Jun. 25, 2014
The AP World Cup Digest at 10 p.m. EDT (0200 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.
NATAL, Brazil — Biting opponents, racist comments — all that looked to be behind Luis Suarez, as soccer's bad boy was maturing into a star for his club and country. Then, the old habit that most people leave behind in nursery school cropped up again in front of an audience of millions. Faced with a smothering and frustrating Italian defense in a must-win World Cup game Tuesday, the Uruguayan superstar responded with his front teeth. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 891 words, photos.
Underscoring a power shift away from Europe, Uruguay fought — and apparently even bit — its way to a 1-0 victory over Italy Tuesday to move to the World Cup's next round with Costa Rica, which sent England home without a single victory after a goalless draw. South America's strength was further highlighted when Colombia capped its perfect record in Group C with a 4-1 win over Japan. Europe did get one team through when Greece converted an injury time penalty for a 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast which eliminated the African team. By Raf Casert. SENT: 591 words, photos.
NATAL, Brazil — After nearly two weeks of mostly beautiful, free-flowing football, the game's ugly side was on full display when Uruguay edged 10-man Italy 1-0 onTuesday to reach the second round of the World Cup. With a bite on the shoulder, a shin to the head and a boot to the knee, there wasn't much to admire at the Arena das Dunas. Even the match's lone goal was a product of brute force — it didn't even come with a kick or a header. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 847 words, photos.
WITH: — NATAL, Brazil — WCUP-ITALY'S GOODBYES. By Andrew Dampf; RIO DE JANEIRO — WCUP-SUAREZ-5 CONTROVERSIES. By Gerald Imray; NATAL, Brazil — WCUP-ITALY-PRANDELLI.
FORTALEZA, Brazil — Georgios Samaras scored an injury-time penalty to send Greece into the second round of the World Cup for the first time with a 2-1 win over Ivory Coast on Tuesday, eliminating the Africans in the process. Samaras was adjudged to have been tripped in the area by substitute Giovanni Sio, and calmly slotted in the spot kick for a win that puts Greece through to the knockout stage. Ivory Coast would have advanced with a draw. By Derek Gatopoulos. SENT: 622 words, photos.
WITH: — FORTALEZA, Brazil — WCUP-IVORY COAST
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — Defying all the doubters, Costa Rica came through perhaps the toughest group of the World Cup unbeaten and on top. Costa Rica followed up its wins over Uruguay and Italy by holding England to a dour 0-0 draw on Tuesday, enough to finish first in Group D. Quite an achievement for a team that was seen as the rank outsider in the first ever World Cup group that contained three former champions. By Frank Griffiths. SENT: 755 words, photos.
WITH: — BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — WCUP-COSTA RICA. By Rob Harris; BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — SOC-WCUP-ELIMINATED-ENGLAND. By Rob Harris.
CUIABA, Brazil — James Rodriguez delivered a brilliant cameo performance off the bench to inspire Colombia to a 4-1 victory over Japan at the World Cup on Tuesday, helping secure top spot for his team in Group C and eliminating the Asian champions. Introduced for the start of the second half with the score level at 1-1, Rodriguez set up two goals for Jackson Martinez before crowning the win with a sublime, individual goal. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 619 words, photos.
WITH: — WCUP--JAPAN-NIGHTMARE REVISITED. By Joji Sakurai. SENT; CUIABA, Brazil — WCUP-COLOMBIA-MONDRAGON. By Steve Douglas. SENT.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Chile's football federation says it has been fined by FIFA for ticketless fans breaking through security barriers at Maracana Stadium. The Chilean federation did not specify the size of the sanction in a statement on its website. SENT: 130 words.
RIO DE JANEIRO — FIFA's discrimination task force leader has called for better prevention of "mocking and insulting" incidents at World Cup stadiums. FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb tells The Associated Press "we have to be more vigilant and more aggressive monitoring this situation." By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 280 words.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — In many ways, it's a head-scratcher: the country that invented football and which has the richest, most watched and, many would agree, best league in global football is also one of the worst performers at this World Cup. How can that be? We are, of course, talking here about England — that self-important nation which is no longer very good at football but is quite brilliant at marketing it. By John Leicester. SENT
RIO DE JANEIRO — Success for North and Central American teams in Brazil is fueling the region's ambitions for future World Cups. Costa Rica and Mexico advanced from their groups unbeaten and the United States can follow if it avoids defeat to Germany on Thursday. Even Honduras is in contention despite two defeats. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 605 words, photos.
MANAUS, Brazil — If there is one team looking forward to playing in the hot and humid conditions of the Amazon rainforest, it's Honduras. The Central American country has a similar climate to Manaus, so the players view Wednesday's World Cup match against Switzerland at the Arena da Amazonia as a more of a reward than a curse. By Chris Lehourites. SENT.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda hasn't brought up the name recently, but his team knows who it's playing for — their late teammate Christian Benitez. There's also a spot in the final 16 of the World Cup on the line in Wednesday's match against France. By Stephen Wade. SENT.
