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History repeats itself for Costa Rica's Ticos 24 years later

Costa Rica boosted the status of Concacaf and European powers England and Italy went home humbled. Uruguay will join the Ticos in the knockout stage but hasn't inspired much reason to believe it can replicate its semifinal appearance four years ago
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Attacking Spain this time proved to be secret to burying champs

Waves of attacks that buried the defending World Cup champion and a typically courageous showing by Australia were among the major themes as the Netherlands and Chile advanced.
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Mexico hits all the right notes

We predicted Brazil would finish first in Group A, followed by Mexico, Croatia and Cameroon. And that's how it finished, although we didn't foresee that El Tri would manage to tie the host on points, finishing second on goal difference. Here's what else we learned as Group A wrapped up with a 4-1 Brazil win over Cameroon and a 3-1 ...
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By words and deeds, Jones confirms his commitment

A superb goal against Portugal punctuated the play of midfielder Jermaine Jones, whose vast experience and fierce personality are vital elements for the USA.
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U.S. Player Ratings: Jones strike highlights thriller with Portugal

The USA's performance in a 2-2 tie with Portugal was marked by blunders and brilliance, starting with a gifted goal in the fifth minute and featuring a Jermaine Jones equalizer that rates among the tournament's best goals.


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Incredible game of comebacks ends tied

An amazing match in the Amazon jungle wound up, 2-2. Here are some thoughts in the aftermath of an incredible game between Portugal in the United States.


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Ghana rebound ensures more drama

Group G is starting to look a little more like the "Group of Death" it was billed as thanks to Ghana finding life support with a 2-2 tie against Germany. Here what's we learned about the Germany, the USA's final group opponent, and Ghana, whose Saturday performance makes the U.S. win last Monday all the more impressive.
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USA and Portugal set to rumble in the jungle

Cristiano Ronaldo's ouchy knee is just one element of Sunday's match at Arena Amazonia in Manaus, where temperatures and tensions will be high.
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Bedoya quietly takes on vital role in U.S. lineup

Alejandro Bedoya needed a few seasons to find his feet in Europe but in the past year has solidified his status for club and country.
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French are near-perfect in another rampaging performance

France made it two-for-two in terms of dominating performances with a 5-2 demolition of Switzerland. Here what's we learned about the Bleus, as well as Switzerland's outclassed Nati ...
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The Curse of the Second Caution

Thursday's action re-opened the debate regarding when a referee decides to punish a second cautionable offense, and when he doesn't.
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Was England undone by bad luck or bad defending?

Here are few thoughts in the aftermath of a Group D meeting in Sao Paulo between past World Cup winners decided by two goals from Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez.
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Spain let down by many players instrumental in its rise to the top

The defending champion is eliminated after suffering its second straight World Cup defeat. Here are three observations in the aftermath of Chile's well-earned 2-0 victory Wednesday at the Maracana Stadium.
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Mexico leaves last year's struggles far behind

Honduras, USA, Costa Rica, Italy, Brazil and Panama (twice). That's a list of teams that beat Mexico last year. In 2013, when El Tri went through four coaches and was saved from World Cup qualification elimination by a goal from the USA's Graham Zusi against Panama.
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Looking back on a night of drama and delight in Natal

The Americans' 2-1 defeat of Ghana instantly took its place among the best efforts in national team history.
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