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Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Sabella switch reveals Argentina’s true identity

June 16 (Reuters) – The disappointment on the faces of the players themselves even with a 1-0 lead was obvious in the first half after all the pre-tournament talk of Argentina taking the World Cup by storm with their Fab Four attack.

Argentina took the lead almost from the off thanks to an own goal provoked by a curling Lionel Messi free kick but far from presaging a rout, it brought Bosnia quickly out of their shell to trouble coach Alejandro Sabella’s five-man defence.

Jun 15, 2014

Politics dogs Argentina at Brazil World Cup

By Rex Gowar

(Reuters) – When Argentina meet Bosnia at the Maracana on Sunday it will be their first ever World Cup match in Brazil, having turned their back on the 1950 finals for political reasons after qualifying at a canter.

Now the Argentine Football Association (AFA) are in trouble with FIFA over a banner the team showed before kickoff in their last warmup against Slovenia in La Plata eight days ago which read “La Malvinas son argentinas” (the Falklands are Argentine).

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Politics dogs Argentina at Brazil World Cup

June 15 (Reuters) – When Argentina meet Bosnia at the Maracana on Sunday it will be their first ever World Cup match in Brazil, having turned their back on the 1950 finals for political reasons after qualifying at a canter.

Now the Argentine Football Association (AFA) are in trouble with FIFA over a banner the team showed before kickoff in their last warmup against Slovenia in La Plata eight days ago which read “La Malvinas son argentinas” (the Falklands are Argentine).

Jun 14, 2014

Colombia signal South American World Cup intent

By Rex Gowar

(Reuters) – Colombia’s emphatic 3-0 win over Greece on Saturday, hot on the heels of Chile’s win over Australia, shows South American teams’ World Cup ambitions do not stop at Brazil and Argentina.

On their own continent, the likes of Colombia, Chile and Ecuador will be looking to at least emulate South America’s four berths in the 2010 quarter-finals in South Africa.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Colombia signal South American World Cup intent

June 14 (Reuters) – Colombia’s emphatic 3-0 win over Greece on Saturday, hot on the heels of Chile’s win over Australia, shows South American teams’ World Cup ambitions do not stop at Brazil and Argentina.

On their own continent, the likes of Colombia, Chile and Ecuador will be looking to at least emulate South America’s four berths in the 2010 quarter-finals in South Africa.

Jun 14, 2014

Cautious Sampaoli taking nothing for granted after Chile win

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli is taking nothing for granted looking ahead to his team’s clash with holders Spain whose World Cup defense began with a nightmare 5-1 defeat by the Netherlands on Friday.

The Chileans joined the Dutch on three points with a 3-1 victory over Australia in their Group B opener at the Pantanal arena on Friday, just a few hours after the Spanish debacle.

Jun 14, 2014

Australia draw pride from painful World Cup defeat

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Australia forward Tim Cahill says they can draw positives from their opening 3-1 loss to Chile at the World Cup on Friday but along with coach Ange Postecoglou he regrets showing them too much respect early on.

Chile were cruising after taking a 2-0 lead by the 14th minute but Cahill’s header in the 35th made for a tense, end-to-end encounter settled only when substitute Jean Beausejour grabbed a third in stoppage time.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Cautious Sampaoli taking nothing for granted after Chile win

CUIABA, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli is taking nothing for granted looking ahead to his team’s clash with holders Spain whose World Cup defence began with a nightmare 5-1 defeat by the Netherlands on Friday.

The Chileans joined the Dutch on three points with a 3-1 victory over Australia in their Group B opener at the Pantanal arena on Friday, just a few hours after the Spanish debacle.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Australia draw pride from painful World Cup defeat

CUIABA, Brazil, June 14 (Reuters) – Australia forward Tim Cahill says they can draw positives from their opening 3-1 loss to Chile at the World Cup on Friday but along with coach Ange Postecoglou he regrets showing them too much respect early on.

Chile were cruising after taking a 2-0 lead by the 14th minute but Cahill’s header in the 35th made for a tense, end-to-end encounter settled only when substitute Jean Beausejour grabbed a third in stoppage time.

Jun 13, 2014

Chile’s Sampaoli expects to face a new Australia

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli believes Australia have changed their game under coach Ange Postecoglou by trying to play more soccer and rely less on their traditional physical strength.

Chile meet the Socceroos in their opening World Cup Group B match on Friday looking for a win that would set them up for their tough matches with holders Spain and the Netherlands.

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