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France 3-0 Honduras: Brilliant Benzema dispatches Suarez's side

Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 by Goal.com

The Real Madrid striker scored twice and forced an own goal from the goalkeeper as Didier Deschamps' men breezed past the 10 men of the Central Americans Karim Benzema was in inspired form as France opened their World Cup campaign with a convincing 3-0 win over Honduras. Luis Suarez's Central Americans were not afraid to put in several robust challenges - an approach that resulted in Wilson ...Full Story »

World Cup: Haris Seferovic scores late goal as Switzerland come from behind to beat Ecuador 2-1

Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 by Sky Sport

Haris Seferovic scored a stoppage-time winner as Switzerland came from behind to beat Ecuador 2-1 in the opening World Cup Group E game in Brasilia. The Real Sociedad striker got on the end of a late counter-attack to convert Ricardo Rodriguez's low cross at the near post with just 23 seconds of added time remaining. Ironically the chance came from Ecuador's final attack of the game when Mic...Full Story »

France 3 : 0 Honduras - Benzema steers France to victory

Posted Sunday, June 15, 2014 by PA

Karim Benzema scored twice and forced an own goal as France eased past 10-man Honduras in their World Cup Group E opener in Porto Alegre. Les Bleus were comfortably the better side throughout the match, but did not score until Wilson Palacios conceded a 43rd-minute penalty that also earned him a second yellow card. Benzema converted from the spot and rifled home a second after 72 minutes, his ...Full Story »

Referee Cakir picked for Brazil-Mexico match

Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 by YAHOO Sport

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- FIFA has appointed Cuneyt Cakir of Turkey to referee host nation Brazil's match against Mexico in Fortaleza on Tuesday. Brazil's opening match in Group A, a 3-1 win over Croatia, saw the biggest refereeing controversy of the tournament. Forward Fred got a penalty from Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura after slight contact from Croatia defender Dejan Lovren. Neymar scor...Full Story »

What, no anthems? France and Honduras miss out

Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 by YAHOO Sport

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) -- France and Honduras streamed onto the pitch as usual, greeted by a massive roar. But as players took their positions, it become clear something was missing: the singing of the national anthems. The Group E match kicked off at Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre on Sunday without the anthems being played over the stadium speakers. FIFA did not provide an immediate ex...Full Story »

Natal had big role for US in WWII

Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 by YAHOO Sport

NATAL, Brazil (AP) -- Long before the U.S. soccer team arrived in this balmy coastal city for the World Cup, another group of uniformed Americans came through. They turned this isolated part of northeast Brazil - the closest point in the Americas to Africa - into a World War II boomtown. President Franklin Roosevelt dubbed Natal the ''Trampoline to Victory,'' for keeping allied troops in Africa...Full Story »

Italy hails its fitness after beating England

Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 by YAHOO Sport

MANGARATIBA, Brazil (AP) -- If there was one image that summed up Italy's win over England, perhaps it was when midfielder Raheem Sterling dropped to the pitch in the second half due to cramps and Azzurri players Giorgio Chiellini and Claudio Marchisio were the first to come over and help him stretch out his legs. Italy prepared an extensive plan to deal with the heat and humidity of the Worl...Full Story »

Sanctions have hit Iran team hard, says Queiroz

Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 by YAHOO Sport

CURITIBA, Brazil (AP) -- Iran's coach Carlos Queiroz has tried to ease the pressure on his players, insisting his team is the underdog in its opening World Cup game against Nigeria. While insisting Sunday that international sanctions on Iran have left his team at a ''complete disadvantage'' at the World Cup, Queiroz said Nigeria can aim as high as the final. Queiroz's comments ahead of Monda...Full Story »

Switzerland 2 - 1 Ecuador - Swiss take late win

Posted Sunday, June 15, 2014 by PA

Substitute Haris Seferovic snatched a dramatic winner with 23 seconds left of added time in the opening game of Group E in Brasilia. The Real Sociedad striker got on the end of a late counter-attack to convert Ricardo Rodriguez's low cross at the near post and make it 2-1. Ironically the chance came from Ecuador's final attack of the game when Michael Arroyo delayed his shot and was dispossess...Full Story »

Ghana vs USA preview - Ghana aim for hat-trick of wins

Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 by PA

Ghana will be looking to complete a hat-trick of World Cup wins over the United States when the sides meet in Group G on Monday. The teams have been paired in the last three tournaments, with the Black Stars winning 2-1 in Germany and South Africa. But the USA come into the 2014 edition with greater confidence having reached number 13 in the FIFA rankings and topped CONCACAF's qualifying secto...Full Story »

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