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Jun 23, 2014

Hernandez inspires Mexico into last 16 with Croatia win

RECIFE (Reuters) – Javier Hernandez came off the bench to help Mexico reach the last 16 of the World Cup as their watertight defense and swift counter attacks gave them a 3-1 win against Croatia on Monday to emerge from Group A as runners-up behind Brazil.

Mexico, who will face Group B winners Netherlands in Fortaleza on Sunday, had looked happy to hold out for the draw that would have seen them into the knockout stages, before the Manchester United forward came on to turn the match on its head.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Hernandez inspires Mexico into last 16 with Croatia win

RECIFE, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – Javier Hernandez came off the bench to help Mexico reach the last 16 of the World Cup as their watertight defence and swift counter attacks gave them a 3-1 win against Croatia on Monday to emerge from Group A as runners-up behind Brazil.

Mexico, who will face Group B winners Netherlands in Fortaleza on Sunday, had looked happy to hold out for the draw that would have seen them into the knockout stages, before the Manchester United forward came on to turn the match on its head.

Jun 22, 2014

Mexico should be trembling with fear, says Croatia coach

RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) – Like a bullish heavyweight squaring up to his opponent, Croatia coach Niko Kovac claimed Mexican knees should be knocking with fear ahead of their decisive World Cup clash on Monday.

The match in Recife will decide which of the Group A opponents lives to fight another day in the round of 16, with Mexico, who have four points from their opening two games, knowing a draw will enough to see them safely through.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Mexico should be trembling with fear, says Croatia coach

RECIFE, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – Like a bullish heavyweight squaring up to his opponent, Croatia coach Niko Kovac claimed Mexican knees should be knocking with fear ahead of their decisive World Cup clash on Monday.

The match in Recife will decide which of the Group A opponents lives to fight another day in the round of 16, with Mexico, who have four points from their opening two games, knowing a draw will enough to see them safely through.

Jun 21, 2014

Costa Rica stun Italy to reach last-16, England out

RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) – Costa Rica buried predictions of their early demise to emerge into the knockout stages of the World Cup for only the second time with a 1-0 Group D win over Italy on Friday that sent England crashing out.

Forward Bryan Ruiz headed powerfully home a minute before halftime to leave Costa Rica fans dancing in the sunshine at Recife’s Pernambuco arena and mocking those who thought they would be the sacrificial lambs in one of the tournament’s toughest pools.

Jun 21, 2014

Mandzukic and Ochoa set for Recife showdown

RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) – Croatia’s World Cup shootout with Mexico for a spot in the last 16 pitches Mario Mandzukic, a gunslinger who is back among the goals, against Guillermo Ochoa, a goalkeeper who has shown a unique ability to keep his team alive.

Mandzukic, Croatia’s principle attacking weapon, will be looking to add to the two he scored on his return from suspension in their 4-0 win over Cameroon, but the obstacle in his path, Mexico’s maverick shot-stopper Ochoa, has already put up a one-man barricade to keep Brazil at bay on Tuesday.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Mandzukic and Ochoa set for Recife showdown

RECIFE, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) – Croatia’s World Cup shootout with Mexico for a spot in the last 16 pitches Mario Mandzukic, a gunslinger who is back among the goals, against Guillermo Ochoa, a goalkeeper who has shown a unique ability to keep his team alive.

Mandzukic, Croatia’s principle attacking weapon, will be looking to add to the two he scored on his return from suspension in their 4-0 win over Cameroon, but the obstacle in his path, Mexico’s maverick shot-stopper Ochoa, has already put up a one-man barricade to keep Brazil at bay on Tuesday.

Jun 21, 2014

Brazilian youth ‘factories’ belie romantic image

RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) – Brazil is deadly serious about developing young footballers in a factory-like environment, shattering the romantic image of bare-footed youngsters honing their skills on ramshackle streets and sandy beaches.

Young players are the financial lifeblood of Brazilian clubs and the production line that grooms them into saleable assets starts at a tender age.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Brazilian youth ‘factories’ belie romantic image

RECIFE, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) – Brazil is deadly serious about developing young footballers in a factory-like environment, shattering the romantic image of bare-footed youngsters honing their skills on ramshackle streets and sandy beaches.

Young players are the financial lifeblood of Brazilian clubs and the production line that grooms them into saleable assets starts at a tender age.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Costa Rica stun Italy to reach last-16, England out

RECIFE, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – Costa Rica buried predictions of their early demise to emerge into the knockout stages of the World Cup for only the second time with a 1-0 Group D win over Italy on Friday that sent England crashing out.

Forward Bryan Ruiz headed powerfully home a minute before halftime to leave Costa Rica fans dancing in the sunshine at Recife’s Pernambuco arena and mocking those who thought they would be the sacrificial lambs in one of the tournament’s toughest pools.