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Jun 15, 2014

Drogba inspires Ivory Coast as Japan lose their way

RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) – Two quickfire headed goals from Wilfried Bony and Gervinho helped Ivory Coast recover to beat Japan 2-1 on Saturday as their bid for a first appearance in the World Cup knockout stages got off to a fine start.

The African side trailed to a stunning Keisuke Honda strike in the first half, but the introduction of striker Didier Drogba off the bench proved the catalyst to turn the match on its head after the restart as they scored twice in three minutes.

Jun 13, 2014

Yaya Toure fit for Ivory Coast opener against Japan

RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) – Ivory Coast received a huge fillip ahead of the World Cup opener against Japan as marauding midfield presence Yaya Toure was passed fit to play by coach Sabri Lamouchi ahead of Saturday’s Group C clash.

Toure, the three-times African player of the year, had picked up a hamstring injury in April playing for club side Manchester City as they went on to win the English Premier League title.

Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-Yaya Toure fit for Ivory Coast opener against Japan

RECIFE, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – Ivory Coast received a huge fillip ahead of the World Cup opener against Japan as marauding midfield presence Yaya Toure was passed fit to play by coach Sabri Lamouchi ahead of Saturday’s Group C clash.

Toure, the three-times African player of the year, had picked up a hamstring injury in April playing for club side Manchester City as they went on to win the English Premier League title.

Jun 13, 2014

Prepare well or prepare to fail in north Brazil: expert

RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) – Come prepared with a well thought out acclimatization plan and you will not have to change tactics to play World Cup games in the heat and humidity of northern Brazil, a leading physiologist said on Friday.

After the tournament kicked off in the more temperate southern city of Sao Paolo on Thursday, teams are now heading north where soaring temperatures combine with damp, humid tropical air.

Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-Prepare well or prepare to fail in north Brazil – expert

RECIFE, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – Come prepared with a well thought out acclimatisation plan and you will not have to change tactics to play World Cup games in the heat and humidity of northern Brazil, a leading physiologist said on Friday.

After the tournament kicked off in the more temperate southern city of Sao Paolo on Thursday, teams are now heading north where soaring temperatures combine with damp, humid tropical air.

Jun 6, 2014

Enigma Suarez driven by will to win at all costs

LONDON (Reuters) – Combining game-changing brilliance with headline-grabbing controversy, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez’s last World Cup was his career in microcosm.

In the space of a few weeks in South Africa four years ago, he forged a reputation as a sharp-eyed goal-getter, before joining the tournament’s hall of infamy for a goal line handball that ultimately deprived opponents Ghana a place in the semi-finals.

Jun 6, 2014

Soccer-World-Enigma Suarez driven by will to win at all costs

LONDON, June 6 (Reuters) – Combining game-changing brilliance with headline-grabbing controversy, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez’s last World Cup was his career in microcosm.

In the space of a few weeks in South Africa four years ago, he forged a reputation as a sharp-eyed goal-getter, before joining the tournament’s hall of infamy for a goal line handball that ultimately deprived opponents Ghana a place in the semi-finals.

May 11, 2014

Rodgers hails brilliant Liverpool despite title despair

LONDON (Reuters) – A season that nosedived from hope and belief into dejection and disappointment should be seen as a positive stepping stone, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said on Sunday after settling for second best in the Premier League title race.

Having led the standings heading into the home straight, a campaign that promised to lift the weighty millstone of a 24-year top flight title drought came to a deflating end with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United that counted for nothing.

May 11, 2014

Soccer-Rodgers hails brilliant Liverpool despite title despair

LONDON, May 11 (Reuters) – A season that nosedived from hope and belief into dejection and disappointment should be seen as a positive stepping stone, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said on Sunday after settling for second best in the Premier League title race.

Having led the standings heading into the home straight, a campaign that promised to lift the weighty millstone of a 24-year top flight title drought came to a deflating end with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United that counted for nothing.

May 11, 2014

Clinical Man City wrap up title in style

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City calmly overpowered West Ham United 2-0 to secure their second Premier League title in three seasons in a party atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Liverpool beat Newcastle United 2-1 at Anfield to finish two points behind the champions but goals by Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany sparked wild celebrations at City whose heavyweight squad came out on top at the end of a thrilling and fluctuating title race.