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Jul 4, 2014

No defensive problems for Belgium with Vertonghen on side

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Tightening up a once leaky defense and marauding forward to support a goal-shy attack, the work of Belgium full back Jan Vertonghen is never done.

The 27-year-old, who began life as a central defender, also frequented the defensive midfield positions for a time but has been Belgium’s flying full back in their run to the World Cup quarter-finals.

Jul 4, 2014

Soccer-No defensive problems for Belgium with Vertonghen on side

BRASILIA, July 4 (Reuters) – Tightening up a once leaky defence and marauding forward to support a goal-shy attack, the work of Belgium full back Jan Vertonghen is never done.

The 27-year-old, who began life as a central defender, also frequented the defensive midfield positions for a time but has been Belgium’s flying full back in their run to the World Cup quarter-finals.

Jul 4, 2014

Any team would depend on Messi, says Argentina coach Sabella

BRASILIA (Reuters) – When you have a player like Lionel Messi in your team why would you not lean on him to lead you to World Cup glory?

Pundits and fans have been quick to lambaste Argentina’s dependence on the inspirational forward to carry them to a third World Cup but coach Alejandro Sabella was not amused by the suggestion.

Jul 4, 2014

Soccer-Any team would depend on Messi, says Argentina coach Sabella

BRASILIA, July 4 (Reuters) – When you have a player like Lionel Messi in your team why would you not lean on him to lead you to World Cup glory?

Pundits and fans have been quick to lambaste Argentina’s dependence on the inspirational forward to carry them to a third World Cup but coach Alejandro Sabella was not amused by the suggestion.

Jul 2, 2014

State of the World Cup’s last eight

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Twenty four teams have gone and only eight remain in the hunt to win the World Cup. Some have romped to the last eight, while others have limped. We take a look at the state of the remaining eight sides left in the tournament and their chances of lifting the famous gold trophy at the Maracana in Rio de Janiero on July 13.

BRAZIL

Played 4 Won 2 Drawn 2 Lost 0 Goals For 8 Goals Against 3

Top scorer: Neymar 4 goals

Tournament odds: 3-1 Favorites

Hosts Brazil have failed to convince in their four matches so far. Concerns have been raised about the form of striker Fred, midfielder Paulinho and their defensive frailties down the fullback channels, while the coaching staff have acknowledged the squad is feeling the pressure of an expectant nation demanding a sixth World Cup and first on home soil.

Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-State of the World Cup’s last eight

BRASILIA, July 2 (Reuters) – Twenty four teams have gone and only eight remain in the hunt to win the World Cup. Some have romped to the last eight, while others have limped. We take a look at the state of the remaining eight sides left in the tournament and their chances of lifting the famous gold trophy at the Maracana in Rio de Janiero on July 13.

BRAZIL

Played 4 Won 2 Drawn 2 Lost 0 Goals For 8 Goals Against 3

Top scorer: Neymar 4 goals

Tournament odds: 3-1 Favourites

Hosts Brazil have failed to convince in their four matches so far. Concerns have been raised about the form of striker Fred, midfielder Paulinho and their defensive frailties down the fullback channels, while the coaching staff have acknowledged the squad is feeling the pressure of an expectant nation demanding a sixth World Cup and first on home soil.

Jun 30, 2014

France coach Deschamps wants more of the same from Pogba

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Paul Pogba’s goalscoring display in France’s 2-0 win over Nigeria showcased how talented the young midfielder is, with coach Didier Deschamps hoping to see those skills on a more regular basis.

The Juventus player headed France in front in the 79th minute of their World Cup last 16 clash at the Brasilia national stadium on Monday to cap a man-of-the-match display after reacting well to being dropped earlier in the tournament.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-France coach Deschamps wants more of the same from Pogba

BRASILIA, June 30 (Reuters) – Paul Pogba’s goalscoring display in France’s 2-0 win over Nigeria showcased how talented the young midfielder is, with coach Didier Deschamps hoping to see those skills on a more regular basis.

The Juventus player headed France in front in the 79th minute of their World Cup last 16 clash at the Brasilia national stadium on Monday to cap a man-of-the-match display after reacting well to being dropped earlier in the tournament.

Jun 30, 2014

Onazi injury allows France to break through to last eight

BRASILIA (Reuters) – For 55 minutes Nigeria were comfortably keeping France at bay, but then Blaise Matuidi planted his studs on Ogenyi Onazi and their World Cup ambitions were as damaged as the midfielder’s ankle.

Matuidi was fortunate to receive only a yellow card after his late lunge on the Lazio man’s ankle arrived long after the ball had been played.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Onazi injury allows France to break through to last eight

BRASILIA, June 30 (Reuters) – For 55 minutes Nigeria were comfortably keeping France at bay, but then Blaise Matuidi planted his studs on Ogenyi Onazi and their World Cup ambitions were as damaged as the midfielder’s ankle.

Matuidi was fortunate to receive only a yellow card after his late lunge on the Lazio man’s ankle arrived long after the ball had been played.