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Klose equals scoring record as Germany draws with Ghana

Jun 22, 2014

Klose equals scoring record as Germany draws with Ghana

Miroslav Klose rescued a point for Germany, and equaled the World Cup scoring record in the process. Germany was held to an entertaining 2-2 draw by Ghana on Saturday and needed Klose’s second-half equalizer to avoid another second-game letdown that has plagued the team ...

Nigeria sends Bosnia packing

Jun 22, 2014

Nigeria sends Bosnia packing

Nigeria eliminated Bosnia-Herzegovina from World Cup contention with a 1-0 win Saturday, with Peter Odemwingie’s first-half goal getting the African champions closer to the knockout stage. Odemwingie sealed Nigeria’s first victory at a World Cup since 1998 — spanning 10 matches — by finishing ...

Exuberant Costa Rica turns heads at World Cup

Jun 21, 2014

Exuberant Costa Rica turns heads at World Cup

Had Costa Rica been a less resilient team, it might still be stewing over referee Enrique Osses’ refusal to award a penalty when explosive striker Joel Campbell was taken down in the area. Instead, the Ticos mounted another of their numerous raids on Italy’s ...

Kagawa accepts fate

Jun 21, 2014

Kagawa accepts fate

by Gus Fielding

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has admitted he deserved to start on the bench in Thursday’s 0-0 draw against Greece after struggling in Japan’s opening game at the World Cup. Although coach Alberto Zaccheroni told reporters after the Greece match that his decision to ...

Valencia lifts Ecuador past Honduras

Jun 21, 2014

Valencia lifts Ecuador past Honduras

A little under a year after the sudden death of star striker Christian Benitez, Ecuador has unearthed a new goal-scoring dynamo. Enner Valencia’s two calmly taken goals that secured a 2-1 comeback win over Honduras on Friday took his tournament tally to three and ...

France routs Switzerland

Jun 21, 2014

France routs Switzerland

Forwards Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema each scored one goal and created another as a rampant France blew away Switzerland 5-2 Friday to take control of Group E and all but seal a place in the next round. “It was a great night for ...

Costa Rica stuns Italy

Jun 21, 2014

Costa Rica stuns Italy

Costa Rica has turned the tables on the team’s World Cup expectations. Or at least on everyone else’s expectations. Costa Rica followed up its surprise win over Uruguay with another World Cup stunner on Friday, beating four-time champion Italy 1-0 to secure a spot ...

Jun 21, 2014

Orlando set to sign Brazilian star Kaka

Orlando City, slated to begin play in Major League Soccer in 2015, said Friday it is in “advanced discussions” with Brazilian forward Kaka. “Orlando City Soccer Club is in advanced discussions with Kaka,” the club said in a statement. “Pending completion of the potential ...

Costa Rica stuns Italy to reach last 16

Jun 21, 2014

Costa Rica stuns Italy to reach last 16

Costa Rica buried predictions of its early demise to emerge into the knockout stages of the World Cup for only the second time with a 1-0 Group D win over Italy on Friday that sent England crashing out. Forward Bryan Ruiz headed powerfully home ...