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Brazil Diary: Argentines taunt while Brazilians embrace Germany

You think Brazilians will pull for their South American neighbors in the World Cup final against Germany? Fuhgeddaboudit.
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Dutch run out of ideas as Argentines advance

The Dutch came into the semifinal after going 120 scoreless minutes against Costa Rica and needing a shootout to advance. The Argentines mustered only one goal against Belgium in their 1-0 round of 16 win.


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Brazil Diary: National Tragedy? No. Massive Shame? Yes

Sao Paulo's Mercado Municipal da Cantareira -- the biggest market in the world's third largest metropolis - opened at 6 a.m., the morning after a 7-1 loss to Germany in Belo Horizonte emphatically ended Brazil's World Cup hopes.
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Netherlands-Argentina: Memories of 1978 and 1998

When Argentina and the Netherlands are mentioned in World Cup conversations, their showdown in the 1978 final usually crops up first. As it should. But they also played a classic 20 years later.
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Brazil has a new word for this debacle: Mineirazo!

Brazil has a new date to challenge July 16, 1950, as the worst in its soccer history.
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Germany-Brazil: Memories of the last meeting

The only previous World Cup meeting between the world powers matched two teams of stark contrast.
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Brazil Diary: The 'Invisible Man' worries Selecao fans

Neymar's injury isn't the only topic that gets Brazilian fans riled up. Just mention Fred, the center forward who has scored only one goal in Brazil's first five games.
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Ticos leave with their heads held high -- and without a defeat

Costa Rica's Cinderella story in the World Cup came to a close Saturday in an excruciating penalty-kick shootout loss, 4-3, to the Netherlands after 120 goalless minutes.
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Argentina overcomes an important hurdle

Urged on by thousands of Argentines who made their way to Brasilia, Lionel Messi and Co., disposed of Belgium, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon to move into the semifinals of the World Cup.
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Brazil Diary: Rage and Sadness after Neymar's injury

"He's a coward and a criminal," says Paolo Roberto, at the Jato Bar in Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro.
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Improved Brazil squeaks past Colombia, but loses Neymar

Another South American opponent, another knockout match, and another shaky showing, but another victory for Brazil, which by beating Colombia, 2-1, Friday in Fortaleza has reached the semifinals. But the victory was overshadowed by the injury to Brazil star Neymar that will keep him out of the rest of the World Cup.
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Experienced, efficient Germans eye the title

On the 60th anniversary to the day of Germany's first World Cup title win, the so-called Wonder of Bern, the Germans kept their hopes alive of winning a fourth World Cup, thanks to 1-0 quarterfinal win over France in Rio de Janeiro.


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Final USA World Cup Report Card

A memorable campaign ended in the round of 16 as it had four years ago, and the grades show a wide range of performances.
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Ranking the eight World Cup quarterfinalists

Eight teams -- four from Europe and four from the Americas -- comprise the final eight at the 2014 World Cup. All eight advanced as group winners, five of them as the seeded designated by FIFA at the draw last December. Four are unbeaten and untied, and none has lost a game.
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Brazil Diary: Ticket scalping, beach soccer and sand castles at Copacabana

The city of Rio de Janeiro has declared the Fourth of July a holiday. Not, of course, for the same reason it's a day off in the USA.
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