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SUPER MARIO: Gotze clinches World Cup for Germany

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:05pm Monday 14th July 2014

GERMANY were crowned world champions for the fourth time thanks to a stunning extra-time winner from super-sub Mario Gotze.

Argentina reach World Cup final after penalty shootout win over Holland

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:29am Thursday 10th July 2014

ARGENTINA are just 90 minutes away from lifting the World Cup in the Maracana after they edged past Holland on penalties in Wednesday's semi-final at the Arena Corinthians.

Germany obliterate hosts Brazil

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

BRAZIL'S dreams of making a return to a World Cup final in the Maracana were shattered in the most agonising manner as Germany inflicted on the hosts one of the most remarkable defeats in the 84-year history of this competition.

Holland break Costa Rican hearts on penalties

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:24am Monday 7th July 2014

HOLLAND'S substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul dramatically made two saves in a penalty shoot-out against Costa Rica to carry his side into the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Argentina ease into World Cup semi-finals

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:22am Monday 7th July 2014

ARGENTINA eased into the World Cup semi-finals as a disappointing Belgium side made a low-key exit from the tournament.

Luiz thunderbolt sends Brazil through to semis - but Neymar ruled out of World Cup

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:17am Monday 7th July 2014

DAVID Luiz thundered home one of the World Cup's finest goals as Brazil progressed to the semi-finals, disposing of Colombia in an enthralling battle.

Germany progress after victory over lacklustre France

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:14am Monday 7th July 2014

GERMANY secured a familiar World Cup semi-final berth with a minimum of fuss as French hopes of avenging past injustices shrivelled and died in the Maracana.

Chris Flanagan: Brazil just the perfect host nation

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:08am Friday 4th July 2014

IF every World Cup could be held in Brazil, then I for one would not complain.

Belgium reach quarter-finals with USA win

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:23am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

An outstanding performance from the United States, inspired by Tim Howard, could not prevent American hearts being broken as Belgium finally produced a performance to match their pre-World Cup billing.

Di Maria breaks Swiss hearts in extra-time

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:18am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

ARGENTINA squeezed into the quarter-finals of the World Cup thanks to a last-gasp extra-time winner from Angel Di Maria.

Germany unconvincing in Algeria win

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:55am Tuesday 1st July 2014

GERMANY scraped through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup despite being given a real scare by Algeria on a thrilling night of football in Porto Alegre.

France march into World Cup quarter-finals

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:52am Tuesday 1st July 2014

FRANCE marched into the World Cup quarter-finals after shading an absorbing contest against Nigeria in Brasilia courtesy of Paul Pogba's header.

Holland through to last 8 after dramatic last gasp win over Mexico

Lancashire Telegraph: Holland through to last 16 after dramatic last gasp win over Mexico

10:32am Monday 30th June 2014

KLAAS Jan Huntelaar kept his cool in the heat of Fortaleza as Holland stunned Mexico with an injury-time winner.

Ten-man Costa Rica beat Greece on penalties

Lancashire Telegraph: Ten-man Costa Rica beat Greece on penalties

10:34am Monday 30th June 2014

COSTA Rica are through to their first ever World Cup quarter-final after recovering from a second-half red card, a late Greece leveller and an extra-time barrage to progress on penalties.

Rodriguez double sends Uruguay out of World Cup

Lancashire Telegraph: Rodriguez double sends Uruguay out of World Cup

10:29am Monday 30th June 2014

URUGUAY followed their shamed striker Luis Suarez out of the World Cup as the furore over his lengthy ban for biting was eclipsed by a goal of spectacular beauty by Colombia's young star James Rodriguez.

Hosts Brazil squeeze past Chile on penalties

Lancashire Telegraph: Hosts Brazil squeeze past Chile on penalties

10:25am Monday 30th June 2014

BRAZIL squeezed through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup after coming within a whisker of going out against an accomplished Chile side.

Germany defeat USA to top group

Lancashire Telegraph: Germany defeat USA to top group

12:50pm Friday 27th June 2014

THOMAS Muller moved level with Lionel Messi and Neymar at the top of the World Cup scoring charts with the goal which took Germany through to the last 16.

Algeria make history with Russia draw

Lancashire Telegraph: Algeria make history with Russia draw

12:53pm Friday 27th June 2014

ALGERIA booked their place in the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time in their history with a 1-1 draw against Russia in Curitiba.

