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Brazil too hot for Chile

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Chile had been using a national flag recovered from the debris of a house flattened by an earthquake in their country earlier this year for inspiration. Chilean players had revealed that the flag, a fixture at their official team hotel here, was one of the reasons for the South American team’s bullish run. But patriotic fervour wasn’t enough to help Chile upset Brazil in the round of 16.

Fifa ready to discuss tech upgrading

Fifa has decided to “discuss goal-line technology” in a meeting of the International Football Association Rules Board next month.

S. Africans in unity for Cup

You must have heard the story before __ the story of a country through a local taxi driver. Sfiso, 39, is the man who rescued us on Sunday when we called him to take us from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein.

Fifa rules out use of video referral system

Two calamitous incidents on Sunday haven’t moved Fifa. The world football governing body has rejected calls for the introduction of technology to help on-field officials.
Referees failed to spot an England goal against Germany and an off-side goal from Carlos Tevez was allowed to stand in Argentina’s round of 16 win over Mexico.

1966? History doesn’t repeat itself

England tumbled out of the World Cup after suffering a 1-4 defeat at the hands of Germany in the Round of 16 here on Sunday. But Germany’s comprehensive final result was marred by a glaring refereeing error a few minutes before the break.

It’s time Kaka took to flight

Under the shrewd stewardship of Dunga, Brazil look compact and competitive. But the five-time champions are some distance away from being invincible. They certainly cannot take Chile for granted when they take on Marcelo Bielsa’s team at Ellis Park on Monday in an all-South American round of 16.

German machine rolls on

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In the end it was an embarrassment for England, as Germany handed them a 4-1 hiding in the last 16 of the World Cup here. The hyped-up blockbuster clash degenerated into a bout between a heavyweight boxer and a flyweight challenger after the break at Free State Stadium here on Sunday.

Germany, England in big bash

England’ Dad’s Army face Joachim Loew’s German colts in a round of 16 match on Sunday that fans of both sides will walk upside down to watch. Mental strength will come into sharp focus in the heavyweight meeting of two storied rivals.

Spaniards finally get into rhythm

Fans and aesthetes can rejoice. Spain avoided the first-round quicksand that had consumed France and Italy, with a 2-1 win over Chile in Group H here on Friday. The rewards for the hard-earned result are a place at the top of the pool and a meeting with Portugal in the next round.

Time to salute the mighty minnows

The World Cup will be given away only on July 11, but a few winners have already emerged. Spare a thought for the minnows who have won plenty of hearts, if not silverware, for their gutsy performances in the group stage.

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