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HindustanTimes Sun,13 Jul 2014

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Loew, Klinsmann in 'once in a lifetime' German clash

Friends clash on either side of the World Cup divide on Thursday when Jurgen Klinsmann's United States meet Joachim Loew's Germany for top spot in Group G.

Ronaldo's Portugal face early exit as they face Ghana

Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal face a sobering early World Cup exit on Thursday even if their star player produces pyrotechnics in their final group game against Ghana.

Argentina's Aguero reportedly out for several weeks due to injury

Argentine striker Sergio Aguero is out of the World Cup after suffering a muscle tear in the 3-2 victory over Nigeria, a Buenos Aires newspaper reported on Thursday.

'Victim' Chiellini calls Fifa ban on Suarez excessive

Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has said the ban Fifa handed down to Luis Suarez is 'excessive' and that he feels no anger towards the controversial Uruguay striker.

Suarez home after Fifa expulsion, length of ban questioned

Luis Suarez flew home to Uruguay on Friday after being thrown out of the World Cup and banned from soccer for four months for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, who criticized the punishment as "excessive".

Fifa may as well throw Suarez into Guantanamo, says Maradona

Diego Maradona blasted Fifa's ban on Uruguay striker Luis Suarez as "criminal" and said world soccer's governing body might as well handcuff the striker and lock him up in Guantanamo prison.

Disgraced Suarez begins to count financial cost

Disgraced Uruguay star Luis Suarez's pocket started to take a hit on Friday as a major sponsor terminated his contract with immediate effect for biting Italian opponent Giorgio Chiellini which also saw him expelled from the World Cup.

'Rocket' Rodriguez propels Colombia into last eight

James Rodriguez scored a contender for goal of the tournament and put the finishing touch to a sweet, flowing attacking raid as Colombia beat a toothless Uruguay 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time.

Forget Falcao, Remember Rodriguez - Colombia's rising star

Colombia's sensational midfielder James Rodriguez struck twice in a 2-0 win over Uruguay in the last 16 on Saturday to move top of the World Cup scorers list and stake a claim for player of the tournament.

Brazil sweat on Neymar injury after win against Chile

Brazil were left to count the cost of Saturday's World Cup last-16 victory over victory as Neymar suffered a thigh knock and midfielder Luis Gustavo picked up a second yellow card.

Costa Rica reach quarter-finals with shootout win over Greece

Costa Rica reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time by beating Greece 5-3 on penalties on Sunday after conceding a stoppage time equaliser and playing 54 minutes with 10 men.

Navas, almost single-handedly, carries Costa Rica to quarters

When Costa Rica sealed their first berth in the World Cup quarter-finals, the celebrating Ticos sprinted straight for Keylor Navas and mobbed him in celebration.

Late goals by Schuerrle, Ozil help Germany beat gutsy Algeria 2-1

Germany were pushed all the way by an inspired Algeria on Monday before Schuerrle and Ozil secured them a 2-1 extra-time victory to send them into a mouth-watering World Cup quarter-final meeting with France. France down Nigeria 2-0 | What could hurt Germany?

Ramadan fasting not to blame for extra time defeat to Germany, insist Algeria

Algeria goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi insists his side's 2-1 extra time defeat to Germany was not down to his team-mates' observance of Ramadan as the Desert Foxes bowed out of the World Cup.

Goalless draw leaves France on top, eliminates Ecuador

France took top spot in World Cup Group E while 10-man Ecuador were eliminated after a 0-0 draw at the Maracana stadium on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Switzerland also progressed.
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