Asia

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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The eastern European side are already out but the Asian nation know that a victory gives them a chance of World Cup last 16 qualification

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The Manchester United midfielder feels that the Samurai Blue fell well below supporters' "strong expectations" after finishing bottom of Group C at the World Cup

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Hong Myung-Bo's men must beat the Europeans convincingly and hope for a narrow Russia win or draw with Algeria in Curitiba in order to advance

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The Europeans have already been eliminated from the tournament but our tipster is backing them to finish on a high note by beating Carlos Queiroz's men on Wednesday

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The AC Milan midfielder feels sorry they have been unable to live up the high expectations, while Alberto Zaccheroni was disappointed too

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The South Americans are due to clash in round of 16 but Suarez could be banned pending the result of a Fifa investigation into an incident involving Giorgio Chiellini

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The 43-year-old Colombia goalkeeper came on as a substitute late into his side's 4-1 win over Japan to make history by breaking Cameroon striker Roger Milla's record

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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Jose Pekerman's charges sealed maximum points in Group C and booked a last-16 clash with Uruguay in a game which saw Faryd Mondragon make World Cup history

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Carlos Queiroz's men need to win against Safet Susic's eliminated side and rely on Nigeria losing to Argentina in Porto Alegre to have any chance of making the round of 16

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COMMENT: The Asian champions have come up woefully short so far in the World Cup leaving many questions to answer, not least their stress-free qualification campaign

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Colombia assured their place in the last 16 thanks to wins over Cote d'Ivoire and Greece and their coach admits to being disappointed by the Japanese performances so far

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The Asian champions are expected to depart the World Cup at the group stage following two poor showings and their Italian coach has lamented his team's mentality

Monday, June 23, 2014

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Samurai Blue were expected to lead the Asian charge at the World Cup but after a defeat and a draw they are on the brink of going home early

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Vicente del Bosque's men swept aside the Socceroos to secure third place in Group B, with their elimination already having been assured

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The coach has seen his side win convincingly twice and will look to head into the knockout stages with the confidence of three straight group victories

Sunday, June 22, 2014

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The South Korea boss admitted his side's defending left a lot to be desired as they slumped to a crucial defeat against Algeria on Sunday

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The African nation raced into a three-goal in the first half and, though they were made to work in the second period, sealed a crucial victory

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The Socceroos may be heading home, but they are aiming to cause an upset before they leave by inflicting further misery onto the deposed world champions