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Nov 22, 2013

Unbeaten Euroleague trio advance to Top 16

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Olympiakos Piraeus, Real Madrid and Fenerbahce Istanbul stormed into the Euroleague Top 16 with four games to spare after stretching their perfect starts to six wins in the preliminary group stage on Friday.

Playmaker Vassilis Spanoulis led holders Olympiakos to an 82-74 victory at Unicaja Malaga of Spain, Croatia forward Bojan Bogdanovic steered dark horses Fenerbahce to an 84-68 home win over Budivelnik Kiev and Real Madrid brushed aside Zalgiris Kaunas 95-67.

Nov 20, 2013

Suspension will not affect Mandzukic selection – Kovac

ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic remains a strong favourite to be included in the Balkan nation’s World Cup squad despite facing a ban for his red card during the 2-0 playoff win over Iceland.

Mandzukic opened the scoring in the 27th minute of Tuesday’s second leg but was shown a straight red card for a wild challenge on Johann Gudmundsson shortly before halftime.

Nov 20, 2013

Soccer-Suspension will not affect Mandzukic selection – Kovac

ZAGREB, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic remains a strong favourite to be included in the Balkan nation’s World Cup squad despite facing a ban for his red card during the 2-0 playoff win over Iceland.

Mandzukic opened the scoring in the 27th minute of Tuesday’s second leg but was shown a straight red card for a wild challenge on Johann Gudmundsson shortly before halftime.

Nov 20, 2013

Mandzukic blushes spared as Croatia freeze out Iceland

ZAGREB (Reuters) – Mario Mandzukic was able to breathe the biggest sigh of relief after Croatia sealed a World Cup berth with a 2-0 win over Iceland on Tuesday despite the striker receiving his marching orders for a vicious tackle in the first half.

Having given Croatia a 27th-minute lead in the second leg of their playoff after the sides had played out a goalless draw in Rejkyavik, Mandzukic was dismissed 10 minutes later for a studs-up lunge into Johann Gudmundsson’s groin.

Nov 20, 2013

Soccer-Mandzukic blushes spared as Croatia freeze out Iceland

ZAGREB, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Mario Mandzukic was able to breathe the biggest sigh of relief after Croatia sealed a World Cup berth with a 2-0 win over Iceland on Tuesday despite the striker receiving his marching orders for a vicious tackle in the first half.

Having given Croatia a 27th-minute lead in the second leg of their playoff after the sides had played out a goalless draw in Rejkyavik, Mandzukic was dismissed 10 minutes later for a studs-up lunge into Johann Gudmundsson’s groin.

Nov 19, 2013

Mandzukic and Srna steer Croatia to World Cup

ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatia hit top gear at crunch time to beat Iceland 2-0 in the return leg of their World Cup playoff on Tuesday and qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil despite playing nearly an hour with 10 men.

Striker Mandzukic gave the Croatians a 27th-minute lead before he was sent off for a vicious foul on Johann Gudmundsson but captain Darijo Srna sealed their berth in next year’s 32-nation tournament shortly after the break, following a goalless stalemate in the reverse fixture in Reykjavik on Friday.

Nov 19, 2013

Soccer-Mandzukic and Srna steer Croatia to World Cup

ZAGREB, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Croatia hit top gear at crunch time to beat Iceland 2-0 in the return leg of their World Cup playoff on Tuesday and qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil despite playing nearly an hour with 10 men.

Striker Mandzukic gave the Croatians a 27th-minute lead before he was sent off for a vicious foul on Johann Gudmundsson but captain Darijo Srna sealed their berth in next year’s 32-nation tournament shortly after the break, following a goalless stalemate in the reverse fixture in Reykjavik on Friday.

Nov 19, 2013

Mandzukic, Srna lead 10-man Croatia to World Cup

ZAGREB (Reuters) – Ten-man Croatia reached next year’s World Cup finals after goals from striker Mario Mandzukic and captain Darijo Srna secured a 2-0 aggregate win over Iceland in an action-packed return leg of their playoff on Tuesday.

Mandzukic opened the scoring with a clinical goal in the 27th minute but was sent off for a vicious foul on Johann Gudmundsson shortly before halftime, raising concerns that Croatia might fail to qualify for next year’s tournament after missing out on the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Nov 19, 2013

Soccer-Mandzukic, Srna lead 10-man Croatia to World Cup

ZAGREB, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Ten-man Croatia reached next year’s World Cup finals after goals from striker Mario Mandzukic and captain Darijo Srna secured a 2-0 aggregate win over Iceland in an action-packed return leg of their playoff on Tuesday.

Mandzukic opened the scoring with a clinical goal in the 27th minute but was sent off for a vicious foul on Johann Gudmundsson shortly before halftime, raising concerns that Croatia might fail to qualify for next year’s tournament after missing out on the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Nov 18, 2013

Iceland’s Sigthorsson out of World Cup playoff return

ZAGREB (Reuters) – Iceland striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson will miss the World Cup playoff second leg against Croatia on Tuesday with an ankle injury, said coach Lars Lagerback.

The Ajax Amsterdam player’s absence is a big blow for Iceland after the first leg in Rejkyavik ended in a goalless draw.

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      "I've been a sports reporter since 1996, having started in the news business as a Serbian-English translator in 1990. I am based in my hometown Belgrade, Serbia and my current job involves covering various top-level sports events at home and abroad."
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