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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.

Jun 19, 2014

Germany top dogs after Spanish fiasco, says Vlaovic

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Germany are the top contender to win the 2014 World Cup with success now based on speed and dethroned champions Spain’s “tiki-taka” tactics now a relic in modern day football, former Croatia striker Goran Vlaovic told Reuters in an interview.

Vlaovic, who scored one of Croatia’s goals in a famous 3-0 win over the Germans in the 1998 tournament when the Balkan nation finished third, assessed the Spaniards were undone by their own tiki-taka style which had served them so well.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-Germany top dogs after Spanish fiasco, says Vlaovic

MANAUS, Brazil, June 19 (Reuters) – Germany are the top contender to win the 2014 World Cup with success now based on speed and dethroned champions Spain’s “tiki-taka” tactics now a relic in modern day football, former Croatia striker Goran Vlaovic told Reuters in an interview.

Vlaovic, who scored one of Croatia’s goals in a famous 3-0 win over the Germans in the 1998 tournament when the Balkan nation finished third, assessed the Spaniards were undone by their own tiki-taka style which had served them so well.

Jun 19, 2014

Mandzukic return leaves Croatia in confident mood

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Bolstered by the return of suspended striker Mario Mandzukic, Croatia delivered a telling performance in a 4-0 rout of Cameroon and will head into Monday’s clash with Mexico with their tails up.

Having missed the opening 3-1 loss against Brazil, the towering 28-year old hitman scored a brace on his World Cup debut on Wednesday and was a constant threat with his tireless running and presence.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer- Mandzukic return leaves Croatia in confident mood

MANAUS, Brazil, June 19 (Reuters) – Bolstered by the return of suspended striker Mario Mandzukic, Croatia delivered a telling performance in a 4-0 rout of Cameroon and will head into Monday’s clash with Mexico with their tails up.

Having missed the opening 3-1 loss against Brazil, the towering 28-year old hitman scored a brace on his World Cup debut on Wednesday and was a constant threat with his tireless running and presence.

Jun 19, 2014

Croatia thrash 10-man Cameroon in World Cup rout

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Croatia gave themselves a fighting chance of reaching the World Cup knockout phase when they thrashed toothless Cameroon 4-0 on Wednesday, helped by a needless first-half red card for Alex Song as defeat condemned the Africans to an early exit.

Ivica Olic put Croatia ahead after 11 minutes and Ivan Perisic seized on a poor clearance by Cameroon keeper Charles Itandje to race forward and drive in the second after 48.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-Croatia thrash 10-man Cameroon in World Cup rout

MANAUS, Brazil, June 18 (Reuters) – Croatia gave themselves a fighting chance of reaching the World Cup knockout phase for the first time since 1998 when they thrashed toothless Cameroon 4-0 on Wednesday with defeat condemning the Africans to an early tournament exit.

Evergreen striker Ivica Olic put Croatia ahead after 11 minutes and Cameroon, who cannot now qualify from Group A after losing their first two games, were reduced to 10 men five minutes before halftime when Alex Song was shown a straight red for striking Mario Mandzukic.

Jun 19, 2014

Croatia rout 10-man Cameroon to set up Mexico showdown

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Croatia gave themselves a fighting chance of reaching the World Cup knockout phase when they thrashed toothless Cameroon 4-0 on Wednesday, helped by a needless first-half red card for Alex Song as defeat condemned the Africans to an early exit.

Ivica Olic put Croatia ahead after 11 minutes and Ivan Perisic seized on a poor clearance by Cameroon keeper Charles Itandje to race forward and drive in the second after 48.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Croatia rout 10-man Cameroon to set up Mexico showdown

MANAUS, Brazil, June 18 (Reuters) – Croatia gave themselves a fighting chance of reaching the World Cup knockout phase when they thrashed toothless Cameroon 4-0 on Wednesday, helped by a needless first-half red card for Alex Song as defeat condemned the Africans to an early exit.

Ivica Olic put Croatia ahead after 11 minutes and Ivan Perisic seized on a poor clearance by Cameroon keeper Charles Itandje to race forward and drive in the second after 48.

Jun 18, 2014

Dream comes true for battering ram Mandzukic

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Luka Modric may be Croatia’s midfield dynamo but striker Mario Mandzukic is their cutting edge and his absence through suspension was sorely felt in their opening 3-1 Group A defeat by hosts Brazil.

Having been sent off in the 2-0 qualifying playoff win over Iceland in November, the 28-year-old hitman could only watch helplessly from the bench as the Croatians surrendered an early lead not helped by a controversial penalty given against them.

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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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