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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.

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.

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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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