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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.

Nov 12, 2014

Soccer-Messi penalty gives Argentina 2-1 friendly win over Croatia

LONDON, Nov 12 (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.

Nov 11, 2014

Messi wide right, Tevez could be number nine – Martino

LONDON (Reuters) – Argentina coach Gerardo Martino kept his cards close to his chest on Tuesday over his lineup for Wednesday’s friendly against Croatia and whether Lionel Messi and the recalled Carlos Tevez would start together.

Martino, who took charge when Alejandro Sabella stepped down after leading Argentina to the World Cup final in Brazil in July, said he was still at the stage of viewing players and introducing them to his tactics rather than settling on a fixed 11.

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