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FIFA World Cup: Belgium sinks U.S. in extra time

SALVADOR: Much-fancied Belgium needed extra time to crack heroic United States goalkeeper Tim Howard in a thrilling 2-1 extra-time victory on Tuesday that set up a World Cup quarter-final clash with Argentina. The Belgians had dominated the first 90 minutes but a barrage of efforts were thwarted by an inspired Howard, whose resistance was finally broken in the 93rd minute when midfielder Kevin De Bruyne buried an angled shot from seven meters. In a pulsating extra time, substitute striker Rome Lukaku powered home a second…

Germany and Portugal clash in Group G showpiece

Group G heavyweights Germany and Portugal will trade blows in the blazing midday heat of Salvador on Monday with goal machine Cristiano Ronaldo fit to take on the three-time World Cup winners. Portugal talisman Ronaldo's participation had been in doubt after struggling with tendinosis in his left knee. Germany, second in FIFA's world rankings behind Spain, will be at full strength after several key players, including keeper Manuel Neuer and captain Philipp Lahm, recovered from injuries. In the other Group G match, the…

FIFA World Cup: Netherlands gives 5-1 thrashing to Spain  

SALVADOR: Two goals each by Dutch strikers Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben helped Netherlands beat defending World Champions Spain 5-1 in their FIFA World Cup match at Salvador, ARY News reports. It is said that revenge is a dish best served cold and it was the Dutch side which went rampant on the Spaniards in their match last night. The two sides met for the first time since the final of 2010 FIFA World Cup in which Spain beat Netherlands 1-0. It is the heaviest defeat for Spain since their 6-2 loss to Scotland in 1963.…