RIO DE JANEIRO — France coach Didier Deschamps has "far too much respect" for Ecuador to talk up his team's chances of another goal-feast in their final group game Wednesday. France followed up its 3-0 win against Honduras with a 5-2 thrashing of Switzerland last Friday and comfortably tops Group E with six points. It has a massively superior goal difference, meaning that it could even lose and still go through. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT.
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — Alejandro Sabella will stick with a three-man attack in Argentina's last World Cup group game against Nigeria, though he hasn't yet decided which players will start. Argentina has already qualified for the second round but needs at least a draw against Nigeria to win Group F. Sabella didn't offer details when asked Tuesday whether he would rest some of his key players. By Karl Ritter. SENT.
PORTO ALGERE, Brazil — The last time Argentina met Nigeria in the World Cup, Vincent Enyeama kept Lionel Messi off the scorers' list with several fine saves. Whether he does the same Wednesday might just determine if the Nigerians fly home or progress to the knockout rounds. By Chris Brummitt. SENT.
SALVADOR, Brazil — Safet Susic, who guided Bosnia-Herzegovina to its first World Cup, hinted Tuesday he will resign as coach after the squad's group-stage exit. "It is going to be difficult for me, but the day will come to bid my farewell to the team," Susic said, adding that he expects to announce a decision "in the next 10 days." By Dusan Stojanovic.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Manchester United fans must be enjoying the World Cup. Their England players have an extended summer holiday after going out in the group stage. Their new manager, Louis van Gaal, is showing why the club's management put its faith in him to resurrect the team's Premier League fortunes. By Mike Corder. SENT.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Bruno Martins Indi returned to training for the Netherlands at the World Cup on Tuesday after missing the final group game with concussion, indicating the defender may be available for the last 16 match against Mexico. But while one player was making a comeback, another was sidelined. Leroy Fer, who scored the first Dutch goal against Chile in his team's 2-0 victory on Monday, injured a hamstring in training, the team announced. By Mike Corder. SENT.
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — Being a four-time world player of the year apparently doesn't mean you get special treatment from Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella on your birthday. When asked how the team celebrated its superstar captain Lionel Messi's 27th birthday during the World Cup on Tuesday, Sabella just said "we congratulated him last night after midnight." SENT.
BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazil heads into the knockout stage of the World Cup with added confidence after finally coming up with a convincing win at its home tournament. The hosts played well in a 4-1 win over Cameroon on Monday to secure a spot in the round of 16 and regain the trust of fans after two mediocre games. By Tales Azzoni. SENT.
PORTO SEGURO, Brazil — Thomas Mueller ended his first match of the World Cup tournament with a hat trick, and the second with a bloodied face. The German forward thinks the best scenario for the third game would be for his team to beat the United States and win Group G. By Nesha Starcevic. SENT.
MANAUS, Brazil — The Amazon rainforest city of Manaus was, according to many observers, the place to avoid at the World Cup. Located deep in the jungle near the meeting of the Rio Negro and the Amazon River, the city is sweltering with high heat and humidity nearly all the time, an inhospitable place to compete at any sport, let alone the high-intensity atmosphere of the World Cup. By Chris Lehourites. SENT.
MOGI DAS CRUZES, Brazil — For South Korea, 2002 is starting to feel like more than just a dozen years ago. The team that reached the semifinals at his home World Cup in its heyday has been struggling mightily in Brazil, where even a lucky break hasn't managed to bring it close to the second round. By Raf Casert.
MANAUS, Brazil — With a win and loss so far at the World Cup, some things clearly worked for Switzerland and some things clearly didn't. Regardless, the game plan will remain the same when the Swiss face Honduras on Wednesday in the hot and humid Amazon rainforest with a spot in the second round still possible. By Chris Lehourites. SENT.
WCUP-MICK JAGGER EFFECT
RIO DE JANEIRO— The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger can't get no soccer satisfaction.
In what's becoming something of a modern World Cup tradition, Brazilians are closely following every team the 70-year-old rock star supports with an eye at mocking him for apparently casting bad spells on his picks. By Joshua Goodman. SENT.
__ RIO DE JANEIRO — WCUP-TV-OFFSIDE ERROR. SENT. By Graham Dunbar.
— RIO DE JANEIRO — WCUP-WHAT TO WATCH. SENT. By Trevor Huggins.
— RIO DE JANEIRO — WCUP-BRAZIL BEAT. SENT.
__ RIO DE JANEIRO — WCUP-WEDNESDAY PERMUTATIONS. SENT.
__ NATAL, Brazil — SOC-WCUP-CAPSULES. SENT.
__ GLASGOW, Scotland — OBIT-UEFA-TAYLOR. SENT.
__ RIO DE JANEIRO — WCUP-REFEREE APPOINTMENTS. SENT.
— UNDATED — WORLD CUP GLANCE. SENT.
— UNDATED — WCUP-ON THIS DAY. SENT.