Rodriguez fires Colombia by Uruguay, into last eight

Soccer / World Cup Jun 29, 2014

Rodriguez fires Colombia by Uruguay, into last eight

A sensational display from James Rodriguez fired Colombia into the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time on Saturday with the attacking midfielder scoring twice in a 2-0 victory over Uruguay including a contender for goal of the tournament. Rodriguez became the World Cup's top ...

FIFA came down hard on Suarez for his lack of remorse

Soccer / World Cup Jun 29, 2014

FIFA came down hard on Suarez for his lack of remorse

FIFA opted to punish Luis Suarez heavily for biting an opponent in a World Cup match because the Uruguayan showed no remorse for the incident and previous bans had not changed his behavior, according to an internal FIFA document. Suarez was hit on Thursday with ...

Soccer / World Cup Jun 27, 2014

Chiellini says Suarez ban 'excessive'

Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has said the ban FIFA handed down to Luis Suarez is "excessive" and that he feels no anger toward the controversial Uruguay striker. Suarez was given the longest sanction imposed at a World Cup by soccer's governing body on Thursday, suspended ...

Honda vows to fight on despite defeat

Soccer / World Cup 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, Honda ...

Zaccheroni left with regrets

Soccer / World Cup 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, who ...

Colombia eliminates Japan from World Cup

Soccer / World Cup Jun 25, 2014

Colombia eliminates Japan from World Cup

by Gus Fielding

A second-half attacking master class from Jackson Martinez and substitute James Rodriguez obliterated Japan's wafer-thin hopes of progressing to the last 16 of the World Cup as Colombia eliminated the Asian champions with a 4-1 win in their final Group C match on Tuesday. Juan ...