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FIFA World Cup: Late Slimani equalizer puts Algeria through

CURITIBA: Islam Slimani headed an ecstatic Algeria into the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time with the equalizer in a 1-1 draw against Russia on Thursday that dumped Fabio Capello's team out of the tournament. On a momentous night for the North Africans, who were the last team through to the knockout round, Slimani rose to the occasion and nodded home in the 60th minute to cancel out Alexander Kokorin's sixth-minute header. There was controversy surrounding the Algerian goal, however, with Capello complaining…

FIFA World Cup: Valencias help Ecuador edge Honduras

CURITIBA: It was a tale of two Valencias as Ecuador beat Honduras 2-1 in the FIFA World Cup. Striker Enner Valencia seized the limelight with both goals against Honduras in World Cup Group E and left better known team mate and captain Antonio Valencia in the shade. While Enner stood out as man of the match, Manchester United's flying winger Antonio picked up a booking but made little impact on the game. Coach Reinaldo Rueda, who had switched Antonio to a more central role, was asked point blank what was wrong with…

FIFA World Cup: U.S. beats Ghana 2-1

CURITIBA: United States started their FIFA World Cup 2014 campaign when Clint Dempsey scored the fifth fastest goal in tournament history but they needed an 86th minute winner from John Brooks to secure a dramatic 2-1 victory over Ghana on Monday. Dempsey drilled the ball into the net with the goal officially timed at 29 seconds and it looked like being enough until Andre Ayew finally secured some reward for Ghana's pressure with an equalizer seven minutes from the end. The match then appeared destined for a draw until…

FIFA World Cup: Jeers, boos highlight Iran, Nigeria match    

CURITIBA: Boos and Jeers from the Brazilian fans highlighted the goalless FIFA World Cup match played between Islamic Republic of Iran and Nigeria at Baixada Arena at Curitiba, ARY News reports. Iran filled their line up with several defenders whereas Nigeria was looking favorites to win the match due to the fact that two of their players were playing the English Premier League. The two sides were clearly a case of misfits rather than World Cup stars. They did not capitalize in any of their plays and their passes went to…