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Mar 28, 2014

Soccer-Rival strikers clash over kisses ahead of Boca-River derby

BUENOS AIRES, March 28 (Reuters) – Soccer players often kiss the badge on their shirts after scoring a goal, suggesting a strong emotional tie with the team they are playing for and their fans.

Boca Juniors striker Emmanuel Gigliotti, however, said this was a stupid gesture as he jousted with River Plate’s Fernando Cavenaghi in the build-up to the “superclasico”, Argentina’s biggest derby at La Bombonera on Sunday (2115 GMT).

Mar 28, 2014

Soccer-Borrowed cherry socks bring The Strongest good luck in Peru

BUENOS AIRES, March 28 (Reuters) – The Strongest may want to keep their borrowed cherry socks after a last-gasp 3-3 draw at Universitario in Lima kept their hopes of reaching the Libertadores Cup knockout rounds alive.

The Bolivian side fought back from 3-1 down in the final half hour with Colombian Jair Reinoso scoring the equaliser in the final minute at the Monumental stadium on Thursday.

Mar 27, 2014

Old Boy Trezeguet fulfils childhood dream with Cup goals

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – David Trezeguet fulfilled another dream when he scored the match-winning goals, his first in the Libertadores Cup, in Newell’s Old Boys’ 4-2 victory over Nacional on Wednesday.

The Group Six match at the Centenario in Montevideo was marred, however, by fighting between Nacional fans and police that left 13 officers hurt and 38 people arrested, according to a Uruguayan Interior ministry statement.

Mar 27, 2014

Soccer-Old Boy Trezeguet fulfils childhood dream with Cup goals

BUENOS AIRES, March 26 (Reuters) – David Trezeguet fulfilled another dream when he scored the match-winning goals, his first in the Libertadores Cup, in Newell’s Old Boys’ 4-2 victory over Nacional on Wednesday.

The Group Six match at the Centenario in Montevideo was marred, however, by fighting between Nacional fans and police that left 13 officers hurt and 38 people arrested, according to a Uruguayan Interior ministry statement.

Mar 13, 2014

Soccer-Newell’s fined after fans lit flares at Libertadores game

March 13 (Reuters) – South American soccer body CONMEBOL, determined to root out all trouble from the Libertadores Cup, have fined Newell’s Old Boys $12,000 after their last home match was interrupted by smoke from flares lit by their fans.

Newell’s fans lit the flares as their team crushed Nacional of Uruguay 4-0 at the Marcelo Bielsa in Rosario in a Group Six match two weeks ago and Chilean referee Enrique Osses halted play for a minute while the smoke cleared.

Mar 6, 2014

Ecuador to reinstate Benitez’s number 11 for World Cup

LONDON (Reuters) – Ecuador dropped the number 11 shirt from their team in honour of striker Christian Benitez who died last July but FIFA regulations mean they must reinstate it in their World Cup squad, coach Reinaldo Rueda said.

“Chucho” Benitez died suddenly of heart failure at 27 in Qatar where he was playing club football and amid the mourning of Ecuadorean fans the national federation (FEF) decided the team should no longer have a number 11.

Mar 6, 2014

Soccer-Ecuador to reinstate Benitez’s number 11 for World Cup

LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – Ecuador dropped the number 11 shirt from their team in honour of striker Christian Benitez who died last July but FIFA regulations mean they must reinstate it in their World Cup squad, coach Reinaldo Rueda said.

“Chucho” Benitez died suddenly of heart failure at 27 in Qatar where he was playing club football and amid the mourning of Ecuadorean fans the national federation (FEF) decided the team should no longer have a number 11.

Mar 6, 2014

Fast start by Socceroos great lesson for Ecuador – Rueda

LONDON (Reuters) – Ecuador, three goals down at halftime, take home a vital World Cup lesson after their second half fightback gave them a 4-3 win over Australia on Wednesday, coach Reinaldo Rueda said.

The South Americans were helped by the sending off of goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak with half an hour remaining after he gave away a penalty but Ecuador, with five halftime substitutions, had already shown far greater resolve and pulled a goal back by then.

Mar 5, 2014

Soccer-Fast start by Socceroos great lesson for Ecuador – Rueda

LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) – Ecuador, three goals down at halftime, take home a vital World Cup lesson after their second half fightback gave them a 4-3 win over Australia on Wednesday, coach Reinaldo Rueda said.

The South Americans were helped by the sending off of goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak with half an hour remaining after he gave away a penalty but Ecuador, with five halftime substitutions, had already shown far greater resolve and pulled a goal back by then.

Mar 4, 2014

Soccer-Ecuador count on wingers for World Cup challenge

LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) – Ecuador will put their wingers to the test in a World Cup warm-up against fellow finalists Australia in London on Wednesday as coach Reinaldo Rueda looks to exploit the country’s natural flair on the flanks.

“Ecuador have that gift, they have men who can tip the balance on the wings,” Rueda told Reuters as he prepared his team for their first match of the year at Millwall’s New Den stadium.

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