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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.

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.