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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.

Nov 18, 2013

Soccer-Iceland’s Sigthorsson out of World Cup playoff return

ZAGREB, Nov 18 (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.

Nov 17, 2013

Serbia left Ferrari in the garage, says Stepanek

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s decision to leave Novak Djokovic out of the doubles rubber of their Davis Cup final against Czech Republic was “like leaving a Ferrari in the garage”, victorious opponent Radek Stepanek said on Sunday.

The Czechs wrapped up a 3-2 win to retain their title thanks to Stepanek’s crushing straight-sets demolition of the inexperienced Dusan Lajovic in the decisive rubber.

Nov 17, 2013

Tennis-Serbia left Ferrari in the garage, says Stepanek

BELGRADE, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Serbia’s decision to leave Novak Djokovic out of the doubles rubber of their Davis Cup final against Czech Republic was “like leaving a Ferrari in the garage”, victorious opponent Radek Stepanek said on Sunday.

The Czechs wrapped up a 3-2 win to retain their title thanks to Stepanek’s crushing straight-sets demolition of the inexperienced Dusan Lajovic in the decisive rubber.

Nov 17, 2013

Wily Stepanek guides Czechs to another Davis Cup

BELGRADE (Reuters) – The Czech Republic retained their Davis Cup title after Radek Stepanek ruthlessly exploited the inexperience of Dusan Lajovic in the decisive rubber to seal a 3-2 final victory over Novak Djokovic’s Serbia on Sunday.

The Czechs, who became the first nation to retain the Davis Cup since Spain in 2009, lifted the trophy after Stepanek’s 6-3 6-1 6-1 victory amid wild cheers by several hundred visiting fans in the imposing Kombank Arena.

Nov 17, 2013

Tennis-Wily Stepanek guides Czechs to another Davis Cup

BELGRADE, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The Czech Republic retained their Davis Cup title after Radek Stepanek ruthlessly exploited the inexperience of Dusan Lajovic in the decisive rubber to seal a 3-2 final victory over Novak Djokovic’s Serbia on Sunday.

The Czechs, who became the first nation to retain the Davis Cup since Spain in 2009, lifted the trophy after Stepanek’s 6-3 6-1 6-1 victory amid wild cheers by several hundred visiting fans in the imposing Kombank Arena.

Nov 15, 2013

Real and CSKA lead Euroleague’s finest in winning big

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Eight-times Euroleague winners Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow led the way as the established teams celebrated big victories on Friday halfway through the preliminary group stage of the marathon 24-team competition.

CSKA, who have won six titles, crushed 1992 champions Partizan Belgrade 88-46 to bounce back from successive defeats by Fenerbahce Istanbul and Barcelona thanks to a superb performance by their perimeter shooters.

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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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