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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.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Fit Modric and debutant Mandzukic to lead Croatia charge

MANAUS, Brazil, June 17 (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 17, 2014

Cagey Susic reluctant to unleash Bosnia’s attacking talent

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Bosnia will be happy with a draw against Nigeria and will not take too many risks even if a share of the spoils leaves their progress from Group F into the last 16 hanging by a thread, coach Safet Susic said on Tuesday.

Should they fail to beat Nigeria in Cuiaba on Saturday, the Bosnians, who lost their opening game to Argentina 2-1, will almost certainly have to defeat Iran in their final match and hope that other results go their way.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Cagey Susic reluctant to unleash Bosnia’s attacking talent

MANAUS, Brazil, June 17 (Reuters) – Bosnia will be happy with a draw against Nigeria and will not take too many risks even if a share of the spoils leaves their progress from Group F into the last 16 hanging by a thread, coach Safet Susic said on Tuesday.

Should they fail to beat Nigeria in Cuiaba on Saturday, the Bosnians, who lost their opening game to Argentina 2-1, will almost certainly have to defeat Iran in their final match and hope that other results go their way.

Jun 16, 2014

Wounded lions headed for survival clash in Amazon

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions must improve on a toothless display in their opening match when they face Croatia in the hot and humid Amazon city of Manaus in Group A on Wednesday while having to cope with the loss of pack leader Samuel Eto’o.

The four-time African Footballer of the Year has been ruled out of the clash due to a knee injury.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Wounded lions headed for survival clash in Amazon

MANAUS, Brazil, June 16 (Reuters) – Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions must improve on a toothless display in their opening match when they face Croatia in the hot and humid Amazon city of Manaus in Group A on Wednesday while having to cope with the loss of pack leader Samuel Eto’o.

The four-time African Footballer of the Year has been ruled out of the clash due to a knee injury.

Jun 15, 2014

Crunch time beckons for England as stalwarts falter

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – England’s stalwarts couldn’t match the pace of guile of the team’s young lions in Saturday’s 2-1 Group D defeat by Italy, raising questions about whether players such as captain Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney should still be automatic starters.

Some of England’s much improved build-up play was in stark contrast to a toothless display against the same opposition in the Euro 2012 quarterfinals, when Italy won on penalties after thoroughly dominating a goalless encounter.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Crunch time beckons for England as stalwarts falter

MANAUS, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) – England’s stalwarts couldn’t match the pace of guile of the team’s young lions in Saturday’s 2-1 Group D defeat by Italy, raising questions about whether players such as captain Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney should still be automatic starters.

Some of England’s much improved build-up play was in stark contrast to a toothless display against the same opposition in the Euro 2012 quarterfinals, when Italy won on penalties after thoroughly dominating a goalless encounter.

Jun 15, 2014

My tactics worked says Prandelli after Italy sink England

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Italy coach Cesare Prandelli was generous in his praise of an improving England side but said his tactical approach had paid off with the 2-1 victory in Group D on Saturday.

“Our logic was that we don’t have players who are as powerful as England’s but we have technically skilled players and in the first half we had better ball possession,” said the Italy coach, whose team won thanks to a 50th minute Mario Balotelli header.

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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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