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10 killed in Colombia plane crash

10 killed in Colombia plane crash

Ten people, including five children, were killed in a plane crash in Colombia on Wednesday minutes after its crew signaled mechanical problems, the civil aviation authority said. The US-made twin-engine Piper PA-31 Navajo carrying eight passengers and two crew came down near Mariquita municipality in the central province of Tolima while trying to make...

Neymar magic crushes Colombia

Neymar magic crushes Colombia

A superb 83rd minute free-kick from captain Neymar gave Brazil a winning start under new coach Dunga as they beat Colombia 1-0 in a fiercely contested friendly on Friday. Colombia played most of the second half down a man after midfielder Juan Cuadrado was sent off in the 49th minute following a second yellow...

Rodriguez claims Golden Boot

Rodriguez claims Golden Boot

Colombia star James Rodriguez has been rewarded for his sensational goalscoring exploits at World Cup 2014 with the Golden Boot. The attacking midfielder was the breakout star in Brazil, inspiring his side to a first ever appearance in the quarter-final stage by netting six times in just five games. Four years after claiming the Golden...

It's now or never

It's now or never

Brazil must overcome the massive blow dealt by the injury to marquee forward Neymar if they are to beat frighteningly consistent Germany on Tuesday and book a World Cup final spot on home soil for a second time. Brazil, chasing a sixth world title, are still reeling from Neymar's injury in their quarterfinal win...

Colombia greets its World Cup heroes

Colombia greets its World Cup heroes

Colombia may have exited the World Cup at the quarterfinal stage but it did not stop a massive crowd from welcoming home their heroes in the capital Bogota Sunday. Hosts Brazil put paid to the team's hopes with a narrow 2-1 victory in Fortaleza Friday, although the win came at a heavy price with...

NEYMAR OUT OF WC

Brazil numbed

Brazil numbed

  Brazil forward Neymar has been ruled out of the World Cup after fracturing a vertebra in his back in the closing stages of the 2-1 quarterfinal win over Colombia on Friday in a major blow to the host nation. Neymar, who has scored four goals in the tournament, will miss the semifinal against Germany...

Hosts secure semi-finals berth

Hosts secure semi-finals berth

A wonderstrike from David Luiz helped Brazil to a 2-1 World Cup quarter-final win over Colombia - but star forward Neymar was stretchered off in the closing minutes, Goal.com reports. Tipped by some to exit against a side who have been the talk of the tournament, Luiz Felipe Scolari's men progressed thanks to goals...

Get well soon Neymar: Messi

Get well soon Neymar: Messi

Argentine star forward Lionel Messi has sent good wishes to Brazilian football sensation Neymar Junior who was badly injured during last night’s quarterfinal against Colombia and ruled out of the rest of the tournament. Messi, a teammate of Neymar in Spanish club Barcelona, put a status on his official Facebook page today that says:...

Referee influenced game: Rodriguez

Referee influenced game: Rodriguez

Colombia's James Rodriguez claims the referee in charge of their World Cup quarter-final defeat by Brazil had a decisive influence on the outcome. The match had a Brazil 2014 high of 54 fouls - but only four bookings - with Rodriguez, who scored his sixth goal of the tournament, fouled six times. "Carlos Velasco Carballo didn't help a lot," said Rodriguez, 22. "I think the referee influenced the game a lot, but that is how it is and we need to look forward." Hosts Brazil committed 31 fouls to Colombia's 23, with two yellow cards for each side. However, there was no booking for Colombia full-back Juan Zuniga, whose knee in the back of...

An unfamiliar face of Colombia beams at World Cup

An unfamiliar face of Colombia beams at World Cup

The euphoria in soccer-mad Colombia is deafening, and wonderfully contagious, ahead of Friday's do-or-die World Cup match against host Brazil. Never before has the star-crossed nation made the quarterfinals. Some are even waxing poetic about World Cup unity accelerating the pace of 18-month-old peace talks to end a half-century of conflict that has claimed...

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