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Ochoa Leads Mexico to Draw with Brazil

Ochoa Leads Mexico to Draw with Brazil

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(FORTALEZA, Brazil) — Brazil had many scoring opportunities but could not slip one past Mexican goal keeper Guillermo Ochoa, leading the two countries to a 0-0 draw at the World Cup Tuesday.

Ochoa was remarkable in net, making six saves — many from point-blank range — tying the country’s record for most saves by a keeper in a World Cup match since 1966. Ochoa started his masterful performance in the 26th minute when he dove to the right side of the net just in time to stop a header from Brazilian star, Neymar.

Ochoa continued to thwart Brazil’s offensive attacks the rest of the game, resulting in Mexico’s first point ever versus Brazil in a World Cup game.

“In the end, a 0-0 mirrors what happened, it was a very hard-fought match,” Brazilian head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said. “The draw wasn’t a good result because a victory would have already allowed us to advance, but we need to be able to respect our opponent, which played very well.”

The game leaves both Mexico and Brazil with four points after two games in Group A play, with Brazil holding the goal differential tiebreaker.

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Germany Pounds Portugal Behind Muller’s Hat Trick

Germany Pounds Portugal Behind Muller’s Hat Trick

Michael Steele/Getty Images(SALVADOR, Brazil) — Germany’s Thomas Muller scored a hat trick and Portugal played a man down from the 38th minute on, as the Germans pounded the Portuguese in both teams’ World Cup opener on Monday.

Muller got his day started in the 12th minute when he drilled a penalty kick to put the Germans up 1-0. Mats Hummels scored off of a corner kick from teammate Toni Kroos 20 minutes later.

Things got worse for Portugal when defenseman Pepe received a red card after elbowing Muller in the head and then getting in Muller’s face.

Muller scored his remaining two goals during stoppage time at the end of the first half and then at the 78th minute.

Due to the red card, Pepe is automatically suspended from Portugal’s game on June 22 against the United States.

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Brooks’ Header Pushes U.S. Past Ghana, 2-1

Brooks’ Header Pushes U.S. Past Ghana, 2-1

Elsa/Getty Images(NATAL, Brazil) — Substitute John Brooks’ header 86 minutes into the game gave the United States three points in their 2-1 World Cup win over Ghana on Monday.

Brooks was making his World Cup debut and could have played for Germany, who won earlier in the day, but chose the U.S. instead.

The goal by Brooks is the first goal in World Cup history scored by a United States substitute.

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Clint Dempsey scored 29 seconds into the first half to give the United States a 1-0 lead, but André Ayew scored to even things up 82 minutes into the game.

The U.S. national team captain’s goal is the fifth-fastest goal in World Cup action.

United States forward Jozy Altidore left the game 21 minutes in with a left hamstring injury and is questionable for their second game against Portugal on Sunday.

Ghana had beaten the United States in back-to-back World Cup games prior to Monday.

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ESPN: Altidore Will Undergo Re-Evaluation Tuesday on Hamstring

ESPN: Altidore Will Undergo Re-Evaluation Tuesday on Hamstring

Michael Steele/Getty Images(NATAL, Brazil) — U.S. striker Jozy Altidore will be re-evaluated Tuesday in Sao Paulo at the team’s training headquarters for a hamstring injury that he suffered during the Americans’ 2-1 World Cup opening win over Ghana on Monday.

Altidore was chasing a ball down the left wing in the 21st minute of the game when he pulled up lame holding his left hamstring. He was carried off the field in a stretcher. “It was a little bit of a shock that Jozy got injured,” U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “It was a tough pill to swallow.”

Altidore has scored 12 goals this season split between the United States national team and Sunderland of the English Premier League.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/16/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/16/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup: Group G: United States 2 – Ghana 1

Germany 4 – Portugal 0

Group F: Iran – Nigeria – draw

MLB: Boston Red Sox 1 (32-38) – Minnesota Twins 0 (32-36)

Cleveland Indians 4 (36-35) – Los Angeles Angels 3 (37-32)

Kansas City Royals 11 (37-32) – Detroit Tigers 8 (36-30)

Tampa Bay Rays 5 (28-43) – Baltimore Orioles 4 (35-34)

St. Louis Cardinals 6 (38-32) – New York Mets 2 (31-39)

