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Apr 24, 2014

Good ambiance crucial to get best from Messi: Sabella

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina must create the right team climate to give the world’s best player Lionel Messi the right support to enable him to shine at the World Cup in Brazil, coach Alejandro Sabella said on Wednesday.

Sabella also said Argentina’s status among the favorites would be countered by the fact they will be playing in the backyard of the most successful team in the competition with five titles.

Apr 23, 2014

Soccer-Good ambiance crucial to get best from Messi – Sabella

BUENOS AIRES, April 23 (Reuters) – Argentina must create the right team climate to give the world’s best player Lionel Messi the right support to enable him to shine at the World Cup in Brazil, coach Alejandro Sabella said on Wednesday.

Sabella also said Argentina’s status among the favourites would be countered by the fact they will be playing in the backyard of the most successful team in the competition with five titles.

Apr 21, 2014

Soccer-Injuries fail to dent River Plate climb to top of table

BUENOS AIRES, April 20 (Reuters) – River Plate lost two of their Colombian players through injury but were able to climb to the top of the standings with a 1-0 victory over Velez Sarsfield in an exciting Final Championship clash at the Monumental on Sunday.

Striker Teo Gutierrez scored the only goal after half an hour but had to off with a leg injury early in the second half that sparked fears for his fitness with less than two months to go to the World Cup finals.

Apr 14, 2014

Keepers to the fore in River’s clash with Rafaela

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – River Plate’s 2-0 win over Atletico Rafaela in the Argentine first division revolved around goalkeepers on Sunday, with four current and one former keeper taking the field at various stages.

Before kickoff, River’s greatest keeper Amadeo Carrizo, who helped them win seven league titles between 1945 and 1957, was feted on the Monumental pitch and made the club’s honorary president at the age of 87.

Apr 14, 2014

Soccer-Keepers to the fore in River’s clash with Rafaela

BUENOS AIRES, April 13 (Reuters) – River Plate’s 2-0 win over Atletico Rafaela in the Argentine first division revolved around goalkeepers on Sunday, with four current and one former keeper taking the field at various stages.

Before kickoff, River’s greatest keeper Amadeo Carrizo, who helped them win seven league titles between 1945 and 1957, was feted on the Monumental pitch and made the club’s honorary president at the age of 87.

Apr 10, 2014

Double pain for Alecsandro in Flamengo Libertadores exit

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – The pain Flamengo’s Alecsandro felt getting three stitches in a head wound did not compare with his distress when his dream of winning a third Libertadores Cup with a different club was dashed by Leon.

The striker, a South American champion with his former Brazilian clubs Internacional in 2010 and present holders Atletico Mineiro, was on the losing side in Flamengo’s 3-2 home defeat by the Mexican champions at the Maracana on Wednesday.

Apr 10, 2014

Soccer-Double pain for Alecsandro in Flamengo Libertadores exit

BUENOS AIRES, April 10 (Reuters) – The pain Flamengo’s Alecsandro felt getting three stitches in a head wound did not compare with his distress when his dream of winning a third Libertadores Cup with a different club was dashed by Leon.

The striker, a South American champion with his former Brazilian clubs Internacional in 2010 and present holders Atletico Mineiro, was on the losing side in Flamengo’s 3-2 home defeat by the Mexican champions at the Maracana on Wednesday.

Apr 8, 2014

San Lorenzo must beat Botafogo to stay in Libertadores Cup

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentine champions San Lorenzo go into their most crucial match of the year at home to Botafogo on Wednesday minus two suspended players and hoping to have got over a jinx of conceding late goals.

The Saints, no doubt calling on their best known fan Pope Francis to say a prayer for them, must beat the Brazilian side at the Nuevo Gasometro (2300 GMT) to go through to the last 16 in the Libertadores Cup.

Apr 8, 2014

Soccer-San Lorenzo must beat Botafogo to stay in Libertadores Cup

BUENOS AIRES, April 8 (Reuters) – Argentine champions San Lorenzo go into their most crucial match of the year at home to Botafogo on Wednesday minus two suspended players and hoping to have got over a jinx of conceding late goals.

The Saints, no doubt calling on their best known fan Pope Francis to say a prayer for them, must beat the Brazilian side at the Nuevo Gasometro (2300 GMT) to go through to the last 16 in the Libertadores Cup.

Mar 31, 2014

River beat Boca 2-1, first time away in 10 years

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – River Plate ended a 10-year wait for an away victory over Boca Juniors in the Argentine “superclasico” with a 2-1 win at La Bombonera on Sunday.

Left back Ramiro Funes Mori, playing only because of Leonel Vangioni’s suspension, headed the winner five minutes from time from playmaker Manuel Lanzini’s corner.

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