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Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Brazil to roll out armoured welcome wagon for Argentina

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – Authorities showed off the new welcome wagon they plan to roll out if necessary as Porto Alegre braced on Monday for an Argentinean invasion for their final World Cup Group F match against Nigeria.

Looking like an armour-plated motor home, the local military brigade offered reporters a close-up look at the massive vehicle that comes equipped with a water jet which can reach up to 60 metres in distance and cameras that allow recording images in its surroundings.

Jun 22, 2014

Algeria beat South Korea 4-2 to close in on last 16

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Algeria opened the goal scoring floodgates swamping South Korea 4-2 in a thrilling World Cup Group H clash on Sunday that kept hopes of securing a spot in the last 16 alive and triggered celebrations across the Arab nation.

Algeria’s first World Cup victory since 1982 moved them into second place in the group on three points behind Belgium, who beat Russia 1-0 earlier in the day to top the standings on six.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Algeria beat South Korea 4-2 to close in on last 16

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – Algeria opened the goal scoring floodgates swamping South Korea 4-2 in a thrilling World Cup Group H clash on Sunday that kept hopes of securing a spot in the last 16 alive and triggered celebrations across the Arab nation.

Algeria’s first World Cup victory since 1982 moved them into second place in the group on three points behind Belgium, who beat Russia 1-0 earlier in the day to top the standings on six.

Jun 22, 2014

No crystal ball necessary for Korean Octopus

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Lee Young-pyo, a former South Korean player turned broadcaster, has created a stir in his homeland for his uncanny success at predicting World Cup winners in Brazil.

Lee has become so accurate with this tips that Koreans have dubbed him “Young-pyo the Octopus,” after the clairvoyant cephalopod named Paul that became a global celebrity for picking winners at the 2010 World Cup.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-No crystal ball necessary for Korean Octopus

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) – Lee Young-pyo, a former South Korean player turned broadcaster, has created a stir in his homeland for his uncanny success at predicting World Cup winners in Brazil.

Lee has become so accurate with this tips that Koreans have dubbed him “Young-pyo the Octopus,” after the clairvoyant cephalopod named Paul that became a global celebrity for picking winners at the 2010 World Cup.

Jun 20, 2014

Algeria ready to turn goal trickle into flood

PORTO ALGERE Brazil (Reuters) – Algeria scored their first World Cup goal in 28 years in their opener and will hope the offensive floodgates have opened in a crucial Group H match against a leaky South Korea on Sunday.

With dark horse Belgium sitting atop the group standings and Russia and Korea joint second after an opening 1-1 draw, Algeria will be fighting for their World Cup lives on Sunday at Porto Alegre’s Beira Rio stadium.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Algeria ready to turn goal trickle into flood

PORTO ALGERE, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – Algeria scored their first World Cup goal in 28 years in their opener and will hope the offensive floodgates have opened in a crucial Group H match against a leaky South Korea on Sunday.

With dark horse Belgium sitting atop the group standings and Russia and Korea joint second after an opening 1-1 draw, Algeria will be fighting for their World Cup lives on Sunday at Porto Alegre’s Beira Rio stadium.

Jun 18, 2014

Dutch settle another old score with win over Australia

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – After exacting revenge against holders Spain in their World Cup opener the Netherlands turned their sights on settling an old score with Australia, finally getting the better of the Socceroos on a sunny Wednesday at Beira Rio stadium.

The Dutch had not beaten Australia in three previous meetings but that oversight was corrected with a thrilling 3-2 World Cup Group B win secured by a long-range strike from substitute Memphis Depay.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Dutch settle another old score with win over Australia

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 18 (Reuters) – After exacting revenge against holders Spain in their World Cup opener the Netherlands turned their sights on settling an old score with Australia, finally getting the better of the Socceroos on a sunny Wednesday at Beira Rio stadium.

The Dutch had not beaten Australia in three previous meetings but that oversight was corrected with a thrilling 3-2 World Cup Group B win secured by a long-range strike from substitute Memphis Depay.

Jun 18, 2014

Australia’s Cahill makes his mark with stunning strike

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Australia’s Tim Cahill earned a place in World Cup folklore on Wednesday with a spectacular goal, signing off in style in what was most likely his last appearance at this level.

Cahill struck a spectacular left-foot volley in the first half to put Australia level with the Netherlands, the highlight of a thrilling game which the Dutch won 3-2.