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Jun 25, 2014

France top group, 10-man Ecuador out after draw

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – France took top spot in World Cup Group E while 10-man Ecuador were eliminated after a sprightly 0-0 draw at the Maracana stadium on Wednesday.

Switzerland, who beat Honduras 3-0, took second spot and will play Argentina in the last 16 while the French will face Nigeria.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-France top group, 10-man Ecuador out after draw

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 25 (Reuters) – France took top spot in World Cup Group E while 10-man Ecuador were eliminated after a sprightly 0-0 draw at the Maracana stadium on Wednesday.

Switzerland, who beat Honduras 3-0, took second spot and will play Argentina in the last 16 while the French will face Nigeria.

Jun 25, 2014

Mancini early favorite to be next Italy coach

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Former Inter Milan and Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has emerged as the early favorite to be the next Italy coach after Cesare Prandelli resigned following the Azzurri’s World Cup exit on Tuesday.

Italy’s 1-0 defeat by Uruguay sent them out of the tournament following a loss to Costa Rica and a win over England in Group D and Prandelli said he took responsibility for the failure.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Mancini early favourite to be next Italy coach

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 25 (Reuters) – Former Inter Milan and Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has emerged as the early favourite to be the next Italy coach after Cesare Prandelli resigned following the Azzurri’s World Cup exit on Tuesday.

Italy’s 1-0 defeat by Uruguay sent them out of the tournament following a loss to Costa Rica and a win over England in Group D and Prandelli said he took responsibility for the failure.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-No question of a convenient draw with Germany says Klinsmann

June 23 (Reuters) – United States coach Juergen Klinsmann says there is no question of a ‘convenient’ draw between his team and Germany in the final Group G game on Thursday.

Both Klinsmann’s current team and his former national side would qualify to the second round with a point and the situation has prompted some to recall an infamous game from the 1982 World Cup.

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.

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