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Sneijder maintains Dutch form

Posted Saturday, June 19, 2010 by PA

Wesley Sneijder's second-half goal handed Holland a 1-0 win over Japan in their second Group E match and put the Oranje within reach of the last 16 of the World Cup after taking maximum points from their opening two games. Following a frustrating opening half, Bert van Marwijk's side finally broke through in the 52nd minute with Sneijder's stinging drive deflected into the net by Japan goalkeep...Full Story »

Sneijder sinks Japan

Posted Saturday, June 19, 2010 by PA

Wesley Sneijder's second-half goal handed Holland a narrow 1-0 win over Japan in their second Group E match and put the Oranje within reach of the last 16 of the World Cup. After a frustrating opening half for the Dutch side, they finally broke through in the 52nd minute with Sneijder's stinging drive deflected by Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima into his own net. Japan had the best chance to l...Full Story »

Maradona to ring changes

Posted Saturday, June 19, 2010 by PA

Diego Maradona is set to rest a number of key players in Argentina's final World Cup Group B clash with Greece. Two impressive victories have seen Maradona's side breeze towards the last 16 with something to spare and the coach is therefore set to ring the changes to keep his men fresh. Right-back Jonas Gutierrez is suspended anyway while defender Walter Samuel has a knock, but the Greece matc...Full Story »

RFEF: Del Bosque's job is safe

Posted Saturday, June 19, 2010 by PA

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque's job is safe no matter what happens in their next two group matches at the World Cup, according to Spanish football federation (RFEF) president Angel Maria Villar. Spain suffered a shock defeat in their opening Group H match against Switzerland and the European champions now face a battle to get through to the last 16. Villar said: "There is no issue with Del Bo...Full Story »

French press claim Anelka bust-up

Posted Saturday, June 19, 2010 by PA

France striker Nicolas Anelka launched a verbal attack on coach Raymond Domenech during half-time of Thursday's 2-0 defeat to Mexico, according to reports. The Chelsea forward, who has now not recorded a shot on target in 429 consecutive minutes' play for Les Bleus, was apparently criticised by Domenech for straying out of position during the first half. According to L'Equipe, Anelka exploded ...Full Story »

Buffon facing four-month lay-off

Posted Saturday, June 19, 2010 by PA

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is likely to be sidelined for four months after deciding to undergo an operation after the World Cup. Buffon was substituted during his team's 1-1 draw with Paraguay in their World Cup Group F opener due to back pain. The Juventus goalkeeper has a herniated disc but is putting off going under the knife until the end of Italy's campaign in South Africa in the ho...Full Story »

Capello: England feeling pressure

Posted Saturday, June 19, 2010 by PA

Fabio Capello admitted his England side had caved in to pressure after they stumbled to a goalless draw against Algeria which leaves their World Cup hopes hanging by a thread. The Italian gave an honest appraisal of one of England's worst-ever World Cup performances, in which Wayne Rooney was frustrated and out of sorts. When asked about Rooney specifically, Capello said: "I don't like to spea...Full Story »

Antic: Win was for Serbian people

Posted Saturday, June 19, 2010 by PA

Radomir Antic dedicated his side's stunning 1-0 World Cup victory over Germany to the Serbian people as Group D was blown wide open. Milan Jovanovic's 38th-minute strike and a second-half penalty save from keeper Vladimir Stojkovic were enough to see off the 10-man Germans, who had striker Miroslav Klose sent off before the break for a second bookable offence. Antic said: "This is a victory fo...Full Story »

Frustrated Donovan at a loss

Posted Saturday, June 19, 2010 by PA

United States midfielder Landon Donovan was left without an answer as to why what would have been a winning goal in their World Cup Group C match against Slovenia was disallowed. The Americans fought back from 2-0 down to 2-2 when Donovan put a free-kick into the box and Maurice Edu applied the finish - but Malian referee Koman Coulibaly ruled it out and did not give any reason. Donovan said: ...Full Story »

Slovenia 2 USA 2: Michael Bradley elated

Posted Saturday, June 19, 2010 by Daylife.com

US midfielder Michael Bradley celebrates after scoring during their Group C first round 2010 World Cup football match on June 18, 2010 at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg. US midfielder Michael Bradley celebrates after scoring during their Group C first round 2010 World Cup football match on June 18, 2010 at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg. United States' Michael Bradley, left...Full Story »

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