WORLD CUP 2014

Tim Krul was introduced just for the penalty shoot-out and was decisive as the Netherlands ended Costa Rica’s World Cup dream.
There are reports Angel Di Maria’s World Cup is over after he limped off during Argentina’s win over Belgium.
Leo Messi has no intention of holding back for Argentina now they are in the semi-final. “We want more.”
Brazilian medics assure Neymar’s career “is not compromised” due to a fractured vertebra, but he’ll be out for 45 days.
Belgium Coach Marc Wilmots tried to “look at the positives” from their World Cup quarter-final exit to Argentina.
Argentina Coach Alejandro Sabella praised their “best performance” to beat Belgium 1-0.
Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie lead the way as the Netherlands face giant-killers Costa Rica in the quarter-final.
Belgium captain Vincent Kompany still saw their World Cup as “a great adventure” after defeat to Argentina.
Napoli hero Gonzalo Higuain allowed Argentina to beat Belgium, but now he will “aim for the Final.”
Gonzalo Higuain’s instinctive strike gave Argentina a 1-0 win over Belgium to book a World Cup semi-final spot.
Juan Camilo Zuniga sent a message to Neymar and assured “no ill intent, malice or negligence” in the foul.
Lazio transfer target Stefan De Vrij “has no agreement with Manchester United,” assured the Dutch international’s agent.
FIFA are “analysing” Juan Camilo Zuniga’s challenge on Neymar, which fractured the Brazilian’s vertebra.
Alessandro Matri is close to joining Genoa on loan with Sime Vrsaljko sold to Milan.
Leo Messi takes on Eden Hazard, but with Argentina and Belgium both on winning streaks, something has to give.
Chile’s Gary Medel confirmed he “is wanted in Italy and that is a good possibility” with Inter and Napoli linked.
Neymar saluted his Brazil teammates from a wheelchair, as there are calls for Juan Camilo Zuniga to receive a ban.
Newly-promoted Palermo have set their sights on Costa Rica’s Bryan Ruiz, who will be released by Fulham.
Juan Camilo Zuniga has received death threats and racist insults after ruling Neymar out of the World Cup.
Colombian World Cup regular Pablo Armero “is for sale,” confirmed his club Udinese.
Spanish media claim Alexis Sanchez has rejected Liverpool, so the race is between Juventus and Arsenal.
Miroslav Klose said Germany “want to return to the Maracanà” for the World Cup Final, but first need to get past Brazil.
Fiorentina have reportedly told Roma they must hand over Alessandro Florenzi if they want Juan Guillermo Cuadrado.
Roma right-back Douglas Maicon told Felipao Scolari he “was born ready” when picked for Brazil-Colombia.
Costa Rica Coach Jorge Luis Pinto warned officials to “watch out for Arjen Robben diving” in today’s quarter-final.

WORLD CUP 2014 BLOGS

Richard Thomas says Cesare Prandelli’s arrival at Galatasaray provides the former Italy boss with an ideal opportunity to prove himself a winner.