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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.

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.

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