Ghana win not enough for Portugal

Lancashire Telegraph: Ghana win not enough for Portugal

12:50pm Friday 27th June 2014

A 2-1 victory over Ghana was not enough to save Portugal's World Cup campaign as their target of a top-two finish in Group G and a place in the knockout stages fell agonisingly short.

Vertonghen nets winner for Belgium in Korea win

Lancashire Telegraph: Jan Vertonghen celebrates his winner for Belgium. Picture: Action Images

12:20am Friday 27th June 2014

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen scored the winner as Belgium beat South Korea 1-0 to set up a last-16 tie with the USA.

Suarez hit with four-month ban

Lancashire Telegraph: Suarez hit with four-month ban

4:06pm Thursday 26th June 2014

LUIS Suarez has been given a nine-game international ban and a four-month suspension from all football for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Jay Rod: Great to see mates get World Cup start

Lancashire Telegraph: Jay Rod was delighted to see his Saints team-mates Adam Lallana (pictured) and Luke Shaw start for England against Costa Rica

12:49pm Thursday 26th June 2014

IT was great to see my Southampton team-mates Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw get a start for England in the final group game with Costa Rica.

Shaqiri hat-trick fires Switzerland into knock-out stages

Lancashire Telegraph: Shaqiri hat-trick fires Switzerland into knock-out stages

10:58am Thursday 26th June 2014

A XHERDAN Shaqiri hat-trick fired Switzerland into the knock-out stages with a 3-0 victory over Honduras and set up a mouth-watering tie against Argentina in the first round of the knock-out stages.

France held by 10-man Ecuador

Lancashire Telegraph: France held by 10-man Ecuador

10:56am Thursday 26th June 2014

FRANCE secured top spot in Group E and a last 16 showdown with Nigeria as Ecuador’s Manchester United midfielder Antonio Valencia saw red for a two-footed lunge in the Maracana.

Messi inspires Argentina to win over Nigeria

Lancashire Telegraph: Messi inspires Argentina to win over Nigeria

10:54am Thursday 26th June 2014

LIONEL Messi scored twice, including a sumptuous free-kick, to help Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 and ensure qualification to the knockout stages as winners of Group F.

Bosnia eliminate Iran with win

Lancashire Telegraph: Bosnia eliminate Iran with win

10:51am Thursday 26th June 2014

IRAN'S dreams of a place in the last 16 of the World Cup were ended by goals from Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, Miralem Pjanic and Avdija Vrsajevic as Bosnia-Herzegovina’s tournament ended with a 3-1 win.

Dramatic late penalty sends Greece through to knockout stages

Lancashire Telegraph: Dramatic late penalty sends Greece through to knockout stages

11:40am Wednesday 25th June 2014

FORMER Celtic striker Georgios Samaras struck an injury-time penalty as Greece snatched a place in the World Cup last-16 with a dramatic 2-1 win over Ivory Coast.

Rodriguez inspires Colombia to victory over Japan

Lancashire Telegraph: Rodriguez inspires Colombia to victory over Japan

11:36am Wednesday 25th June 2014

MIDFIELDER James Rodriguez enhanced his growing reputation with an influential display as a second-half substitute as Colombia set up a mouthwatering clash with fellow South Americans Uruguay after victory over Japan in Cuiaba guaranteed them top spot in Group C.

Suarez bite overshadows Uruguay's win over Italy

Lancashire Telegraph: Suarez bite overshadows Uruguay's win over Italy

11:33am Wednesday 25th June 2014

LUIS Suarez found himself at the centre of another biting storm shortly before Diego Godin's late goal sent Uruguay through to the World Cup knockout stages at the expense of 10-man Italy in Natal.

England end World Cup with Costa Rica draw

Lancashire Telegraph: Luke Shaw in action against Costa Rica

11:29am Wednesday 25th June 2014

ENGLAND'S dismal World Cup campaign ended in a fittingly underwhelming fashion as Roy Hodgson's men laboured to a dull goalless draw against Costa Rica.

Lloris' France progress to World Cup second round as group winners

Lancashire Telegraph: Hugo Lloris shows his frustration as another French chances goes astray. Picture: Action Images

11:12pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris kept a clean sheet as France drew 0-0 with ten-man Ecuador to reach the World Cup second round as group winners.

