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Jul 8, 2014

Four key battles in Netherlands vs Argentina World Cup semi-final

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Here are four key battles in the World Cup semi-final between Netherlands and Argentina at the Corinthians arena on Wednesday.

Netherlands winger Arjen Robben vs Argentina full back Marcos Rojo:

Stopping Robben will be the main task for the South Americans and will require much more than the efforts of Rojo. But the Sporting Lisbon defender will have a key role in limiting the effectiveness of the Bayern man on the Dutch right.

Jul 8, 2014

Soccer-Four key battles in Netherlands v Argentina World Cup semi-final

SAO PAULO, July 8 (Reuters) – Here are four key battles in the World Cup semi-final between Netherlands and Argentina at the Corinthians arena on Wednesday.

Netherlands winger Arjen Robben v Argentina full back Marcos Rojo:

Stopping Robben will be the main task for the South Americans and will require much more than the efforts of Rojo. But the Sporting Lisbon defender will have a key role in limiting the effectiveness of the Bayern man on the Dutch right.

Jul 7, 2014

All eyes on Messi and Robben with Rio in sight

SAO PAULO Brazil (Reuters) – The Netherlands are one win away from a second straight World Cup final while opponents Argentina head into Wednesday’s last-four clash looking to end their 24-year wait for a place in the biggest game of all.

Two teams with a rich tradition and an abundance of motivation should produce a close game, characterized by tight marking, disciplined defense and threats on the break as they bid to reach the July 13 final at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana.

Jul 7, 2014

Preview – All eyes on Messi and Robben with Rio in sight

SAO PAULO Brazil (Reuters) – The Netherlands are one win away from a second straight World Cup final while opponents Argentina head into Wednesday’s last-four clash looking to end their 24-year wait for a place in the biggest game of all.

Two teams with a rich tradition and an abundance of motivation should produce a close game, characterised by tight marking, disciplined defence and threats on the break as they bd to reach the July 13 final at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana.

Jul 7, 2014

Soccer-All eyes on Messi and Robben with Rio in sight

SAO PAULO, Brazil, July 7 (Reuters) – The Netherlands are one win away from a second straight World Cup final while opponents Argentina head into Wednesday’s last-four clash looking to end their 24-year wait for a place in the biggest game of all.

Two teams with a rich tradition and an abundance of motivation should produce a close game, characterised by tight marking, disciplined defence and threats on the break as they bd to reach the July 13 final at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana.

Jul 7, 2014

Messi, Van Persie have rich history to live up to

SAO PAULO Brazil (Reuters) – If the past is any guide, we should be in for something memorable on Wednesday in Sao Paulo when the Netherlands meet Argentina in the World Cup semi-final at the Corinthians arena.

In their four World Cup meetings the two nations have produced some unforgettable football, leaving Lionel Messi and Robin van Persie with plenty to live up to.

Jul 7, 2014

Soccer-Messi, Van Persie have rich history to live up to

SAO PAULO, Brazil, July 6 (Reuters) – If the past is any guide, we should be in for something memorable on Wednesday in Sao Paulo when the Netherlands meet Argentina in the World Cup semi-final at the Corinthians arena.

In their four World Cup meetings the two nations have produced some unforgettable football, leaving Lionel Messi and Robin van Persie with plenty to live up to.

Jul 6, 2014

Costa Rican fans didn’t celebrate penalties for long

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – There was something jarring about Costa Rica fans celebrating their team taking the Netherlands into penalties in their World Cup quarter-final on Saturday after a goalless 120 minutes.

The shootout, while it may be dramatic viewing, should be a last-resort to separate the teams rather than achievement to be celebrated.

Jul 3, 2014

Donovan slams Klinsmann’s tactics after U.S. exit

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Landon Donovan, the United States’ record scorer who was left out of the World Cup squad, has criticized coach Juergen Klinsmann’s tactics during their campaign which ended with a 2-1 second round extra-time defeat by Belgium.

Klinsmann’s decision not to include 32-year-old Donovan in his 23-man squad surprised many fans and pundits and increased speculation that the pair did not see eye-to-eye.

Jul 3, 2014

Soccer-Donovan slams Klinsmann’s tactics after U.S. exit

July 3 (Reuters) – Landon Donovan, the United States’ record scorer who was left out of the World Cup squad, has criticised coach Juergen Klinsmann’s tactics during their campaign which ended with a 2-1 second round extra-time defeat by Belgium.

Klinsmann’s decision not to include 32-year-old Donovan in his 23-man squad surprised many fans and pundits and increased speculation that the pair did not see eye-to-eye.

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