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Injured Di Maria ruled out of Argentina's semifinal match

Jul 7, 2014

Injured Di Maria ruled out of Argentina's semifinal match

Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria has been ruled out of the World Cup semifinal against the Netherlands with a thigh injury while striker Sergio Aguero has been declared fit to play after recovering from a similar problem. Di Maria limped off the field in ...

Brazil tries to look forward

Jul 7, 2014

Brazil tries to look forward

Still coping with the loss of its biggest star, Brazil is trying to find ways to remain upbeat about its prospects at the World Cup. The medical helicopter that took Neymar home with a back injury also carried away much of the country’s hopes ...

Van Gaal sings praises of spirited Netherlands squad

Jul 7, 2014

Van Gaal sings praises of spirited Netherlands squad

Louis van Gaal says his Netherlands team is the most driven group of players he has ever worked with. That’s quite a compliment coming from a 62-year-old coach who has won the Champions League with Ajax and the Spanish and German leagues with Barcelona ...

Neymar says World Cup dream still alive

Jul 6, 2014

Neymar says World Cup dream still alive

Brazil star Neymar says his World Cup may be over because of a fractured vertebra but his World Cup dream of celebrating the title with his teammates at the Maracana Stadium next Sunday is still alive. In a video released by the Brazilian soccer ...

Argentina reaches World Cup semifinals

Jul 6, 2014

Argentina reaches World Cup semifinals

Gonzalo Higuain’s first goal of this World Cup sent Argentina into the semifinals on Saturday with a 1-0 win over a disappointing Belgium. Argentina, which hadn’t advanced past the World Cup quarterfinals since 1990, controlled the match after Higuain’s eighth minute goal, more due ...

Germany ousts France

Jul 5, 2014

Germany ousts France

It just wouldn’t be the World Cup without Germany in the semifinals. Harnessing all their big-game experience, the Germans delivered a performance of maturity and efficiency to hold off France 1-0 on Friday and become the first team to reach four straight semifinals in ...

Jul 5, 2014

FIFA exec's son denies scalp claim

The son of FIFA senior vice president Julio Grondona has denied claims he illegally sold a World Cup ticket for profit. Brazilian police are investigating a ticket scalping operation and have made 11 arrests this week, bringing the issue to public attention. Humberto Grondona ...

Neymar ruled out of World Cup with back injury

Jul 5, 2014

Neymar ruled out of World Cup with back injury

Brazil forward Neymar has been ruled out of the World Cup after fracturing a vertebra in his back in the closing stages of the 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia on Friday in a major blow to the host nation. Neymar, who has scored four ...