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Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Latin American teams take a grip on Brazil tournament

CUIABA, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – Costa Rica’s domination of a group with three former champions and Chile and Colombia’s triumphant march through their first two matches highlights the strength of the Latin American challenge at the World Cup.

A mixture of enhanced coaching and the confidence gained from playing on familiar territory in their own region means they can play an attacking game that comes more naturally to them with the bonus of profiting from their better ball skills.

Jun 20, 2014

Nigeria face double challenge against Bosnia

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi recognized on Friday that the team’s fans were not happy with their 0-0 opening World Cup draw against Iran and wants victory against Bosnia to lift the mood back home.

    The gloom, he said, was compounded by this week’s bombing in Nigeria which caused the death of at least 13 people among fans gathered to watch a match taking place at the finals in Brazil.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Nigeria face double challenge against Bosnia

CUIABA, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi recognised on Friday that the team’s fans were not happy with their 0-0 opening World Cup draw against Iran and wants victory against Bosnia to lift the mood back home.

The gloom, he said, was compounded by this week’s bombing in Nigeria which caused the death of at least 13 people among fans gathered to watch a match taking place at the finals in Brazil.

Jun 20, 2014

Di Maria, Argentina’s flexible but unbreakable noodle

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – You might think it would be easy to push skinny Angel Di Maria off the ball but “Fideo” (Noodle) is made of steel.

The Argentina winger, dreaming of World Cup glory at his second finals, has known hardship and bounced back stronger.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Di Maria, Argentina’s flexible but unbreakable noodle

CUIABA, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – You might think it would be easy to push skinny Angel Di Maria off the ball but “Fideo” (Noodle) is made of steel.

The Argentina winger, dreaming of World Cup glory at his second finals, has known hardship and bounced back stronger.

Jun 19, 2014

Bosnia seek another first with victory over Nigeria

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – For Bosnia, a victory at the World Cup finals would be another first with African champions Nigeria in their sights at the Pantanal arena in Group F on Saturday.

One of the many splinter nations of the former Yugoslavia, who were a soccer power in their day, they may be newcomers on the sport’s biggest stage but naivete is not a part of their makeup.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-Bosnia seek another first with victory over Nigeria

CUIABA, Brazil, June 19 (Reuters) – For Bosnia, a victory at the World Cup finals would be another first with African champions Nigeria in their sights at the Pantanal arena in Group F on Saturday.

One of the many splinter nations of the former Yugoslavia, who were a soccer power in their day, they may be newcomers on the sport’s biggest stage but naivete is not a part of their makeup.

Jun 19, 2014

Suarez to play for Uruguay? All England expects

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – England expect to face an added danger with a Luis Suarez comeback for Uruguay in World Cup Group D on Thursday (1900 GMT) even if coach Oscar Tabarez has not confirmed his country’s top scorer for the match in Sao Paulo.

Suarez, who had knee surgery a month ago, missed Uruguay’s shock 3-1 defeat by Costa Rica on Saturday which has left them and England, beaten 2-1 by Italy, with a virtual do-or-die clash to keep their qualifying hopes alive.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-Suarez to play for Uruguay? All England expects

CUIABA, Brazil, June 19 (Reuters) – England expect to face an added danger with a Luis Suarez comeback for Uruguay in World Cup Group D on Thursday (1900 GMT) even if coach Oscar Tabarez has not confirmed his country’s top scorer for the match in Sao Paulo.

Suarez, who had knee surgery a month ago, missed Uruguay’s shock 3-1 defeat by Costa Rica on Saturday which has left them and England, beaten 2-1 by Italy, with a virtual do-or-die clash to keep their qualifying hopes alive.

Jun 18, 2014

Kerzhakov rescues Russia after Akinfeev gaffe

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Russia experienced despair then joy as Alexander Kerzhakov’s stabbed equaliser made amends for goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev’s terrible blunder in an untidy 1-1 draw with South Korea at the World Cup on Tuesday.

The result left the teams in joint second place in Group H after the first round of matches behind leaders Belgium, who earlier came from behind to win 2-1 against Algeria in Belo Horizonte.

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