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Loss to Germany doesn't keep U.S. from advancing

Jun 27, 2014

Loss to Germany doesn't keep U.S. from advancing

With Thomas Mueller in a perfect position to pounce on a rebound, American cheers for yet another spectacular Tim Howard save didn’t last long. The U.S. goalkeeper was unable to cut down the angle after diving to punch away a deflected ball, and Mueller ...

Ronaldo scores at last, but too late to help Portugal

Jun 27, 2014

Ronaldo scores at last, but too late to help Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo finally made his mark at the 2014 World Cup — but it came too late to spare Portugal an early exit from Brazil. The world player of the year broke his scoring drought at the tournament with an 80th-minute winner in Portugal’s ...

Jun 26, 2014

FIFA gives Suarez four-month ban for biting opponent

FIFA on Thursday banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from all soccer activities for four months for biting an opponent at the World Cup, ruling him out of the rest of the tournament and the start of the upcoming Premier League season. The ban also ...

Messi dazzles as Argentina tops Nigeria to make last 16

Jun 26, 2014

Messi dazzles as Argentina tops Nigeria to make last 16

Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in their last World Cup group match on Wednesday, with Lionel Messi and Ahmed Musa scoring two goals each before Marcos Rojo kneed in the winner. Argentina won Group F while Nigeria also advanced despite the loss, becoming the first ...

France tops group despite scoreless draw with Ecuador

Jun 26, 2014

France tops group despite scoreless draw with Ecuador

France’s much-vaunted attack missed a series of chances as it drew 0-0 with 10-man Ecuador to reach the knockout stage of the World Cup on Wednesday, while the South Americans bowed out of the tournament. France, which ended with seven points, had scored eight ...

Zaccheroni steps down after Japan's poor World Cup showing

Jun 26, 2014

Zaccheroni steps down after Japan's poor World Cup showing

Alberto Zaccheroni quit as Japan coach in the wake of the Asian champion’s disappointing group-stage exit at the World Cup, saying the team needed a fresh influence. Zaccheroni, who was appointed in 2010 on a four-year contract, announced the decision on Wednesday after earlier ...

Honda vows to fight on despite defeat

Jun 25, 2014

Honda vows to fight on despite defeat

No matter how tough the going gets, Keisuke Honda never shows signs of defeat, a testament to the Japanese international’s mental strength. But on Tuesday, after Colombia’s Jackson Martinez put the game out of Japan’s reach with his second goal in the 82nd minute, ...

Zaccheroni left with regrets

Jun 25, 2014

Zaccheroni left with regrets

by Gus Fielding

Coach Alberto Zaccheroni conceded he must share the blame for Japan’s failure to make their mark at the two most important competitions of his four-year tenure after the Samurai Blue were dumped out of the World Cup in the first round on Tuesday. Zaccheroni, ...

Neymar says he feels no pressure at World Cup

Jun 25, 2014

Neymar says he feels no pressure at World Cup

Neymar feels he has nothing to worry about at the World Cup. He is playing in the biggest tournament of his life the same way he played in tournaments in Brazil when he was a teenager. And it’s a simple secret that keeps him ...

Jun 25, 2014

Suarez bite pays off for gamblers

While Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini reacted with horror to being bitten by Uruguay striker Luis Suarez in their World Cup match on Tuesday, a handful of gamblers in Scandinavia were celebrating as their unlikely bet came up trumps. Online bookmaker Betsafe had been offering ...