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Martino - It's a team game

Posted Sunday, June 20, 2010 by PA

Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino played down the absence of Roque Santa Cruz as his players went for a stroll at the Free State Stadium ahead of their match against Slovakia. Santa Cruz has been troubled with a leg muscle injury and only played a small part in the draw against Italy in their opening game. And while Martino refused to be drawn on whether Santa Cruz would start on Sunday, he ex...Full Story »

All Whites to keep the faith

Posted Sunday, June 20, 2010 by PA

New Zealand are set to field an unchanged side for their second World Cup match against holders Italy. With midfielder Tim Brown still to fully recover from a shoulder injury, coach Ricki Herbert has hinted at keeping the same XI that started their drawn Group F opener against Slovakia. Gianluigi Buffon will be missing for Italy and is likely to be sidelined for four months after decidin...Full Story »

Eriksson 'very confident' on Drogba

Posted Sunday, June 20, 2010 by PA

Sven-Goran Eriksson is hopeful that Ivory Coast superstar Didier Drogba can be unleashed on Brazil in their World Cup clash on Sunday and does not anticipate his much-discussed protective cast to cause any problems. Drogba came on as a substitute in the opening Group G match against Portugal after FIFA and a delegation from the Portuguese federation approved the cast he has on his arm to pr...Full Story »

Ghana held by 10-man Australia

Posted Sunday, June 20, 2010 by PA

Ten-man Australia kept their slim hopes of qualifying for the next round of the World Cup alive after a dogged second-half display earned them a 1-1 draw against Ghana in Rustenburg. Harry Kewell was sent off for the Socceroos midway through the first half after referee Roberto Rosetti deemed he had used his arm to keep out a certain goal for Jonathan Mensah after 23 minutes. Asamoah Gya...Full Story »

Rooney sorry for pitch outburst

Posted Sunday, June 20, 2010 by PA

Wayne Rooney has apologised for "any offence caused" by his post-match rant at England's fans in Cape Town on Friday night. As he made his way off the pitch following the goalless draw with Algeria, Rooney turned to a television camera and condemned the fans who had booed the Three Lions' performance, before swearing. But, after reflection, Rooney said in a statement issued by the Footba...Full Story »

Anelka sent packing by France

Posted Sunday, June 20, 2010 by PA

France striker Nicolas Anelka has been sent home from the World Cup after refusing to apologise for his half-time rant at coach Raymond Domenech. The Chelsea forward was not at training on Saturday after the bust-up during Thursday's 2-0 defeat by Mexico, which saw him substituted at the interval. Anelka was asked to apologise by French Football Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes a...Full Story »

Socceroos battle for point

Posted Sunday, June 20, 2010 by PA

Ten-man Australia kept their slim hopes of qualifying for the next round of the World Cup alive after a dogged second-half display earned them a point in a 1-1 draw against Ghana in Rustenburg. Harry Kewell was sent off for the Socceroos midway through the first half after referee Roberto Rosetti deemed he had used his arm to keep out a certain goal for Jonathan Mensah after 23 minutes. Asamoa...Full Story »

Australia holds on for 1-1 draw against Ghana

Posted Sunday, June 20, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

By FRANK GRIFFITHS Associated Press Writer RUSTENBURG, South Africa(AP)—Australia held on for a 1-1 draw despite Ghana’s man advantage for more than 66 minutes in the World Cup on Saturday, further tightening Group D. Australia forward Brett Holman scored in the 11th minute after goalkeeper Richard Kingson bobbled a free kick from Mark Bresciano right into his path. Holman put the ...Full Story »

England has last chance to avoid World Cup shame

Posted Saturday, June 19, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

By BRADLEY S. KLAPPER Associated Press Writer CAPE TOWN, South Africa(AP)—Derided by their coach and booed by their fans, England’s players could face a humiliating World Cup exit if they don’t beat Slovenia on Wednesday. After drawing 0-0 against Algeria on Friday, England coach Fabio Capello admitted he could not even recognize his own team, the one he has crafted for two y...Full Story »

Sneijder scores and Netherlands beats Japan 1-0

Posted Saturday, June 19, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

By MIKE CORDER Associated Press Writer DURBAN, South Africa(AP)—The Netherlands is showing it doesn’t have to be flashy to win. Wesley Sneijder scored the only goal Saturday and the Netherlands beat Japan 1-0, its second straight World Cup win and the second time the Dutch couldn’t produce the kind of offensive show they were expected to bring to South Africa. Sneijder’...Full Story »

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