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Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-Scoring touch deserts Algeria at wrong time

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 30 (Reuters) – Algeria saw their dreams of a World Cup quarter-final disappear like a mirage on Monday after a 2-1 loss in extra time to Germany, leaving defender Madjid Bougherra to rue what might have been had the Desert Foxes’ scoring touch not deserted them.

Determined defending and the brilliant goalkeeping of Rais Mbolhi had kept Germany at bay in a scoreless 90 minutes, while Algeria had several chances to put the game away and claim the biggest upset of the tournament so far.

Jul 1, 2014

Loew says World Cup ‘not a stroll in the park’ after tight win

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany coach Joachim Loew brushed aside criticism that his team are a far-cry from winning a fourth World Cup after they struggled to a 2-1 extra-time last 16 win over outsiders Algeria on Monday.

“It’s not a stroll in the park in the World Cup,” Loew told German TV. “There are always some matches like this in a tournament where you have teams that fight hard, where the opponents are defending really tough and playing aggressively.”

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Loew says World Cup ‘not a stroll in the park’ after tight win

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 30 (Reuters) – Germany coach Joachim Loew brushed aside criticism that his team are a far-cry from winning a fourth World Cup after they struggled to a 2-1 extra-time last 16 win over outsiders Algeria on Monday.

“It’s not a stroll in the park in the World Cup,” Loew told German TV. “There are always some matches like this in a tournament where you have teams that fight hard, where the opponents are defending really tough and playing aggressively.”

Jun 29, 2014

Homework done, Germany ready for Algerian test

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany coach Joachim Loew admitted he might not know the names of the Algeria players his team will face in a World Cup second-round match on Monday but he has seen enough of their tenacious style to know it will be a tough game.

The Algerians have been one of the surprise packages of the tournament, reaching to the knockout stage for the first time. But Loew said the Germans have done their homework and know exactly what to expect from North Africans at Beira Rio stadium.

Jun 29, 2014

Soccer-Homework done, Germany ready for Algerian test

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 29 (Reuters) – Germany coach Joachim Loew admitted he might not know the names of the Algeria players his team will face in a World Cup second-round match on Monday but he has seen enough of their tenacious style to know it will be a tough game.

The Algerians have been one of the surprise packages of the tournament, reaching to the knockout stage for the first time. But Loew said the Germans have done their homework and know exactly what to expect from North Africans at Beira Rio stadium.

Jun 28, 2014

U.S. finally embraces soccer’s charms

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – After a long and sometimes arduous courtship, soccer has finally revealed its charms to Americans who have embraced the World Cup in record numbers.

With the United States through to the knockout phase and interest and television ratings soaring, soccer can rightfully claim a place at the American sporting table.

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-U.S. finally embraces soccer’s charms

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 28 (Reuters) – After a long and sometimes arduous courtship, soccer has finally revealed its charms to Americans who have embraced the World Cup in record numbers.

With the United States through to the knockout phase and interest and television ratings soaring, soccer can rightfully claim a place at the American sporting table.

Jun 25, 2014

Messi fires Argentina, Nigeria also advance

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Lionel Messi scored twice to inspire Argentina to a thrilling 3-2 win over Nigeria on Wednesday which clinched top spot in World Cup Group F and sent home an army of Sky Blue supporters with smiles on their faces.

The few Nigerian fans in the crowd also left happy because their team advanced to the knockout phase thanks to Bosnia’s 3-1 win over Iran.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Messi fires Argentina, Nigeria also advance

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 25 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi scored twice to inspire Argentina to a thrilling 3-2 win over Nigeria on Wednesday which clinched top spot in World Cup Group F and sent home an army of Sky Blue supporters with smiles on their faces.

The few Nigerian fans in the crowd also left happy because their team advanced to the knockout phase thanks to Bosnia’s 3-1 win over Iran.

Jun 24, 2014

Nigeria offers greetings not gifts to birthday boy Messi

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi offered birthday boy Lionel Messi best wishes on Tuesday but warned the Argentine to expect no gifts from the Super Eagles who will be fighting for their World Cup lives when the two sides meet in a Group F clash.

While Argentina have already clinched their place in the last 16, the Nigerians enter Wednesday’s match at Beira Rio stadium with their fate in their own hands, a draw enough to guarantee they will make the knockout phase.