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PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil scored in extra time Monday to lead Germany over an aggressive Algeria 2-1 and into the World Cup quarterfinals. Thomas Mueller provided a cross from the left flank that was slightly behind Schuerrle. The Germany forward dragged his left leg and backheeled the ball into the far corner in the 92nd minute, leaving goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi with no chance. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 620 words, photos.
BRASILIA, Brazil — After being touted as one of the World Cup’s entertainers, it was a gritty performance which got France through to the quarterfinals in a 2-0 victory over Nigeria on Monday. France’s forward line had made headlines with eight goals in its opening two group games, but there was little flair on display in a hard-fought contest against the African champions. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 843 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — After a few days of reflection, Luis Suarez acknowledged what millions saw on TV — he did bite an opponent during a game at the World Cup. In addition, he said he’s sorry about it, and promised it will never happen again. Ending a unified protest in Uruguay by everyone from Suarez to teammates, fans and even the country’s president that the star striker had done nothing wrong, the Liverpool player on Monday offered an apology to Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. By Mattias Karen. SENT: 511 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Nigeria and Algeria made World Cup history for Africa and now leave with their heads held high. After putting up great resistance, Africa’s last representatives were sent home on Monday by France and Germany. By John Leicester. SENT: 500 words, photos.
BRASILIA, Brazil — Paul Pogba finally delivered the big-game goal that France needed from its most exciting young talent, picking his spot with a late header to help his team beat Nigeria 2-0 and reach the World Cup quarterfinals. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 567 words, photos.
BRASILIA, Brazil — It wasn’t exactly the way Joseph Yobo wanted to mark his 100th and final appearance for Nigeria. With one of his last touches in international football, the man who has held Nigeria’s defense together for the past 13 years scored an injury-time own goal in a 2-0 loss to France in the last 16 of the World Cup on Monday. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 646 words, photos.
BRASILIA, Brazil — Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama had become expert at repelling French players, keeping a remarkable 21 clean sheets for Lille in the league last season and going more than 1,000 minutes without conceding a goal. At the World Cup, though, he couldn’t keep up the resistance. By Steve Douglas. 342 words, photos.
TERESOPOLIS, Brazil — Neymar will be fit to play in the World Cup quarterfinal against Colombia despite thigh and knee injuries sustained against Chile, Brazil’s football confederation said Monday. The confederation said team doctor Jose Luiz Runco checked Neymar again when the squad returned to its training camp and said the player is not a concern for Friday’s match in the northeastern city of Fortaleza. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 386 words, photos.
TERESOPOLIS, Brazil — Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari admits that a lack of experience is hurting Brazil’s young squad at the World Cup. The coach is also blaming the some of the team’s struggles, which include a disappointing performance that nearly led to its elimination by Chile in the second round, on the pressure of needing to succeed in front of the home fans. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 571 words, photos.
SALVADOR, Brazil — They know the eyes of the United States will be on them from thousands of miles away, and they say they are ready.
The Americans try to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2002 when they play Belgium on Tuesday. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 750 words, photos.
SALVADOR, Brazil — U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann is worried about the Algerian referee assigned to the Americans’ second-round World Cup match against Belgium on Tuesday. FIFA announced Sunday that Djamel Haimoudi will work the game. Haimoudi is a veteran of the last two African Cups of Nations and worked a pair of group-stage matches at this year’s World Cup. By Dusan Stojanovic. SENT: 494 words, photos.
SALVADOR, Brazil — Jozy Altidore is available to play for the United States in Tuesday’s World Cup second-round game against Belgium, but it does not appear the forward is ready to return to the starting lineup. Altidore strained his left hamstring in the Americans’ opener against Ghana on June 16 and didn’t play in their next two games. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 186 words, photos.
SALVADOR, Brazil — Eden Hazard knows it’s time to live up to his name at the World Cup, and to make sure the United States realizes what that stands for. The Belgian playmaker is aware his country is counting on a match-long display of Hazard dazzle against the United States on Tuesday. By Raf Casert. SENT: 559 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — FIFA could not reach a financial agreement with a wildlife conservation group trying to save an endangered species of armadillo chosen as the World Cup mascot, the football governing body’s head of corporate and social responsibility said Monday. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 350 words, photos.
