorian Die sheds tears for World Cup occasion not dad

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Ivory Coast midfielder Serey Die said he broke down in tears on Thursday over the emotion of representing his country at a World Cup as false internet rumors swirled that his father had died before kickoff.

Die was crying as the anthems played before they faced Colombia in Brasilia, with rumors circulating on Twitter that his father, who died in 2004, had passed away two hours before the Group C match, which they lost 2-1.

Jun 19, 2014

No Song just a whimper as Cameroon crash out

By Patrick Johnston

(Reuters) – Cameroon went down fighting – off the ball and amongst themselves – as they exited the World Cup on Wednesday with Alex Song adding a red card to the ill-disciplined African nation’s long list in a thumping 4-0 defeat by Croatia.

The Europeans were already leading 1-0 when Barcelona midfielder Song opted for a petulant elbow smash into the back of Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic in the 40th minute of their Group A clash in Manaus on Wednesday.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-No Song just a whimper as Cameroon crash out

June 18 (Reuters) – Cameroon went down fighting – off the ball and amongst themselves – as they exited the World Cup on Wednesday with Alex Song adding a red card to the ill-disciplined African nation’s long list in a thumping 4-0 defeat by Croatia.

The Europeans were already leading 1-0 when Barcelona midfielder Song opted for a petulant elbow smash into the back of Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic in the 40th minute of their Group A clash in Manaus on Wednesday.

Jun 18, 2014

Confident Colombia trying not to get carried away

BRASILIA (Reuters) – With fears about World Cup nerves allayed and buoyed by a sizeable traveling support, a confident Colombia were facing a struggle to play down expectations they could seal a rare place in the knockout stages.

The South Americans marked their return to the World Cup stage after a 16-year absence in sparkling fashion on Saturday, swatting aside former European champions Greece 3-0 in their opening Group C match.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Confident Colombia trying not to get carried away

BRASILIA, June 18 (Reuters) – With fears about World Cup nerves allayed and buoyed by a sizeable travelling support, a confident Colombia were facing a struggle to play down expectations they could seal a rare place in the knockout stages.

The South Americans marked their return to the World Cup stage after a 16-year absence in sparkling fashion on Saturday, swatting aside former European champions Greece 3-0 in their opening Group C match.

Jun 18, 2014

Spain on the brink against ‘suicidal’ Chile

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Defending champions Spain will face the ‘suicidal’ attacking style of Chile at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday aiming to get their World Cup bid back on track and avoid an embarrassingly early exit.

Spain were ripped to shreds in a morale-sapping 5-1 defeat by the Netherlands in their Group B opener on Friday – their worst World Cup loss since a 6-1 mauling by Brazil in 1950.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Spain on the brink against ‘suicidal’ Chile

BRASILIA, June 18 (Reuters) – Defending champions Spain will face the ‘suicidal’ attacking style of Chile at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday aiming to get their World Cup bid back on track and avoid an embarrassingly early exit.

Spain were ripped to shreds in a morale-sapping 5-1 defeat by the Netherlands in their Group B opener on Friday – their worst World Cup loss since a 6-1 mauling by Brazil in 1950.

Jun 15, 2014

Swiss roll over Ecuador with dramatic last-gasp strike

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Substitute Haris Seferovic finished off a breathtaking box-to-box counter-attack in stoppage time to give Switzerland a thrilling 2-1 win over Ecuador in their World Cup Group E opener on Sunday.

A brilliant block tackle by Valon Behrami in his own area instigated the break, which was allowed to continue by an excellent decision from Uzbek referee Ravshan Irmatov after the midfielder was body-checked.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Swiss roll over Ecuador with dramatic last-gasp strike

BRASILIA, June 15 (Reuters) – Substitute Haris Seferovic finished off a breathtaking box-to-box counter-attack in stoppage time to give Switzerland a thrilling 2-1 win over Ecuador in their World Cup Group E opener on Sunday.

A brilliant block tackle by Valon Behrami in his own area instigated the break, which was allowed to continue by an excellent decision from Uzbek referee Ravshan Irmatov after the midfielder was body-checked.

Jun 15, 2014

Dramatic Swiss leave it late to down Ecuador

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Substitute Haris Seferovic finished off a breathtaking box-to-box stoppage time counter-attack to hand Switzerland a thrilling 2-1 win over Ecuador in their World Cup Group E opener on Sunday.

A brilliant block tackle by Valon Behrami in his own area instigated the break, which was allowed to continue by an excellent decision by Uzbekistan referee Ravshan Irmatov after the midfielder was body-checked.