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Hosts Brazil aim for quarterfinal spot

Brazil's national soccer player Oribe Peralta (3rd-L) fights for the ball with teammates during their training session in Fortaleza, Brazil June 16, 2014

Hosts Brazil aim to become the first team to reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Saturday by maintaining their superb recent record against opponents Chile. Uruguay, reeling from the loss of suspended striker Luis Suarez, meet in-form Colombia in Saturday’s other second round match which again pits two …

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Too much emotion in Suarez verdict, say FIFPro

Too much emotion in Suarez verdict, say FIFPro

Emotion played a part in FIFA’s decision to hand out a four-month ban to Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, with a period of reflection needed, World Players’ Union FIFPro said. FIFA handed out the biggest penalty ever imposed at a World Cup, which …

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Mueller strikes for Germany, Algeria, US advance

Goalkeeper Tim Howard of the U.S. fails to save a goal scored by Germany's Thomas Mueller (unseen) during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 26, 2014.

Germany striker Thomas Mueller joined Neymar and Lionel Messi on top of the World Cup goalscoring charts on Thursday as Algeria stunned Russia to reach the second round for the first time. Mueller’s long-range strike settled a 1-0 victory over the United States which saw the Germans claim first place …

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France fire blanks, Ecuador eliminated

Ten-man Ecuador held France to a 0-0 draw at the Maracana on Wednesday but Didier Deschamps' side still topped Group E to progress to a last-16 tie against Nigeria.

Ten-man Ecuador held France to a 0-0 draw at the Maracana on Wednesday but Didier Deschamps’ side still topped Group E to progress to a last-16 tie against Nigeria. Through luck, determination, bad finishing and excellent goalkeeping by Alexander Dominguez, Ecuador resisted even after captain Antonio Valencia was ordered off …

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Italy’s Prandelli offers to resign after Cup exit

Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli watches before the 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match between Uruguay and Italy at the Dunas arena in Natal June 24, 2014

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli offered his resignation on Tuesday after his team’s elimination from the World Cup following a controversial 1-0 defeat by Uruguay. “At the end of the match I spoke to the president of the federation, I have told them I am going to resign from my position,” …

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Messi magic saves Argentina, Klose rescues Germany

Iran's goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi fails to save a goal by Argentina's Lionel Messi (unseen) during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte June 21, 2014.

BRASILIA, June 21 – Argentina captain Lionel Messi and record-equalling Miroslav Klose of Germany rode to the rescue of their teams with trademark goals on another day of rich entertainment at the World Cup on Saturday. Messi snatched a 1-0 win for Argentina against plucky Iran with a typical piece …

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SPORTS France romp, Costa Rica stun Italy

France thrashed Switzerland 5-2 to surge closer to the World Cup last 16 as Costa Rica booked their place in the knockout rounds with a 1-0 upset of Italy, which confirmed England's exit.

France thrashed Switzerland 5-2 to surge closer to the World Cup last 16 as Costa Rica booked their place in the knockout rounds with a 1-0 upset of Italy, which confirmed England’s exit. Goals from Olivier Giroud, Blaise Matuidi, Mathieu Valbuena, Karim Benzema and Moussa Sissoko gave rampant France a …

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Suarez double shatters England as Uruguay win

Luis Suarez scored twice as Uruguay sent England spinning to the brink of elimination from the World Cup on Thursday with a 2-1 victory.

Luis Suarez scored twice as Uruguay sent England spinning to the brink of elimination from the World Cup on Thursday with a 2-1 victory. Liverpool striker Suarez grabbed the second of two opportunistic goals in the 85th minute of a tense Group D battle in Sao Paulo after Wayne Rooney …

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Spain dethroned as Chile dazzle

Spain's Sergio Ramos reacts during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match against Chile at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro June 18, 2014.

Holders Spain sensationally crashed out of the World Cup on Wednesday with a 2-0 defeat to Chile that condemned them to become the fifth champions to fail to get past the first round. On a day when King Juan Carlos tearfully sealed his abdication after a four-decade reign, Spain’s players …

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