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World Cup 2014

Mexico's Rafael Marquez celebrates after scoring  the first goal of his team during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. Mexico won 3-1.(AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Mexico beats Croatia 3-1, advances in World Cup

Monday, June 23, 2014

RECIFE, Brazil — One of the first things Miguel Herrera did when he became Mexico’s fourth coach in a year was call Rafael Marquez and ask the 35-year-old defender known as “the boss” to return to the national side as captain. On Monday, the world saw why. Marquez’s pivotal goal from a header in the 72nd minute ignited a scoring … 0

Brazil beats Cameroon 4-1, reaches 2nd round

Monday, June 23, 2014

BRASILIA, Brazil — Neymar knew the responsibility was his. An increasingly anxious host nation was relying on him to ensure Brazil avoided the almost inconceivable prospect of going out in the group stage of a World Cup on soil. The 22-year-old Barcelona striker delivered on the weighty expectations Monday, setting the Selecao on … 0

Instead of breather, US contemplates math

Monday, June 23, 2014

SAO PAULO — Instead of taking a breather, the U.S. created a World Cup math puzzle for its fans back in America. Just 30 seconds from clinching advancement with a game to spare, the U.S. conceded a stoppage-time goal that left it with a 2-2 draw against Portugal on Sunday. With four points, … 0

Dutch beat Chile 2-0 to top Group B

Monday, June 23, 2014

SAO PAULO — Two substitutes, two goals. Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal can, it seems, do no wrong at this World Cup. He sent on replacements Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay in the second half of the match … 0

US-Portugal game scores viewership goal

Monday, June 23, 2014

NEW YORK — The United States’ 2-2 World Cup draw with Portugal is almost certainly the most-watched soccer game ever in the U.S., an emphatic confirmation of the sport’s rising popularity in a country slower to embrace it … 0

Spain salvages pride with 3-0 win over Australia

Monday, June 23, 2014

CURITIBA, Brazil — Defending champion Spain salvaged some World Cup pride on Monday with a convincing 3-0 victory over Australia in their last match at the tournament. After losing their previous matches in Group B to the Netherlands … 0

Iran, Nigeria could face lottery to advance

Monday, June 23, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO — After three games at the World Cup, it could come down to a lottery to decide which of two teams advances to the second round. Because of their previous results in Brazil, and the … 0

France beats Swiss 5-2 to take control of Group E

Friday, June 20, 2014

SALVADOR, Brazil — France is striking at the World Cup again, this time in a way the fans back home will approve of. Four years ago to the day, France’s players shamed the nation by going on strike … 0

Ecuador beats Honduras 2-1 at World Cup

Friday, June 20, 2014

CURITIBA, Brazil — Ecuador forward Enner Valencia scored twice in a 2-1 comeback victory over Honduras on Friday that kept his team in contention at the World Cup. Ecuador moved into second spot in Group E with a … 0

Court orders FIFA to implement water breaks

Friday, June 20, 2014

TERESOPOLIS, Brazil — A Brazilian court on Friday ordered FIFA to introduce mandatory breaks for players in World Cup matches played in high temperatures. A labor court in the capital of Brasilia issued a temporary injunction saying the … 0

World Cup of big surprises smiles on Americas

Friday, June 20, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO — The World Cup of surprises continued Friday with tiny Costa Rica shocking another World Cup champion and sending a third one home. Then the French exploded with five goals over their Swiss neighbors. Two … 0

Costa Rica shocks Italy, 1-0

Friday, June 20, 2014

Mario Balotelli tweeted that he would welcome a peck on the cheek from Queen Elizabeth II as a reward if his Italy team kept alive England’s chances to advance in the World Cup by downing Costa Rica. Final score: Costa Rica 1, Italy 0. Does this mean the … 0

US confident it can stop Ronaldo on Sunday

Friday, June 20, 2014

SAO PAULO — Just after he was cut from the U.S. roster last month, right back Brad Evans posted this snarky tweet: “You got off easy this time (at)Cristiano.” The Americans are confident their defensive depth can stop … 0

Costa Rica continues to surprise by beating Italy

Friday, June 20, 2014

RECIFE, Brazil — Costa Rica has turned the tables on the team’s World Cup expectations. Or at least on everyone else’s expectations. Costa Rica followed up its surprise win over Uruguay with another World Cup stunner on Friday, … 0

Spaniards stunned by 2-0 World Cup loss to Chile

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO — After watching Spain miss one chance after another and suffering a second straight humiliating loss at the World Cup, Victor Serra and other Spanish supporters walked out of Rio’s Maracana stadium to hordes of … 0