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Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Colombia crush Japan 4-1 to set up Uruguay clash

CUIABA, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) – Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez set up Jackson Martinez for two goals and scored one himself as they thrashed Japan 4-1 to claim top spot in Group C on Tuesday and set up a mouthwatering second-round clash with Uruguay.

Colombia, who are in the last 16 for the first time since 1990 and had never before won three matches at the finals, went ahead with an early Juan Cuadrado penalty at the Pantanal arena.

Jun 25, 2014

Colombia crush Japan 4-1 and next face Uruguay

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Colombia striker Jackson Martinez scored twice as they thrashed Japan 4-1 to maintain their 100 percent record and claim top spot in Group C on Tuesday to set up a mouthwatering second-round clash with Uruguay.

Colombia, who are in the last 16 for the first time since 1990 and had never before won three matches at the finals, went ahead through an early Juan Cuadrado penalty at the Pantanal arena.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Colombia crush Japan 4-1 and next face Uruguay

CUIABA, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) – Colombia striker Jackson Martinez scored twice as they thrashed Japan 4-1 to maintain their 100 percent record and claim top spot in Group C on Tuesday to set up a mouthwatering second-round clash with Uruguay.

Colombia, who are in the last 16 for the first time since 1990 and had never before won three matches at the finals, went ahead through an early Juan Cuadrado penalty at the Pantanal arena.

Jun 24, 2014

Colombia crush Japan to win group, face Uruguay

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Colombia striker Jackson Martinez scored twice as they thrashed Japan 4-1 to maintain their 100 percent record and claim top spot in Group C on Tuesday to set up a second round clash with Uruguay.

Colombia, who are in the last 16 for the first time since 1990, took the lead after 17 minutes when Martinez was brought down by center back Yasuyuki Konno as he raced into the box on the left at the Pantanal arena.

Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-Colombia crush Japan to win group, face Uruguay

CUIABA, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) – Colombia striker Jackson Martinez scored twice as they thrashed Japan 4-1 to maintain their 100 percent record and claim top spot in Group C on Tuesday to set up a second round clash with Uruguay.

Colombia, who are in the last 16 for the first time since 1990, went ahead through an early Juan Cuadrado penalty before Martinez struck twice in the second half and substitute James Rodriguez wrapped up the win with a delightful fourth goal.

Jun 24, 2014

Colombia expect intense attacking game from Japan

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Colombia want to boost their World Cup tally of five goals against Japan on Tuesday and finish the group stage with three wins for the first time, coach Jose Pekerman said.

But he told reporters at the Pantanal arena on Monday his team would be wary of the Asian champions’ need to salvage a disappointing tournament so far with a good win.

Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-Colombia expect intense attacking game from Japan

CUIABA, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – Colombia want to boost their World Cup tally of five goals against Japan on Tuesday and finish the group stage with three wins for the first time, coach Jose Pekerman said.

But he told reporters at the Pantanal arena on Monday his team would be wary of the Asian champions’ need to salvage a disappointing tournament so far with a good win.

Jun 23, 2014

Portugal grab World Cup lifeline, Belgium reach last 16

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal seized a World Cup lifeline with a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw against the United States after highly-fancied Belgium booked a place in the last 16 on Sunday.

Belgium scored in the 88th minute of a pedestrian 1-0 win over Russia leaving Algeria to light up Group H by routing South Korea 4-2.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Portugal grab World Cup lifeline, Belgium reach last 16

CUIABA, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal seized a World Cup lifeline with a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw against the United States after highly-fancied Belgium booked a place in the last 16 on Sunday.

Belgium scored in the 88th minute of a pedestrian 1-0 win over Russia leaving Algeria to light up Group H by routing South Korea 4-2.

Jun 23, 2014

Valencia is God’s gift to Ecuador, says Rueda

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Ecuador have been blessed with the form of striker Enner Valencia since he took on the goal-scoring mantle from the late Christian Benitez last year, coach Reinaldo Rueda said on Sunday.

Valencia has scored all three of Ecuador’s goals in two Group E matches at the World Cup in Brazil, his first in a 2-1 loss to Switzerland followed by two in their 2-1 victory over Honduras that revived their qualifying hopes.

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