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Jul 21, 2014

Moustachioed Basque seeks Bolivar’s first final

By Rex Gowar

(Reuters) – Xabier Azkargorta, the last man to coach Bolivia at the World Cup finals 20 years ago, is this month seeking to add another extraordinary milestone to his remarkable career in the South American football backwater.

The moustachioed Basque, who led Bolivia at the 1994 finals in the United States, having qualified for the first time since 1950, is now hoping to make his current club Bolivar the first from Bolivia to reach the final of South America’s top club competition, the Libertadores Cup.

Jul 21, 2014

Soccer-Moustachioed Basque seeks Bolivar’s first final

July 21 (Reuters) – Xabier Azkargorta, the last man to coach Bolivia at the World Cup finals 20 years ago, is this month seeking to add another extraordinary milestone to his remarkable career in the South American soccer backwater.

The moustachioed Basque, who led Bolivia at the 1994 finals in the United States, having qualified for the first time since 1950, is now hoping to make his current club Bolivar the first from Bolivia to reach the final of South America’s top club competition, the Libertadores Cup.

Jul 1, 2014

Lady Luck helps faltering Argentina stay on course

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – The “luck of champions” helped Lionel Messi’s Argentina scrape into the World Cup last eight on Tuesday past an increasingly daring Switzerland in their quest for a third World Cup.

None of the surviving pre-tournament favorites have had an easy passage into the quarter-finals, with hosts Brazil, Germany and the Netherlands also suffering their share of scares before finally overcoming tenacious opponents.

Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-Lady Luck helps faltering Argentina stay on course

SAO PAULO, July 1 (Reuters) – The “luck of champions” helped Lionel Messi’s Argentina scrape into the World Cup last eight on Tuesday past an increasingly daring Switzerland in their quest for a third World Cup.

None of the surviving pre-tournament favourites have had an easy passage into the quarter-finals, with hosts Brazil, Germany and the Netherlands also suffering their share of scares before finally overcoming tenacious opponents.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Colombia crush Japan 4-1 to set up Uruguay clash

CUIABA, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) – Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez set up Jackson Martinez for two goals and scored one himself as they thrashed Japan 4-1 to claim top spot in Group C on Tuesday and set up a mouthwatering second-round clash with Uruguay.

Colombia, who are in the last 16 for the first time since 1990 and had never before won three matches at the finals, went ahead with an early Juan Cuadrado penalty at the Pantanal arena.

Jun 25, 2014

Colombia crush Japan 4-1 and next face Uruguay

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Colombia striker Jackson Martinez scored twice as they thrashed Japan 4-1 to maintain their 100 percent record and claim top spot in Group C on Tuesday to set up a mouthwatering second-round clash with Uruguay.

Colombia, who are in the last 16 for the first time since 1990 and had never before won three matches at the finals, went ahead through an early Juan Cuadrado penalty at the Pantanal arena.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Colombia crush Japan 4-1 and next face Uruguay

CUIABA, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) – Colombia striker Jackson Martinez scored twice as they thrashed Japan 4-1 to maintain their 100 percent record and claim top spot in Group C on Tuesday to set up a mouthwatering second-round clash with Uruguay.

Colombia, who are in the last 16 for the first time since 1990 and had never before won three matches at the finals, went ahead through an early Juan Cuadrado penalty at the Pantanal arena.

Jun 24, 2014

Colombia crush Japan to win group, face Uruguay

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Colombia striker Jackson Martinez scored twice as they thrashed Japan 4-1 to maintain their 100 percent record and claim top spot in Group C on Tuesday to set up a second round clash with Uruguay.

Colombia, who are in the last 16 for the first time since 1990, took the lead after 17 minutes when Martinez was brought down by center back Yasuyuki Konno as he raced into the box on the left at the Pantanal arena.

Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-Colombia crush Japan to win group, face Uruguay

CUIABA, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) – Colombia striker Jackson Martinez scored twice as they thrashed Japan 4-1 to maintain their 100 percent record and claim top spot in Group C on Tuesday to set up a second round clash with Uruguay.

Colombia, who are in the last 16 for the first time since 1990, went ahead through an early Juan Cuadrado penalty before Martinez struck twice in the second half and substitute James Rodriguez wrapped up the win with a delightful fourth goal.

Jun 24, 2014

Colombia expect intense attacking game from Japan

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Colombia want to boost their World Cup tally of five goals against Japan on Tuesday and finish the group stage with three wins for the first time, coach Jose Pekerman said.

But he told reporters at the Pantanal arena on Monday his team would be wary of the Asian champions’ need to salvage a disappointing tournament so far with a good win.

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