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May 12, 2014

Soccer-River on brink of title after breaking away jinx

BUENOS AIRES, May 12 (Reuters) – Despite the drizzle and slippery pitch at the Diego Armando Maradona ground, it was a perfect Sunday for River Plate who beat Argentinos Juniors 2-0 to take a two-point lead with one match to go in the Argentine Final championship on Sunday.

It was only River’s second away win of the year after the ‘superclasico’ victory over Boca Juniors eight weeks ago but it took full advantage of Gimnasia’s 2-0 defeat at Quilmes after they had started the day equal-top with River.

May 9, 2014

Soccer-Veron and Heinze set to take final bow in front of home fans

BUENOS AIRES, May 9 (Reuters) – Argentina World Cup veterans Juan Sebastian Veron and Gabriel Heinze will make their last league appearances in front of home fans on Sunday (2000 GMT) before retiring.

It could also be a last La Bombonera match for Boca Juniors idol Juan Roman Riquelme, who helped Argentina reach the World Cup quarter-finals in Germany in 2006, against Lanus on Sunday (2115).

Apr 30, 2014

Soccer-Paraguay’s Nacional upset Libertadores favourites Velez

BUENOS AIRES, April 29 (Reuters) – Favourites Velez Sarsfield were dumped out of the Libertadores Cup by unfancied Nacional of Paraguay, who withstood a ferocious late barrage to reach the last eight for the first time on Tuesday.

In a match full of high drama and controversial incidents, a 2-2 draw at Velez’s El Fortin (fortress) sent Nacional into the quarter-finals with a 3-2 aggregate victory following their 1-0 win in the first leg in Asuncion last week.

Apr 29, 2014

Sabella treads familiar ground with Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – The parallels between Alejandro Sabella and the man he hopes to emulate, 1986 World Cup-winning coach Carlos Bilardo, are enough to convince some fans that the time is ripe for Argentina’s third World Cup success.

The link is Estudiantes, the small club from La Plata who have won the South American Libertadores Cup four times, three with Bilardo as playmaker in the late 1960s and once with Sabella as their coach in 2009.

Apr 29, 2014

Argentina’s ‘Fab Four’ key to team’s success

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Lionel Messi has won every major global title bar the World Cup and Argentina are hoping he will be able to tick that last remaining box with a side considered among the favorites for the title in their biggest rival’s backyard.

If the “Fantastic Quartet” of Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria are on song, Argentina can emerge victorious in Brazil to claim a third World Cup victory.

Apr 29, 2014

Soccer-World-Sabella treads familiar ground with Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, April 29 (Reuters) – The parallels between Alejandro Sabella and the man he hopes to emulate, 1986 World Cup-winning coach Carlos Bilardo, are enough to convince some fans that the time is ripe for Argentina’s third World Cup success.

The link is Estudiantes, the small club from La Plata who have won the South American Libertadores Cup four times, three with Bilardo as playmaker in the late 1960s and once with Sabella as their coach in 2009.

Apr 29, 2014

Soccer-World-Argentina’s ‘Fab Four’ key to team’s success

BUENOS AIRES, April 29 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi has won every major global title bar the World Cup and Argentina are hoping he will be able to tick that last remaining box with a side considered among the favourites for the title in their biggest rival’s backyard.

If the “Fantastic Quartet” of Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria are on song, Argentina can emerge victorious in Brazil to claim a third World Cup victory.

Apr 28, 2014

Boca enjoy best game of year, River fail key away test

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Boca Juniors beat Arsenal 4-2 in their best game of the year while River Plate failed again to match their winning home form with an away victory that would have earned them the joint lead on Sunday.

River, held 1-1 at modest Olimpo, are two points behind leaders Gimnasia who beat relegated former South American champions Argentinos Juniors 2-0 at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium on Saturday.

Apr 28, 2014

Soccer-Boca enjoy best game of year, River fail key away test

BUENOS AIRES, April 27 (Reuters) – Boca Juniors beat Arsenal 4-2 in their best game of the year while River Plate failed again to match their winning home form with an away victory that would have earned them the joint lead on Sunday.

River, held 1-1 at modest Olimpo, are two points behind leaders Gimnasia who beat relegated former South American champions Argentinos Juniors 2-0 at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium on Saturday.

Apr 28, 2014

Colombia need good Teo to show up in Brazil

By Rex Gowar

(Reuters) – With Radamel Falcao battling to regain fitness, Colombia need Teofilo Gutierrez to show the sparkling form he displayed in the qualifiers and shun an impetuous streak that led him to walk out on teams in Turkey, Argentina and Mexico.

Gutierrez, who once pointed a realistic-looking toy gun at angry Racing Club team mates in the dressing room after being sent off, was a perfect foil to Falcao, scoring six goals as Colombia finished second in the South American qualifying group.

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