The AP World Cup Digest at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT). The supervisor of the World Cup desk in Rio de Janeiro is Simon Haydon. The desk can be reached at 0055 21 348 264 84.
So far none of Argentina’s opponents has been able to stop Lionel Messi. Perhaps Belgium has what it takes. But even if doesn’t, the Red Devils present a new challenge for Argentina at this World Cup. For the first time, Argentina faces an opponent with attacking potential that rivals its own. By Karl Ritter. 500 words. SENT.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto learned about how the Dutch play football from a master. At this point in the World Cup, the Dutch know plenty about Costa Rica — once one of the surprise packages of the tournament. By Mike Corder. UPCOMING: 600 words. By 11 a.m. EDT/1500 GMT.
TERESOPOLIS, Brazil — Luiz Felipe Scolari has taken the role of a second dad to many players in this young Brazilian team carrying the responsibility of winning the World Cup at home. Players say “Felipao” has won them over with the right balance of discipline and support. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 11 a.m. EDT/1500 GMT.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Germany holds a training session at the Maracana before coach Joachim Loew and a player attend a news conference ahead of the team’s World Cup quarterfinal against France on Friday. By Andrew Dampf. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4.30 p.m. EDT/2030 GMT.
RIO DE JANEIRO — France holds a training session at the Maracana before coach Didier Deschamps and a player, usually goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris, attend a news conference ahead of the team’s World Cup quarterfinal against Germany. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2.30 p.m. EDT/1830 GMT.
FORTALEZA, Brazil — Brazil striker Neymar and Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez are leading their teams at the World Cup, attracting everyone’s attention by playing well and scoring goals. The 22-year-old stars will go head-to-head in the quarterfinals on Friday, when only one of them will be able to continue his run. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m. EDT/1900 GMT.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Tackling discrimination was a FIFA pledge at this World Cup yet several reported incidents have resulted in no sanctions. FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb will explain the strategy at a daily briefing, alongside Cafu, captain of Brazil’s 2002 winning team. The lack of prosecuted cases will be explained by FIFA disciplinary committee chairman Claudio Sulser. By Graham Dunbar. 400 words 12.30 p.m. EDT/1630 GMT.
WCUP-WHY SO MANY GOALS?
RIO DE JANEIRO — There is no single answer to why the Brazil World Cup is on target to smash the record for total goals. From Day 1, when Brazil put three past Croatia and the Croats got one back, teams have treated the showcase tournament to a goal deluge as sustained as an Amazon forest downpour. The Netherlands 5, Spain 1 was Day 2. Day 4 saw Germany 4, Portugal 0. France vs. Switzerland became a seven-goal score-fest. Better fitness, changing tactics, forwards on fire and other factors explain the feast of attacking football. By John Leicester. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos, by 11 a.m. EDT/1500 GMT.
FORTALEZA, Brazil — Colombia coach Jose Pekerman and a player will speak at a news conference before the team’s quarterfinal match against Brazil. By Frank Griffiths. UPCOMING: 400 words by 8:40 p.m. EDT/0040 GMT. With AP Photos.
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