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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
In the battle of global superstars, Cristiano Ronaldo upstaged Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Tuesday night with a stunning hat trick at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, securing a 3-2 win on the night and a 4-2 aggregate score that sent Portugal to its fourth consecutive World Cup. Sweden and Ibrahimovic now ... Read the whole story
The same five African teams that qualified for the last World Cup finals in South Africa (minus the host of that tournament) in 2010 have qualified for Brazil 2014. Algeria and Ghana on Tuesday joined Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Nigeria, which had all booked their places over the weekend. Their ... Read the whole story
Croatia's World Cup qualification celebrations were overshadowed by video footage of one of its players doing a call-and-response chant with the crowd that used to be used during the country's pro-Nazi years. Immediately following Croatia's 2-0 win against Iceland in Zagreb, which secured the former Yugoslavian republic's passage to the ... Read the whole story
Spain on Tuesday suffered a shock loss at the scene of its greatest triumph, as the 2010 World Cup champion lost to that tournament's host, South Africa, 1-0, in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Bernard Parker scored the only goal of the game, chipping the ball over Victor Valdes in the 56th ... Read the whole story
Marca reports that Luis Suarez has reportedly made an agreement with Liverpool management that he would play his best for the club this season on the condition that if Real Madrid came in with a $63 million offer for him, the club would let him leave. However, the report notes ... Read the whole story
Didier Deschamps will coach France through to Euro 2016, the French soccer federation president confirmed on Wednesday immediately following France's qualification for the World Cup. Noel Le Graet confirmed that Deschamps, a former World Cup winner, would remain at the helm of Les Bleus immediately following France's 3-2 come-from-behind aggregate ... Read the whole story
A new Brazilian players' union has warned that the 2014 Brazilian season might not start on schedule if the authorities do not listen to its demands for a shorter season, fewer games, financial fair play rules and a longer preseason in 2015. Corinthians captain Paulo Andre, who leads the Common ... Read the whole story
English Pemier League referee Mike Riley has apologized to West Brom head coach Steve Clarke for the controversial last-minute penalty he awarded to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this month that earned the Blues a 2-2 draw. Clarke tells West Brom's Web site that Riley called to apologize for the ... Read the whole story


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