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Nov 18, 2014

Soccer-Portugal beat Argentina with Ronaldo v Messi a sideshow

MANCHESTER, England, Nov 18 (Reuters) – ‘Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi’ got top billing at a packed Old Trafford but it was a lesser light who scored as Portugal scraped a 1-0 friendly win over Argentina on Tuesday.

Raphael Guerreiro headed the winner in added time after a second half riddled with substitutions and missing the excitement factor provided by the game’s two biggest players who did not reappear after halftime.

Nov 16, 2014

Old Trafford new chapter in Messi-Ronaldo rivalry

LONDON (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s second Old Trafford home-coming will be another highly-charged affair with big rival Lionel Messi leading Argentina in their friendly with Portugal on Tuesday.

Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford for the first time after leaving Manchester United in 2009 when Real Madrid beat United 2-1 with his winning goal in a Champions League tie in March last year, but he can expect plenty of support this time from fans who would love him to make a permanent move back.

Nov 16, 2014

Soccer-Old Trafford new chapter in Messi-Ronaldo rivalry

LONDON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s second Old Trafford home-coming will be another highly-charged affair with big rival Lionel Messi leading Argentina in their friendly with Portugal on Tuesday.

Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford for the first time after leaving Manchester United in 2009 when Real Madrid beat United 2-1 with his winning goal in a Champions League tie in March last year, but he can expect plenty of support this time from fans who would love him to make a permanent move back.

Nov 14, 2014

Late header gives Colombia 2-1 win over U.S.

LONDON (Reuters) – Striker Teofilo Gutierrez scored with a late header to give Colombia a 2-1 win over the United States in a lively friendly international at Craven Cottage on Friday.

The Americans took the lead in the ninth minute when striker Jozy Altidore converted a penalty after Colombia left back Pablo Armero handled.

Nov 14, 2014

Soccer-Late header gives Colombia 2-1 win over U.S.

LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Striker Teofilo Gutierrez scored with a late header to give Colombia a 2-1 win over the United States in a lively friendly international at Craven Cottage on Friday.

The Americans took the lead in the ninth minute when striker Jozy Altidore converted a penalty after Colombia left back Pablo Armero handled.

Nov 13, 2014

Italy-Argentina brought forward to Friday due to weather

LONDON (Reuters) – Argentina’s test against Italy in Genoa has been brought forward to Friday (1615 GMT) because bad weather in the Liguria region is expected to worsen this weekend, the Argentine and Italian Rugby Unions said.

Further heavy thunderstorms are forecast in the wake of the flash flooding that has been affecting northern Italy, causing a number of deaths.

Nov 13, 2014

Rugby-Italy-Argentina brought forward to Friday due to weather

LONDON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Argentina’s test against Italy in Genoa has been brought forward to Friday (1615 GMT) because bad weather in the Liguria region is expected to worsen this weekend, the Argentine and Italian Rugby Unions said.

Further heavy thunderstorms are forecast in the wake of the flash flooding that has been affecting northern Italy, causing a number of deaths.

Nov 13, 2014

Falcao will soon get back to his best, says Colombia coach

LONDON (Reuters) – Colombia striker Radamel Falcao is a world class player who will soon rediscover his best form for Manchester United and his country, his international coach Jose Pekerman said on Thursday.

Falcao, on loan from Monaco, has seen only limited action so far in England with United under new manager Louis van Gaal, who has rebuilt the team with several new signings.

Nov 13, 2014

Soccer-Falcao will soon get back to his best, says Colombia coach

LONDON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Colombia striker Radamel Falcao is a world class player who will soon rediscover his best form for Manchester United and his country, his international coach Jose Pekerman said on Thursday.

Falcao, on loan from Monaco, has seen only limited action so far in England with United under new manager Louis van Gaal, who has rebuilt the team with several new signings.

Nov 12, 2014

Messi penalty gives Argentina 2-1 friendly win over Croatia

LONDON (Reuters) – Lionel Messi’s penalty earned Argentina a 2-1 win over Croatia after a fortunate equaliser that stood despite an unintentional handball by Sergio Aguero in a friendly at West Ham United’s Upton Park ground on Wednesday.

Messi scored from the spot in the 57th minute after Aguero had been brought down by goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic.

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