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SOCHI, Russia | Kroos scores late to give Germany 2-1 win over Sweden

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The desperate world champions from Germany were seconds from losing control of their World Cup fate when Toni Kroos whispered to Marco Reus just outside Sweden’s penalty area. With the score tied in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Kroos seemed to remind Reus of a trick play from training that … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Kroos scores late to give Germany 2-1 win over Sweden

SOCHI, Russia | Brazil hit by injuries at World Cup, even coach needs care

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Brazil doctors have been busy lately at the World Cup, with even the team’s coach needing medical attention. Douglas Costa and Danilo have been ruled out of the match against Serbia on Wednesday, the team said Saturday, but added Brazil coach Tite was doing just fine despite undergoing treatment after pulling … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Brazil hit by injuries at World Cup, even coach needs care

SOCHI, Russia | Neymar returns to training, Brazil guarantees he’s ready

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Brazil is making sure everyone knows Neymar is perfectly fit at the World Cup A day after he limped out of training and raised further doubts about his physical condition in Russia, the Brazilian soccer federation was quick to tell the world the team’s biggest star was just fine. Brazil had … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Neymar returns to training, Brazil guarantees he’s ready

SOCHI, Russia  | Burden falls on Coutinho to keep Brazil going at World Cup

SOCHI, Russia  — With Neymar hobbling and struggling, the burden to keep Brazil going at the World Cup is suddenly falling on Philippe Coutinho. The Barcelona playmaker has already delivered with an outstanding goal in the opener against Switzerland as Neymar was stymied by tough defending and poor fitness. And with the team’s top star … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia  | Burden falls on Coutinho to keep Brazil going at World Cup

SOCHI, Russia | Brazil in an unusual spot after a draw to open World Cup

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — This is unfamiliar territory for five-time World Cup champion Brazil. The last time it didn’t win its first game in a World Cup, Pele had just retired from soccer. The “Selecao” had won every one of its opening matches since 1978, a year after “The King’s” farewell. Brazil drew Sweden 1-1 … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Brazil in an unusual spot after a draw to open World Cup

SOCHI, Russia | Panama coach blunt and honest before World Cup debut

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez isn’t in the business of sugarcoating the truth before his team makes history by playing in its first World Cup. The Central American team has trouble scoring and his players will need to have a good day to have any chance against Belgium on Monday, he … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Panama coach blunt and honest before World Cup debut

SOCHI, Russia | Panama coach blunt and honest before World Cup debut

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez isn’t in the business of sugarcoating the truth before his team makes history by playing in its first World Cup. The Central American team has trouble scoring and his players will need to have a good day to have any chance against Belgium on Monday, he … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Panama coach blunt and honest before World Cup debut

SOCHI | Overlooked Costa in position to leave his mark at World Cup

SOCHI, Russia  — Even with a pair of goals himself, Diego Costa joined the chorus praising his higher-profile opponent’s hat trick in Spain’s 3-3 draw with Portugal. “Cristiano Ronaldo is Cristiano Ronaldo,” Costa said. “I wish I could be like him.” But make no mistake about it: Costa knows he has the potential be right … Continue reading SOCHI | Overlooked Costa in position to leave his mark at World Cup