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Villa and Spain bow out on a high

Curitiba , June 23 ( David Villa brought the curtain down on a glorious international career by scoring a wonder goal that helped Spain end a forgettable FIFA World Cup campaign with a 3-0 win over Australia in Curitiba.

Koreans crushed by impressive Algeria

Porto Alegre, June 23 ( Algeria have moved up to second in Group H with a convincing 4-2 win over Korea Republic at Porto Alegre's Estadio Beira-Rio.

Varela strikes to save Portugal

Manaus, June 23 ( Portugal have avoided early elimination from the FIFA World Cup in the most dramatic of circumstances after Varela's 95th-minute goal secured a 2-2 draw with USA in Manaus.

Decisive Origi blasts Belgium through

Rio de Janeiro, June 22 ( Belgium ensured a berth in the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup with a last-gasp 1-0 victory over Russia in Rio de Janeiro courtesy of another substitute goal, this time from Divock Origi.

Nigeria extinguish Bosnian dreams

Cuiaba, June 22 ( Debutants Bosnia and Herzegovina saw themselves exit the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil after two games, following a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Nigeria. Peter Odemwingie's first-half goal was enough to put the Super Eagles within a point of the Round of 16.

Germany, Ghana share spoils in Fortaleza thriller

Fortaleza, June 22 ( Germany and Ghana were forced to settle for a share of the points after their back-and-forth thriller in Fortaleza finished 2-2. All the goals came in the second-half of the Group G contest as strikers Miroslav Klose and Asamoah Gyan both equaled FIFA World Cup scoring records.

Messi magic takes Argentina through

Belo Horizonte, June 21 ( A stunning injury-time goal by Lionel Messi has taken Argentina through to the Round of 16 with a 1-0 win over Iran in Belo Horizonte's Estadio Mineirao.

Rooney apologises for England's early exit from WC

London, June 21 (IBNS): English football star Wayne Rooney on Saturday apologised his fans following the country early exit from the ongoing World Cup after two consecutive defeats in the tournament.

Enner inspires Ecuador to comeback victory

Curitiba, June 21 ( A pair of predatory goals from Enner Valencia propelled Ecuador to a 2-1 comeback victory over Honduras that lifted them second in Group E, above Switzerland on goal difference. An excellent Carlo Costly strike had put the Central Americans ahead, but Valencia equalised from close-range before heading home the winner at the Arena da Baixada.

Exhilarating Bleus blast Swiss in thriller

Salvador, June 21 ( France rocketed from outsiders to FIFA World Cup™ contenders with a scintillating 5-2 defeat of Switzerland in Salvador. Olivier Giroud, Blaise Matuidi, Mathieu Valbuena, Karim Benzema and Moussa Sissoko were on the score-sheet as Didier Deschamps’ side made all but sure of a place in the Round of 16, before wonder-strikes from Blerim Dzemaili and Granit Xhaka gave Swiss memorable consolations from an enrapturing encounter.

Ruiz stuns Italy, sends Costa Rica through

Recife, June 20 ( Costa Rica's amazing run here at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil continued in Recife, the Central American upstarts adding Italy’s scalp to their Group D belt after opening with a win over Uruguay. Los Ticos are now through to the knockout phase for only the second time in their history, thanks to a Bryan Ruiz header just before the interval at the Arena Pernambuco.

United at Home against Home United

Barasat, June 20 (IBNS) In an interview to, Basketball great Kobe Bryant, a big Football buff had underlined the importance of having a common goal as the key to success citing the example of San Antonio Spurs who upstaged favourites Miami Heat to win the NBA title after a gap of seven years.

Super Suarez makes the difference

Sao Paulo, June 20 ( IBNS) Uruguay forward Luis Suarez did something which he did not manage to do in the Premier League this season – score past Joe Hart – as he netted twice in the South Americans’ 2-1 win over England in their Group D clash in Sao Paulo.

Colombia edge Elephants, near knockout stages

Brasilia, June 19 ( Colombia gave themselves breathing space at the top of 2014 Group C after goals from James Rodriguez and Juan Quintero helped them to a 2-1 win over Cote d'Ivoire, putting them three points clear of Sabri Lamouchi's side.

Russia, Korea Republic in disappointing draw

Cuiaba, June 18 ( Errors at either end saw Russia and Korea Republic share the spoils in Group H, with Igor Akinfeev gifting the Asian side the lead before Alexander Kerzhakov tapped in following a goal-mouth scramble to see it finish 1-1.