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Jun 23, 2014

‘Klinsmann Revolution’ making U.S. a high-tempo threat

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – A last gasp equalizer from Portugal stopped the United States from qualifying for the last 16 of the World Cup with a game to spare but the way in which Juergen Klinsmann’s team performed should give them real hope of progressing.

With four points, the U.S. need a win or draw against Germany in their final Group G game to be sure of a place in the second round and while that is a tough task against one of the favorites, there was plenty in the 2-2 draw on Sunday to give cause for optimism for American fans.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-’Klinsmann Revolution’ making U.S. a high-tempo threat

June 23 (Reuters) – A last gasp equaliser from Portugal stopped the United States from qualifying for the last 16 of the World Cup with a game to spare but the way in which Juergen Klinsmann’s team performed should give them real hope of progressing.

With four points, the U.S. need a win or draw against Germany in their final Group G game to be sure of a place in the second round and while that is a tough task against one of the favourites, there was plenty in the 2-2 draw on Sunday to give cause for optimism for American fans.

Jun 22, 2014

Capello still believes after Russia’s ‘undeserved’ loss

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Russia coach Fabio Capello said the 1-0 World Cup defeat by Belgium on Sunday was undeserved and that he still believes his team can progress to the second round.

A Divock Origi goal in the 88th minute gave the Belgians the three points and qualification to the last 16 and left Capello’s team with a solitary point ahead of their final Group H game against Algeria.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Capello still believes after Russia’s ‘undeserved’ loss

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 22 (Reuters) – Russia coach Fabio Capello said the 1-0 World Cup defeat by Belgium on Sunday was undeserved and that he still believes his team can progress to the second round.

A Divock Origi goal in the 88th minute gave the Belgians the three points and qualification to the last 16 and left Capello’s team with a solitary point ahead of their final Group H game against Algeria.

Jun 21, 2014

A little genius undoes Iran’s determined defense

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Individual genius triumphed over collective organization as Lionel Messi’s magnificent stoppage time goal for Argentina cruelly left Iran with nothing after an outstanding defensive display from Carlos Queiroz’s team.

For 90 minutes the Iranians had held firm against one of the tournament favorites and nullified one of the world’s finest players with a superbly disciplined performance.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-A little genius undoes Iran’s determined defence

June 21 (Reuters) – Individual genius triumphed over collective organisation as Lionel Messi’s magnificent stoppage time goal for Argentina cruelly left Iran with nothing after an outstanding defensive display from Carlos Queiroz’s team.

For 90 minutes the Iranians had held firm against one of the tournament favourites and nullified one of the world’s finest players with a superbly disciplined performance.

Jun 21, 2014

Kompany a worry for Belgium ahead of Russian test

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Belgium head into Sunday’s World Cup Group H clash with Russia at the Maracana stadium with a worry over the fitness of skipper Vincent Kompany.

Kompany missed training for the second straight day on Friday while he gets attention to a groin strain picked up late in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Algeria.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Kompany a worry for Belgium ahead of Russian test

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 20 (Reuters) – Belgium head into Sunday’s World Cup Group H clash with Russia at the Maracana stadium with a worry over the fitness of skipper Vincent Kompany.

Kompany missed training for the second straight day on Friday while he gets attention to a groin strain picked up late in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Algeria.

Jun 20, 2014

Confident Costa Rica capable of more surprises yet

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Costa Rica’s qualification for the second round of the World Cup certainly counts as a surprise but nothing about the manner of their 1-0 victory over the Italians on Friday suggests it is lucky or undeserved.

Group D rivals England are eliminated and Italy and Uruguay are left to fight for the second spot after Costa Rica produced another classy and confident display.

Jun 19, 2014

Suarez shows why he deserves ‘world class’ label

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Luis Suarez made his case for inclusion in the debate over the world’s best player with both goals in Uruguay’s 2-1 victory over England as he came back from injury and instantly punished Roy Hodgson’s team.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi can cite better all-round skill and trickery but when it comes to the games most valuable quality of all – putting the ball in the back of the net – Suarez is certainly in their company.

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      "Simon is a Reuters Sports Correspondent based out of Miami and he covers a range of sports including NFL, NBA, US national team and MLS soccer, tennis, West Indies cricket, golf and winter sports. He was the co-author of the best-selling soccer book The Rough Guide to European Football and previously worked in Milan, Italy and Eastern Europe. He was born in Lancashire, England."
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