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No spirit, no respect - Bougherra

Posted Saturday, June 19, 2010 by PA

Algeria defender Madjid Bougherra claims England "did not play like a team" during the goalless draw in Cape Town on Friday night. The Three Lions left the Green Point Stadium like lambs, with the boos of their own supporters ringing in their ears, after a shambolic display against a side ranked 22 places below them in the world. "England did not play like a team," said the Rangers defen...Full Story »

James: Fear not a factor

Posted Saturday, June 19, 2010 by PA

David James has rejected Fabio Capello's claim that England played with fear in their disappointing 0-0 draw with Algeria. Restored to Capello's starting line-up for the first time in over 14 months and making his first appearance in a World Cup game, there was little reason for the Portsmouth stopper to celebrate his clean sheet after a dire display from his team-mates. In grasping for ...Full Story »

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 »

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