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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.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Australia’s Cahill makes his mark with stunning strike

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 18 (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.

Jun 18, 2014

Brazil delivering great quotes to go with great goals

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – A World Cup that has delivered fantastic goals in the first round of group games has also produced gems away from the pitch with players and coaches coming up with memorable quotes.

Croatia coach Niko Kovac got the tournament off to a fiery start by blasting the Japanese referee after their defeat by Brazil in the opening match.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Brazil delivering great quotes to go with great goals

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 17 (Reuters) – A World Cup that has delivered fantastic goals in the first round of group games has also produced gems away from the pitch with players and coaches coming up with memorable quotes.

Croatia coach Niko Kovac got the tournament off to a fiery start by blasting the Japanese referee after their defeat by Brazil in the opening match.

Jun 17, 2014

Australia will go on attack against the Dutch, says coach

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Australia will take the fight to the Netherlands in a World Cup David and Goliath clash on Wednesday, even if they go down swinging to the heavier Dutch blows, coach Ange Postecoglou said.

The Australians displayed plenty of determination in an opening 3-1 loss to Chile but find themselves in a different weight class from the other Group B teams that also includes Spain.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Australia will go on attack against the Dutch, says coach

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 17 (Reuters) – Australia will take the fight to the Netherlands in a World Cup David and Goliath clash on Wednesday, even if they go down swinging to the heavier Dutch blows, coach Ange Postecoglou said.

The Australians displayed plenty of determination in an opening 3-1 loss to Chile but find themselves in a different weight class from the other Group B teams that also includes Spain.

Jun 16, 2014

Gone but not forgotten, Fernandao gets World Cup moment

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – He played just one game for Brazil but Fernandao is the player most in the hearts of soccer fans in this gritty port city gathering at a makeshift shrine to honor the swashbuckling striker killed just days before the start of the World Cup.

On an overcast day in Porto Alegre a steady line of mourners stopped to lay flowers or scribble condolences to Fernandao onto the walls of a visitors center in the shadow of Beira Rio stadium which is hosting five World Cup matches before once again becoming the home ground for Internacional.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Gone but not forgotten, Fernandao gets World Cup moment

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 16 (Reuters) – He played just one game for Brazil but Fernandao is the player most in the hearts of soccer fans in this gritty port city gathering at a makeshift shrine to honour the swashbuckling striker killed just days before the start of the World Cup.

On an overcast day in Porto Alegre a steady line of mourners stopped to lay flowers or scribble condolences to Fernandao onto the walls of a visitors centre in the shadow of Beira Rio stadium which is hosting five World Cup matches before once again becoming the home ground for Internacional.