Chicago Cubs 5 (29-39) – Miami Marlins 4 (35-34) – 13 Innings

Philadelphia Phillies 6 (30-38) – Atlanta Braves 1 (36-33) – 13 Innings

Milwaukee Brewers 9 (42-29) – Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (30-43)

Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (38-34) – Colorado Rockies 1 (34-36)

Texas Rangers 14 (35-35) – Oakland Athletics 8 (42-28)

Seattle Mariners 5 (36-34) – San Diego Padres 1 (29-41)

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Seferovic’s Last Gasp Goal Lifts Switzerland Past Ecuador

Seferovic’s Last Gasp Goal Lifts Switzerland Past Ecuador

Stu Forster/Getty Images(BRASILIA, Brazil) — Haris Seferovic scored less than 30 seconds before the final whistle, giving Switzerland a 2-1 victory over Ecuador on Sunday afternoon. The game-winning goal came in stoppage time on a counter-attack and mad dash down the field.

The game was deadlocked for the majority of the second half with both teams looking for a go-ahead strike. As Ecuador put together a last second attack, Michael Arroyo was dispossessed by Valon Behrami who immediately sprinted downfield. Knifing through the middle of the pitch, and maintaining control through multiple defenders, Behrami eventually got the ball to Ricardo Rodriguez. It was Rodriguez who sent a low cross to the near post where Seferovic blasted a shot into the top of the goal from four yards out.

Ecuador held a halftime lead thanks to Enner Valencia’s header on a free kick in the 22nd minute. Joslip looked to have knotted things up but was called offsides and the goal disallowed. Admir Mehmedi would find the equalizer for the Swiss, heading home a corner in the 48th minute. 

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France Blanks Honduras, 3-0, in World Cup

France Blanks Honduras, 3-0, in World Cup

Vinicius Costa/Getty Images(PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil) — A penalty kick just before halftime opened the scoring before France added two more in the second half, defeating Honduras 3-0 in their World Cup opener on Sunday. Goal-line technology was used for the first time in the tournament, helping to prove the second strike of the match was legitimate.

Les Blues controlled play for the entire first half but could not find a way to break through. It finally happened during stoppage time of the first when Wilson Palacios picked up his second yellow card as he knocked Paul Pogba to the pitch. Karim Benzema stepped up to take the penalty kick and put France ahead 1-0 heading into the break.

The second half spelled doom for Honduras, and quickly. Goalkeeper Noel Valladares had a shot from Benzema ricochet off the post, and then him, before trickling over the line for an own goal. Valladares attempted to swipe the ball out but goal-line technology showed that it just crossed over. Benzema eventually netted his second tally in the 72nd minute, securing the win.

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Messi Scores as Argentina Beats Bosnia-Herzegovina

Messi Scores as Argentina Beats Bosnia-Herzegovina

Matthias Hangst/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil) — After being shutout in the 2010 World Cup, Lionel Messi wasted little time getting on the stat sheet in Brazil. On Sunday, Messi netted his first goal of the tournament in the 65th minute, helping to lead Argentina to a 2-1 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina.

It was the first goal that Messi scored in the World Cup since making his debut in the showcase in 2006. The 26-year-old captain worked a give-and-go with Gonzalo Higuain before receiving the ball at the top of the penalty box. He then maneuvered his way across the face of the goal, and away from defenders, before rifling a shot just inside the post to give Argentina a 2-0 lead.

Bosnia rallied late in the match, getting a goal from Vedad Ibisevic in the 85th minute. It was the first goal in the country’s history after qualifying for its first-ever World Cup.

An own goal just three minutes in put Bosnia in a hole early. Messi delivered a free kick towards goal that bounced off a head before deflecting off Sead Kolasinac’s shin.

Despite the win, the Argentinians were outshot 16-11 in the contest.

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Balotelli’s Header Lifts Italy Past England

Balotelli’s Header Lifts Italy Past England

Warren Little/Getty Images(MANAUS, Brazil) — Mario Balotelli headed in a cross from Candreva in the 50th minute, giving Italy a 2-1 lead as they would go on to defeat Englad by that score in Group D play at the World Cup. England outshot the Italians 18-12 but the defense lapsed in their loss.

The Azzuri took a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute as Claudio Marchiso corralled a volley from Andrea Pirlo before making a couple nifty moves to take the early advantage. England quickly responded with an equalizer from Daniel Sutrridge less than three minutes later.

