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Jun 23, 2014

Gung-ho Brazil please fans but offer rivals hope

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The flicks and tricks returned along with the goals but no amount of Neymar magic can hide the defensive flaws that are hampering Brazil’s bid for a sixth World Cup.

The Barcelona forward was centre stage as he revelled against the porous Cameroon backline to grab two goals in a 4-1 win on Monday that put the hosts through to a last-16 clash with Chile.

Jun 23, 2014

Asian World Cup struggles showcase problems at home

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Eight matches gone and still Asia waits for a first win at the World Cup, with the struggles of the continent’s four teams in Brazil demonstrating the coaching and administrative failings going on throughout the region.

Australia predictably bowed out after two defeats against tough opposition, while Japan, Iran and South Korea look set to follow them after each have managed only one point so far.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Asian World Cup struggles showcase problems at home

BRASILIA, June 23 (Reuters) – Eight matches gone and still Asia waits for a first win at the World Cup, with the struggles of the continent’s four teams in Brazil demonstrating the coaching and administrative failings going on throughout the region.

Australia predictably bowed out after two defeats against tough opposition, while Japan, Iran and South Korea look set to follow them after each have managed only one point so far.

Jun 23, 2014

Hulk to return for Brazil as Scolari stays loyal

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Under pressure but undeterred, Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said he would return to the same starting lineup that delivered an opening World Cup win over Croatia for Monday’s Group A clash with Cameroon.

That would mean Ramires dropping to the bench and a recall for forward Hulk, who did not feature in the 0-0 draw with Mexico because of a thigh muscle problem.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Hulk to return for Brazil as Scolari stays loyal

BRASILIA, June 22 (Reuters) – Under pressure but undeterred, Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said he would return to the same starting lineup that delivered an opening World Cup win over Croatia for Monday’s Group A clash with Cameroon.

That would mean Ramires dropping to the bench and a recall for forward Hulk, who did not feature in the 0-0 draw with Mexico because of a thigh muscle problem.

Jun 20, 2014

Lack of finishers leave Japan on the brink

By Patrick Johnston

(Reuters) – Japanese ambitions of a first World Cup quarter-final place appear all but over after their lauded attack once again broke down under pressure, with the absence of a world class number nine never more evident.

The team admitted to panicking during their opening 2-1 loss to Ivory Coast, while fullback Yuto Nagatomo said they pressed the self-destruct button during Thursday’s goalless Group C draw with 10-man Greece.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Lack of finishers leave Japan on the brink

June 20 (Reuters) – Japanese ambitions of a first World Cup quarter-final place appear all but over after their lauded attack once again broke down under pressure, with the absence of a world class number nine never more evident.

The team admitted to panicking during their opening 2-1 loss to Ivory Coast, while fullback Yuto Nagatomo said they pressed the self-destruct button during Thursday’s goalless Group C draw with 10-man Greece.

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.