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Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-Lack of fresh blood costs ageing Croatia

June 23 (Reuters) – A battling but unimaginative Croatia have discovered that a wealth of experience and not enough youth can only get teams with limited depth so far in a gruelling tournament where the line between success and failure is thin.

Expected by fans to reach the World Cup knockout stages for the first time since 1998 when they finished third, the Croatians slumped to 3-1 defeats by Brazil and Mexico which meant another early exit.

Jun 23, 2014

Bento hanging on maths and U.S.-German honesty

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Portugal are hanging on to a World Cup last-16 berth by their fingernails but will head into the final Group G match with Ghana certain that the U.S. and Germany will not play for the draw that would send both sides through, coach Paolo Bento said.

The Portuguese retained slim chances of progressing after scoring a late equalizer in a pulsating 2-2 draw against the Americans in the Amazonia arena on Sunday.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Bento hanging on maths and U.S.-German honesty

MANAUS, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – Portugal are hanging on to a World Cup last-16 berth by their fingernails but will head into the final Group G match with Ghana certain that the U.S. and Germany will not play for the draw that would send both sides through, coach Paolo Bento said.

The Portuguese retained slim chances of progressing after scoring a late equaliser in a pulsating 2-2 draw against the Americans in the Amazonia arena on Sunday.

Jun 23, 2014

U.S. must recover quickly after Portugal draw: Klinsmann

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Allowing Portugal to snatch a last-gasp 2-2 draw was a blow but the United States must rebound quickly ahead of their final World Cup group match against Germany, coach Juergen Klinsmann said on Sunday.

Klinsmann also said his players had earned the respect of their opponents with a battling performance as they prepare to face the three-times World Cup winners on Thursday in Recife needing at least a point to guarantee a place in the last 16.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-U.S. must recover quickly after Portugal draw – Klinsmann

MANAUS, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – Allowing Portugal to snatch a last-gasp 2-2 draw was a blow but the United States must rebound quickly ahead of their final World Cup group match against Germany, coach Juergen Klinsmann said on Sunday.

Klinsmann also said his players had earned the respect of their opponents with a battling performance as they prepare to face the three-times World Cup winners on Thursday in Recife needing at least a point to guarantee a place in the last 16.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Cold feet freeze Bosnia’s last 16 ambitions

June 22 (Reuters) – Bosnia’s maiden World Cup campaign was barely three minutes old when Sead Kolasinac’s clumsy own goal – the fastest in the tournament’s history – in the opening 2-1 Group F loss to Argentina set the tone for a tame early exit.

Although the Balkan nation had an Edin Dzeko goal wrongly disallowed in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Nigeria which ended their hopes or reaching the last 16, coach Safet Susic found no excuse for performances lacking the zest that got them to the finals.

Jun 22, 2014

Nigeria sink tame Bosnia with stroke of luck

By Zoran Milosavljevic

(Reuters) – Having played entertaining and high-scoring football to qualify for their first World Cup, Bosnia reverted to an unfamiliar defensive strategy and were severely punished for not taking risks against modest opposition on Saturday.

An industrious Nigeria outfit lacking the talent of previous generations was still too good for toothless Bosnia, whose nervy maiden appearance on the big stage ended in a tame exit.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Nigeria sink tame Bosnia with stroke of luck

June 21 (Reuters) – Having played entertaining and high-scoring football to qualify for their first World Cup, Bosnia reverted to an unfamiliar defensive strategy and were severely punished for not taking risks against modest opposition on Saturday.

An industrious Nigeria outfit lacking the talent of previous generations was still too good for toothless Bosnia, whose nervy maiden appearance on the big stage ended in a tame exit.

Jun 20, 2014

Ronaldo key to Portugal recovery as US challenge looms

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – A wounded Portugal, still smarting from a 4-0 defeat by Germany, are fervently hoping that talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo is fit when they take on the United States in their second World Cup Group G game on Sunday.

The thrashing was the biggest ever loss the Portuguese have suffered at a World Cup and their misery deepened as central defender Pepe was sent off while Ronaldo struggled for form as he battled a knee injury.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Ronaldo key to Portugal recovery as US challenge looms

MANAUS, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – A wounded Portugal, still smarting from a 4-0 defeat by Germany, are fervently hoping that talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo is fit when they take on the United States in their second World Cup Group G game on Sunday.

The thrashing was the biggest ever loss the Portuguese have suffered at a World Cup and their misery deepened as central defender Pepe was sent off while Ronaldo struggled for form as he battled a knee injury.

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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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