Sturrdige post began and finished the scoring chance, sending a cross nearly 40 yards to open up the defense. Wayne Rooney settled the bar, before delivering it back to Sturridge who connected on his shot.

The match went into halftime tied at 1-1, but that did not last long. Five minutes into the second frame Balotelli got loose on the backline and was rewarded with his first goal of the tournament. Much was made of the absence of Gianluigi Buffon, the Italian goalkeeper, who sat with an ankle injury. His replacement was more than capable as Salvatore Sirigu made four saves in the win.

Italy will take on Costa Rica on Friday while England resumes Group play on Thursday when they take on Uruguay.

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Netherlands Dominates Spain in World Cup Opener

Netherlands Dominates Spain in World Cup Opener

VI-Images/Getty Images(SALVADOR, Brazil) — For the first time in World Cup history, the two teams from the previous tournament final met in the ensuing opener. However, the rematch from 2010 was anything but similar as the Netherlands rolled defending champion Spain, 5-1 in group play.

Xabi Alonso got Spain on the board, converting on a penalty kick in the 27th minute. However, the Dutch squad kept pressing and pressing. Finally, Robin Van Pierse broke through in the 44th minute with a flying header from Daley Blind to tie things up just before half.

The second 45 minutes belonged solely to Holland. Arjen Robben made a brilliant move after settling a chip from Van Pierse in the box. He stepped to his left and rifled a shot in goal in the 53rd minute to take the lead. The Netherlands continued the onslaught when Stefan de Vrij finished a Wedley Sneijder cross.

Van Pierse and Robben added one more goal apeice as the Netherlands have not lost their World Cup opener since 1939. Spain, which lost their opener back in 2010 to Switzerland, could only manage nine shots in the loss.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/13/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/13/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NHL Stanley Cup Final: Kings 3 – Rangers 2 (Kings win series, 4-1)

World Cup – Group A: Mexico 1 (1-0-0, 3pts) – Cameroon 0 (0-1-0, 0pts)

Group B: Netherlands 5 (1-0-0, 3pts) – Spain 1 (0-1-0, 0pts)

Chile 3 (1-0-0, 3pts) – Australia 1 (0-1-0, 0pts)

MLB: Chicago Cubs 2 (27-38) – Philadelphia Phillies 1 (28-37)

Minnesota Twins 2 (32-33) – Detroit Tigers 0 (34-29)

Toronto Blue Jays 4 (40-29) – Baltimore Orioles 0 (34-32)

Saint Louis Cardinals 1 (35-32) – Washington Nationals 0 (35-31)

Boston Red Sox 10 (31-36) – Cleveland Indians 3 (33-35)

Atlanta Braves 4 (35-31) – Los Angeles Angels 3 (36-30)

Kansas City Royals 7 (34-32) – Chicago White Sox 2 (33-35)

Pittsburgh Pirates 8 (33-34) – Miami Marlins 6 (34-32) 13 Innings

Tampa Bay Rays 6 (26-42) – Houston Astros 1 (31-38)

Cincinnati Reds 6 (32-34) – Milwaukee Brewers 5 (40-28)

New York Mets 6 (30-37) – San Diego Padres 2 (28-39)

Texas Rangers 1 (33-34) – Seattle Mariners 0 (34-33)

New York Yankees 7 (35-31) – Oakland Athletics 0 (40-27)

Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (36-33) – Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (29-41)

Colorado Rockies 7 (32-35) – San Francisco Giants 4 (43-25)

 

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Neymar Powers Host Brazil Past Croatia in World Cup Opener

Neymar Powers Host Brazil Past Croatia in World Cup Opener

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(SAO PAULO, Brazil) – Neymar scored two goals, including the go-ahead tally in the 71st minute, leading host nation Brazil to a 3-1 opening win over Croatia in the first match of the 2014 World Cup. The go-ahead goa…

France’s Ribery Ruled Out of World Cup

France’s Ribery Ruled Out of World Cup

Xavier Laine/Getty Images(PARIS) — France’s World Cup team received a blow Friday.

Winger Franck Ribery has been ruled out for the entire tournament due to a back injury.

Ribery, who played for France in the 2006 World Cup Final, has 16 goals in 81 appearances for his country.

The 31-year-old Ribery, who also plays club football for German champions Bayern Munich, had missed France’s previous two friendlies but hoped to play in the team’s friendly versus Jamaica on Sunday.