SAO PAULO — Lionel Messi poses problems for every team, a fact Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld prefers to think of as an opportunity. Messi has scored four of Argentina’s six goals, steering his team to three group-stage wins. By Aron Heller. SENT: 397 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — FIFA has suspended the spokesman of the Brazilian football confederation for one game over a confrontation with Chilean player Mauricio Pinilla on the sidelines during their World Cup match Saturday. FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fisher said Rodrigo Paiva would be suspended for the quarterfinal match Friday in Fortaleza between Brazil and Colombia. He will be allowed to work for the team in the media briefing the day before. SENT: 198 words, photos.
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RECIFE, Brazil — Defeated Greece coach Fernando Santos took a parting shot at Costa Rica: Teams know all about you now and your World Cup ride is over. The surprise factor has gone, Santos said, and the upset wins have likely come to an end. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 577 words, photos.
FORTALEZA, Brazil — Greece’s World Cup players want their bonus money to be used to build a new training site for the national team in the cash-strapped country. Yiannis Andrianos, the government’s general secretary for sports, said Monday that players had written to Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras asking that the money be used to fund a new training site and that he had promised to do “everything possible” to respond to that request. SENT: 449 words.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Arjen Robben said sorry for one first-half dive against Mexico. Just don’t expect another apology from the Netherlands forward just for being himself. Robben said Monday he won’t change his playing style or personality after winning the decisive stoppage-time penalty in the Netherlands’ 2-1 win against Mexico. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 703 words, photos.
FORTALEZA, Brazil — The inexperienced Dutch defense looked to be the weak link coming into the World Cup. So far, though, it’s holding up well enough to keep the team winning. Again showing he is not afraid to make changes, Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal gave defender Paul Verhaegh only his third international appearance against Mexico in the second round, replacing Daryl Janmaat at right back. By Mike Corder. SENT: 662 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Belgium midfielder Steven Defour will be suspended for Tuesday’s second round match against the United States at the World Cup after being sent off in his team’s final group match with South Korea. FIFA said Monday that Defour would have to serve the one-match suspension against the United States. He was also fined 7,500 Swiss francs ($8,450). SENT.
SAO PAULO — With two World Cup matches already decided in shootouts, Argentina is practicing penalties ahead of its second round game against Switzerland on Tuesday. Coach Alejandro Sabella on Monday said the Argentines have been shooting spot kicks “in an informal way,” though he added that doing it in practice is very different from doing it in front of tens of thousands of spectators with the team’s World Cup survival at stake. By Karl Ritter. SENT.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Uruguay’s famously casual President Jose Mujica has tossed some earthy epithets at FIFA over its four-month ban of Luis Suarez. Mujica referred to FIFA as “a bunch of old sons of whores” as he welcomed Uruguay’s team back from the World Cup on Sunday. He put his hand over his mouth in mock horror at the expletive, but when a journalist for state television station asked, he said, “Publish it.” SENT.
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — Wiping tears from his eyes, Algerian coach Vahid Halilhodzic embraced each of his exhausted players as they walked off the pitch after pushing Germany to the very end of extra time.
The Algerians lost 2-1 Monday after making the three-time World Cup champions struggle for much of the match. Just reaching the second round had earned Halilhodzic and his squad a place in Algerian football history. By Chris Brummitt. SENT.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian police say they’re conducting a homicide investigation into the death of an Iranian-Swedish man who manages a Rio de Janeiro hostel that’s popular with adventurous foreign travelers, many of whom are there for the World Cup. SENT.
RIO DE JANEIRO — FIFA says Belgium midfielder Steven Defour will serve only a one-match ban for his red card against South Korea in the team’s last group-stage match. Defour will serve the automatic suspension when Belgium plays the United States in a second-round on Tuesday in Salvador.
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