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Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Valencia is God’s gift to Ecuador, says Rueda

CUIABA, Brazil, June 22 (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.

Jun 22, 2014

Belgium go through, Algeria enjoy record rout

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Highly-fancied Belgium booked a place in the World Cup last 16 with a late goal in a pedestrian 1-0 win over Russia leaving Algeria to light up Group H by routing South Korea 4-2 with a scoring spree on Sunday.

Belgium teenager Divock Origi became the youngest scorer so far at this tournament when he secured victory with a sharp shot into the roof of the Russia net from Eden Hazard’s devastating run down the left and pinpoint cutback.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Belgium go through, Algeria enjoy record rout

CUIABA, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – Highly-fancied Belgium booked a place in the World Cup last 16 with a late goal in a pedestrian 1-0 win over Russia leaving Algeria to light up Group H by routing South Korea 4-2 with a scoring spree on Sunday.

Belgium teenager Divock Origi became the youngest scorer so far at this tournament when he secured victory with a sharp shot into the roof of the Russia net from Eden Hazard’s devastating run down the left and pinpoint cutback.

Jun 22, 2014

Japan face daunting odds against rampant Colombia

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – The sun could rise again for Japan at the World Cup if they upset Colombia at the Pantanal arena on Tuesday although they will also need the result of the other match on the last day of Group C to go their way.

Colombia have already qualified for the round of 16 with six points after stringing together two wins for the first time in five visits to the finals.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Japan face daunting odds against rampant Colombia

CUIABA, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – The sun could rise again for Japan at the World Cup if they upset Colombia at the Pantanal arena on Tuesday although they will also need the result of the other match on the last day of Group C to go their way.

Colombia have already qualified for the round of 16 with six points after stringing together two wins for the first time in five visits to the finals.

Jun 22, 2014

Odemwingie ends long Nigeria wait, knocks Bosnia out

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Nigeria beat Bosnia 1-0 on Saturday to record their first World Cup finals victory since 1998 and condemn the European team to an early exit in their first appearance at the tournament.

Peter Odemwingie’s 29th-minute goal lifted the African champions to four points from two games, two less than Argentina who they meet in their final Group F match on Wednesday with top spot at stake.

Jun 22, 2014

Odemwingie goal ends long Nigeria wait, Bosnia out

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Nigeria beat Bosnia 1-0 on Saturday to record their first World Cup finals victory since 1998 and condemn the European team to an early exit in their first appearance at the tournament.

Peter Odemwingie’s 29th-minute goal lifted the African champions to four points from two games, two less than Argentina who they meet in the final Group F match on Wednesday with top spot at stake.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Odemwingie goal ends long Nigeria wait, Bosnia out

CUIABA, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) – Nigeria beat Bosnia 1-0 on Saturday to record their first World Cup finals victory since 1998 and condemn the European team to an early exit in their first appearance at the tournament.

Peter Odemwingie’s 29th-minute goal lifted the African champions to four points from two games, two less than Argentina who they meet in the final Group F match on Wednesday with top spot at stake.

Jun 21, 2014

Latin American teams take a grip on Brazil tournament

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Costa Rica’s domination of a group with three former champions and Chile and Colombia’s triumphant march through their first two matches highlights the strength of the Latin American challenge at the World Cup.

A mixture of enhanced coaching and the confidence gained from playing on familiar territory in their own region means they can play an attacking game that comes more naturally to them with the bonus of profiting from their better ball skills.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Latin American teams take a grip on Brazil tournament

CUIABA, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – Costa Rica’s domination of a group with three former champions and Chile and Colombia’s triumphant march through their first two matches highlights the strength of the Latin American challenge at the World Cup.

A mixture of enhanced coaching and the confidence gained from playing on familiar territory in their own region means they can play an attacking game that comes more naturally to them with the bonus of profiting from their better ball skills.

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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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