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Oct 9, 2015

Wins for Uruguay, Colombia, Paraguay in 2018 qualifiers

By Rex Gowar

(Reuters) – Uruguay and Colombia made 2-0 winning starts to the South American qualifiers on Thursday for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia in contrasting geographical conditions.

Paraguay, recovering from their disappointment at not reaching the 2014 tournament in Brazil, scored an 85th minute winner from Derlis Gonzalez for a 1-0 victory away to Venezuela.

Oct 9, 2015

Soccer-Wins for Uruguay, Colombia, Paraguay in 2018 qualifiers

Oct 8 (Reuters) – Uruguay and Colombia made 2-0 winning starts to the South American qualifiers on Thursday for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia in contrasting geographical conditions.

Paraguay, recovering from their disappointment at not reaching the 2014 tournament in Brazil, scored an 85th minute winner from Derlis Gonzalez for a 1-0 victory away to Venezuela.

Oct 7, 2015

Habana record as Springboks win pool, Georgia sink Namibia

LONDON (Reuters) – South Africa secured top spot in Rugby World Cup Pool B with a crushing 64-0 win over the United States on Wednesday to put their shock defeat by Japan firmly behind them and they will play Australia or Wales in the quarter-finals.

Georgia overtook Tonga in third place in Pool C by edging Namibia 17-16 in an error-riddled match in Exeter where the first half lasted 68 minutes and the losers earned their first ever World Cup point, a bonus, in 18 defeats.

Oct 7, 2015

Rugby-Habana record as Springboks win pool, Georgia sink Namibia

LONDON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – South Africa secured top spot in Rugby World Cup Pool B with a crushing 64-0 win over the United States on Wednesday to put their shock defeat by Japan firmly behind them and they will play Australia or Wales in the quarter-finals.

Georgia overtook Tonga in third place in Pool C by edging Namibia 17-16 in an error-riddled match in Exeter where the first half lasted 68 minutes and the losers earned their first ever World Cup point, a bonus, in 18 defeats.

Oct 6, 2015

South American qualifiers start without elite quintet

By Rex Gowar

(Reuters) – Five of South America’s leading players will be missing when the continent’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers kick off this week.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Colombia’s James Rodriguez are injured, while Brazil’s Neymar and Uruguay’s Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are suspended.

Oct 6, 2015

Soccer-South American qualifiers start without elite quintet

Oct 6 (Reuters) – Five of South America’s leading players will be missing when the continent’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers kick off this week.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Colombia’s James Rodriguez are injured, while Brazil’s Neymar and Uruguay’s Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are suspended.

Oct 5, 2015

Self-critical Pumas seeking perfection

LONDON (Reuters) – Scoring five tries against Tonga and creating two more clear chances is a measure of Argentina’s improvement and a warning to opponents if they go on to take their expected place in the Rugby World Cup knockout phase.

The Pumas have evolved from the ’10-man game’ they played in the early World Cups, via the talented and daring 2007 bronze- medal winners, into a modern-looking team capable of beating anyone.

Oct 5, 2015

Rugby-Self-critical Pumas seeking perfection

LONDON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Scoring five tries against Tonga and creating two more clear chances is a measure of Argentina’s improvement and a warning to opponents if they go on to take their expected place in the Rugby World Cup knockout phase.

The Pumas have evolved from the ’10-man game’ they played in the early World Cups, via the talented and daring 2007 bronze- medal winners, into a modern-looking team capable of beating anyone.

Oct 4, 2015

Pumas tame Tonga to bring quarter-finals within sight

LEICESTER, England (Reuters) – Flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez guided Argentina to a 45-16 five-try victory over Tonga on Sunday, setting the Pumas firmly on course for a place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.

The bonus-point win in Leicester lifts the Pumas above Tonga to second place in Pool C, with the Pacific Islanders yet to play group leaders and defending champions New Zealand while Argentina face lowly Namibia as they look to seal passage into the last eight.

Oct 4, 2015

‘I’ll be back for your semi-final,’ Maradona tells Pumas

LEICESTER, England (Reuters) – Diego Maradona set the bar high for Argentina at the Rugby World Cup after watching a 45-16 Pool C victory over Tonga on Sunday that puts them within sight of the quarter-finals.

Argentine football great Maradona went to the changing room after the match at the home of English Premier League side Leicester City to congratulate the Pumas and tell them that all of Argentina is following their progress.

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