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Jun 18, 2014

Kerzhakov hands Russia draw after Akinfeev gaffe

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Veteran Alexander Kerzhakov scored three minutes after coming on as a substitute to rescue a 1-1 draw for Russia in their World Cup Group H opener against South Korea on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old, sole surviving member of Russia’s last World Cup team in the 2002 finals in Asia, swiveled and struck from inside the six-yard box in the 74th minute after fellow substitute Alan Dzagoev’s shot was parried by goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Kerzhakov hands Russia draw after Akinfeev gaffe

CUIABA, Brazil, June 17 (Reuters) – Veteran Alexander Kerzhakov scored three minutes after coming on as a substitute to rescue a 1-1 draw for Russia in their World Cup Group H opener against South Korea on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old, sole surviving member of Russia’s last World Cup team in the 2002 finals in Asia, swivelled and struck from inside the six-yard box in the 74th minute after fellow substitute Alan Dzagoev’s shot was parried by goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong.

Jun 17, 2014

France benefit from raging Benzema’s return to form

By Rex Gowar

(Reuters) – With the weight of France’s attacking options resting largely on his shoulders in the absence of the injured Franck Ribery, Karim Benzema has made a fine start to the World Cup.

Benzema, who last month helped Real Madrid win their 10th European Cup, came close to a hat-trick in France’s 3-0 Group E win over Honduras on Sunday, scoring twice and causing goalkeeper Noel Valladares to give away an own goal.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-France benefit from raging Benzema’s return to form

June 17 (Reuters) – With the weight of France’s attacking options resting largely on his shoulders in the absence of the injured Franck Ribery, Karim Benzema has made a fine start to the World Cup.

Benzema, who last month helped Real Madrid win their 10th European Cup, came close to a hat-trick in France’s 3-0 Group E win over Honduras on Sunday, scoring twice and causing goalkeeper Noel Valladares to give away an own goal.

Jun 16, 2014

Goalline technology four years too late for Capello

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Frank Lampard’s ‘ghost goal’ against Germany at the 2010 World Cup still does not sit well with former England coach Fabio Capello, who said the positive impact of goalline technology’s introduction was already clear to see in Brazil.

Capello, now in charge of Russia, lamented the fact that the technology was not available to him four years ago when Lampard’s shot hit the underside of the bar and came down behind the German line but the goal was not given by the referee.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Goalline technology four years too late for Capello

CUIABA, Brazil, June 16 (Reuters) – Frank Lampard’s ‘ghost goal’ against Germany at the 2010 World Cup still does not sit well with former England coach Fabio Capello, who said the positive impact of goalline technology’s introduction was already clear to see in Brazil.

Capello, now in charge of Russia, lamented the fact that the technology was not available to him four years ago when Lampard’s shot hit the underside of the bar and came down behind the German line but the goal was not given by the referee.

Jun 16, 2014

Sabella switch reveals Argentina’s true identity

By Rex Gowar

(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 defense.

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).

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      "I returned to Buenos Aires in 2009 after 20 years in London, Paris and Rome as a sports desker and correspondent to look after the international sports file in Latin America. Soccer is the biggest story with the region holding the next World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and there are also good Argentine rugby and tennis stories."
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