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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.

Jun 18, 2014

Fit Modric and debutant Mandzukic to lead Croatia charge

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Midfielder Luka Modric and available-again striker Mario Mandzukic will spearhead Croatia’s effort to keep alive their hopes of reaching the World Cup last 16 when they face Cameroon on Wednesday, coach Niko Kovac said.

Modric has recovered from a foot injury he sustained in the opening 3-1 Group A defeat by Brazil while Mandzukic will make his World Cup debut after serving a one-match ban for being sent off in the second leg of Croatia’s playoff win over Iceland.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Dream comes true for battering ram Mandzukic

MANAUS, Brazil, June 17 (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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