“Franck had felt a lot better but his situation got much worse as we started to try and get him to take part in collective training,” French coach Didier Deschamps said. “He is unable to train for a few weeks now and even less so to play.”

It gets worse for France. It will be without 23-year-old midfielder Clement Grenier due to a thigh injury.

Remy Cabella and Morgan Schneiderlin will replace Ribery and Grenier.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is Dealing with Knee Tendonitis

Cristiano Ronaldo is Dealing with Knee Tendonitis

Jean Catuffe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is dealing with tendonitis in his left knee.The 29-year-old Ronaldo, who has scored 65 goals in 59 games this season with Real Madrid and Portugal, also missed a game las…

US Soccer Defeats Turkey, 2-1, in Sendoff Series

US Soccer Defeats Turkey, 2-1, in Sendoff Series

Elsa/Getty Images(HARRISON, N.J.) — Fabian Johnson scored his first goal in a USA uniform and Clint Dempsey added the 37th of his career as the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Turkey, 2-1 as part of their World Cup sendoff series.

It was the second straight win for the Americans as they prepare for the World Cup in Brazil in two weeks.

Johnson, one of five German-Americans for the U.S., executed a perfect give-and-go with midfielder Michael Bradley to notch his first international goal. After receiving the ball 40 yards from goal, Johnson made a run before dumping off to Bradley. As he continued the run, Bradley chipped the ball over the defense where Johnson connected from six yards out, beating Turkish keeper Onur Kivrak.

The United States made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute when Demspey collected a cross from Timmy Chandler and buried in the back of the net. Tim Howard made his 99th career start and surpassed Kasey Keller as the all-time leader in wins for the U.S. with his 54th victory. Brad Guzan played the second half for the USA, giving up a penalty kick in the 90th minute.

The U.S. Men’s National Team will play its final World Cup tune up next week in Florida when they take on Nigeria. Group play begins on June 16 when the Americans take on Ghana, followed by Portugal and Germany.

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Donovan Breaks MLS Goals Record

Donovan Breaks MLS Goals Record

Victor Decolongon/Getty Images(CARSON, Calif.) — Just three days after being cut from the US National Team, Landon Donovan further cemented himself as America’s greatest soccer player. Donovan scored twice in a Major League Soccer contest to break the all-time regular-season goals record, helping the Los Angeles Galaxy earn a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Union.

Fans greeted the Galaxy striker with signs of encouragement, ending a week in which he did not make the 23-man roster for the upcoming World Cup. Donovan entered the match tied with Jeff Cunningham at 134 career goals. In the 41st minute he scored his first goal in four games to break the record before adding another in the 81st minute.

Donovan also owns the league record for most playoff goals with 22 and even closed in on another MLS record on Sunday. The 32-year old registered an assist on Los Angeles’ first goal of the game, giving him 120 for his career. Current Houston Dynamo assistant coach, Steve Ralston, owns the league mark of 135.

Cunningham, another former US national player, was originally born in Jamaica and played 14 seasons in the MLS with five different teams. He retired in 2011 while playing for FC Dallas. This is Donovan’s 15th season in the MLS, playing in 307 career regular season games.

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Clint Dempsey Is Ready for World Cup Journey

Clint Dempsey Is Ready for World Cup Journey

Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — U.S. captain Clint Dempsey is looking forward to bringing home the World Cup this summer.
Dempsey, a midfielder and forward, is currently playing for Fullham in the Premier League and is on a two month loan c…

US Extends Jurgen Klinsmann’s Contract Through 2018

US Extends Jurgen Klinsmann’s Contract Through 2018

Michael Dodge/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — United States Men’s soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann signed a four-year contract extension through 2018.
Klinsmann will remain with the squad for the 2018 World Cup, and was also named their technical director.&nbsp…

Two Dead in World Cup Stadium Collapse

Two Dead in World Cup Stadium Collapse

Michael Dodge/Getty Images(SAO PAULO, Brazil) — At least two people are dead after part of the stadium that will host the World Cup Opener in 2014 collapsed on Wednesday. Local media also reported that a third victim was hospitalized in serious con…

Team USA Is Headed to Brazil

Team USA Is Headed to Brazil

Jamie Sabau/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — The U.S. men’s soccer team is headed to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Americans shutout Mexico 2-0 Tuesday night and then watched as Honduras tied Panama 3-3, sending Team USA to the World Cup for the sev…

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