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Nov 11, 2014

Soccer-Messi wide right, Tevez could be number nine – Martino

LONDON, Nov 11 (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.

Nov 6, 2014

Rugby-Centre Hernandez set to win 50th Argentina cap v Scotland

LONDON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Centre Juan Martin Hernandez, who as flyhalf steered Argentina to third place at 2007 World Cup, is set to win his 50th Pumas cap against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Hernandez will again be at inside centre in a team with five changes from the side that gave Argentina their maiden southern hemisphere Rugby Championship victory, 21-17 over Australia in Mendoza a month ago.

Nov 4, 2014

Sunderland mission to restore confidence says Taricco

LONDON (Reuters) – Being thrashed 8-0 at Southampton shocked Sunderland to the core and rebuilding confidence will take time but Monday’s 3-1 win at Crystal Palace was a good start, assistant head coach Mauricio Taricco said.

Taricco told Reuters that luck had also played a part on Monday with Sunderland surviving a strong penalty appeal from Palace in the first minute after Santiago Vergini appeared to bring down Frazier Campbell.

Nov 4, 2014

Soccer-Sunderland mission to restore confidence says Taricco

LONDON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Being thrashed 8-0 at Southampton shocked Sunderland to the core and rebuilding confidence will take time but Monday’s 3-1 win at Crystal Palace was a good start, assistant head coach Mauricio Taricco said.

Taricco told Reuters that luck had also played a part on Monday with Sunderland surviving a strong penalty appeal from Palace in the first minute after Santiago Vergini appeared to bring down Frazier Campbell.

Nov 3, 2014

Fletcher double helps Sunderland win at Palace

LONDON (Reuters) – Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher scored in each half to help his beleaguered side earn a much-needed 3-1 win at Crystal Palace in their Premier League match at Selhurst Park on Monday.

Sunderland’s second league win of the season, after conceding 10 goals with no reply in their previous two matches, lifted them out of the relegation zone to 15th place with 11 points from 10 matches and left Palace 17th with nine.

Nov 3, 2014

Soccer-Fletcher double helps Sunderland win at Palace

LONDON, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher scored in each half to help his beleaguered side earn a much-needed 3-1 win at Crystal Palace in their Premier League match at Selhurst Park on Monday.

Sunderland’s second league win of the season, after conceding 10 goals with no reply in their previous two matches, lifted them out of the relegation zone to 15th place with 11 points from 10 matches and left Palace 17th with nine.

Oct 20, 2014

Soccer-Gallardo’s River set high standard in Argentine league

Oct 20 (Reuters) – River Plate continue to set a high standard in the Argentine championship with the weekend’s 3-0 home win over bogey team Belgrano extending their unbeaten run to 18 matches this season.

This did not, however, prevent Belgrano’s former River goalkeeper Juan Carlos Olave from having a dig at the league leaders over his team’s role in their relegation at El Monumental four years ago.

Oct 18, 2014

Free-kick specialist Oscar happy with Chelsea form

LONDON (Reuters) – Brazilian Oscar’s match-winning performance in Chelsea’s 2-1 away victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday included a superb free kick and the final pass for Cesc Fabregas’s decisive goal.

Unbeaten Premier League leaders Chelsea settled the match with goals in the sixth minute of each half at Selhurst Park in south London.

Oct 18, 2014

Soccer-Free-kick specialist Oscar happy with Chelsea form

LONDON, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Brazilian Oscar’s match-winning performance in Chelsea’s 2-1 away victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday included a superb free kick and the final pass for Cesc Fabregas’s decisive goal.

Unbeaten Premier League leaders Chelsea settled the match with goals in the sixth minute of each half at Selhurst Park in south London.

Oct 16, 2014

“Lepers” enter “Knaves” lair in Rosario derby

By Rex Gowar

(Reuters) – Some of world soccer’s biggest names, including Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Gabriel Batistuta, Marcelo Bielsa, Cesar Luis Menotti, hail from Rosario or its surrounding area.

Argentina’s second city, 350 kilometres north of Buenos Aires, is also the venue of the country’s oldest derby, Rosario Central v Newell’s Old Boys.

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