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Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-Asian champions Japan fail to bridge the World Cup gap

June 24 (Reuters) – Alberto Zaccheroni instilled flair, creativity and goals in his four years in charge of Japan but he could not find a cure for the mental flaws that prevented his side showcasing those talents on the grandest stage.

The Asian champions slumped meekly out of the World Cup at the group stage on Tuesday after a winless showing from a pool they had more than enough skill and talent to escape from.

Jun 23, 2014

Analysis – 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

Soccer-Gung-ho Brazil please fans but offer rivals hope

BRASILIA, June 23 (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

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.