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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.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-Suarez shows why he deserves ‘world class’ label

June 19 (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.

Jun 18, 2014

Proud Sampaoli hails his Chilean ‘rebels’

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli hailed his team as the ‘rebels’ of the World Cup after they booked their place in the last 16, dumping holders Spain out of the tournament with a 2-0 win at the Maracana stadium.

“I feel very proud of course and especially proud of the players. I don’t know if it is the best victory ever, for me the best victory is always the next one. But I don’t think I will ever forget this win,” he told a news conference.

Jun 18, 2014

Maradona claims he was barred from Maracana

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Not even the ‘Hand of God’ could open the doors to a packed Maracana stadium for Argentina’s World Cup game against Bosnia.

After Pele revealed that he had to listen on the radio in his car to the first half of Brazil’s 0-0 draw with Mexico on Wednesday, due to being stuck in traffic, Diego Maradona has claimed that he was refused entry to a game.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Maradona claims he was barred from Maracana

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 18 (Reuters) – Not even the ‘Hand of God’ could open the doors to a packed Maracana stadium for Argentina’s World Cup game against Bosnia.

After Pele revealed that he had to listen on the radio in his car to the first half of Brazil’s 0-0 draw with Mexico on Wednesday, due to being stuck in traffic, Diego Maradona has claimed that he was refused entry to a game.

Jun 17, 2014

Del Bosque takes criticism, expects response against Chile

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said he accepted the criticism of his team after the 5-1 World Cup mauling by the Netherlands and believes they will react in the right way against Chile on Wednesday.

“Just as we have been showered with praise when we have done well, when we have performed badly it is normal that we are criticized,” Del Bosque told reporters on Tuesday.

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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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