Unbeaten Mexico qualify for knock-out stages

Lancashire Telegraph: Unbeaten Mexico qualify for knock-out stages

9:44am Tuesday 24th June 2014

MEXICO captain Rafael Marquez once again led by example to help carry his side into the last 16 with a 3-1 victory over Croatia which ended their hopes of qualifying from Group A.

PATRIOTIC: Blackburn football fans still backing England

Lancashire Telegraph: FREED: A starling named after England star Danny Welbeck, pictured

9:53am Tuesday 24th June 2014

ENGLAND fans in Blackburn have shown they are among the most patriotic in the country, if betting figures are to be believed.

Brilliant Neymar inspires Brazil to victory

Lancashire Telegraph: Brilliant Neymar inspires Brazil to victory

9:46am Tuesday 24th June 2014

NEYMAR'S superb two-goal show inspired Brazil as the hosts eased through to the last 16 of the World Cup, finishing top of Group A to set up a meeting with Chile.

Spain end poor World Cup with Australia win

Lancashire Telegraph: Spain end poor World Cup with Australia win

9:42am Tuesday 24th June 2014

SPAIN at least ensured the end of their golden era finished with a 3-0 victory as they saw off Australia in something of a lacklustre Group B dead-rubber match in Curitiba.

Holland top Group B after beating Chile

Lancashire Telegraph: Holland top Group B after beating Chile

9:39am Tuesday 24th June 2014

HOLLAND secured top spot in World Cup Group B after late goals from substitutes Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay steered them to a 2-0 victory over Chile in Sao Paulo on Monday.

Late Varela header denies USA

Lancashire Telegraph: Late Varela header denies USA

10:50am Monday 23rd June 2014

SUBSTITUTE Silvestre Varela headed in a stoppage-time equaliser against the United States to keep Portugal’s slim World Cup hopes alive.

Belgium leave it late to defeat Russia

Lancashire Telegraph: Belgium leave it late to defeat Russia

10:45am Monday 23rd June 2014

BELGIUM had to rely on a first international goal from 19-year-old striker Divock Origi to settle a tight and often dreary contest against Fabio Capello’s Russia side.

Algeria win first World Cup game since 1982

Lancashire Telegraph: Algeria win first World Cup game since 1982

10:41am Monday 23rd June 2014

SPORTING Lisbon striker Islam Slimani led the way as Algeria rekindled their hopes of emerging from Group H with a thrilling 4-2 victory over South Korea.

Nigeria end Bosnia-Herzegovina's World Cup hopes

Lancashire Telegraph: Nigeria ends Bosnia's World Cup hopes

10:36am Monday 23rd June 2014

BOSNIA-Herzegovina suffered their second successive World Cup defeat as Nigeria’s 1-0 win in Cuiaba ended the debutants’ hopes of reaching the knockout stages.

Klose closes in on World Cup scoring record

Lancashire Telegraph: GLORY GOAL: Germany striker Miroslav Klose peels away after scoring against Ghana

10:31am Monday 23rd June 2014

GHANA kept their World Cup hopes alive by denying Germany in Fortaleza in a 2-2 draw which saw Miroslav Klose become the joint leading World Cup goalscorer.

Magic Messi sends Argentina through to knockout stages

Lancashire Telegraph: Magic Messi sends Argentina through to knockout stages

10:25am Monday 23rd June 2014

ARGENTINA once again required heroics from their talisman Lionel Messi as the diminutive forward scored an injury-time winner to secure qualification from World Cup Group F and break the hearts of a dogged Iran.

Ivory Coast defender linked with Spurs move

Lancashire Telegraph: Serge Aurier holds off Colombia's James Rodriguez. Picture: Action Images

1:00pm Monday 23rd June 2014

Tottenham Hotspur will go head-to-head with north London rivals Arsenal to sign the Ivory Coast’s highly-rated full-back, Serge Aurier, according to the Daily Mail.

Bentaleb helps Algeria thrash South Korea

Lancashire Telegraph: Nabil Bentaleb battles in the air with Han Kook-young. Picture: Action Images

10:44am Monday 23rd June 2014

Spurs midfielder Nabil Bentaleb helped Algeria beat South Korea 4-2 in their Group H World Cup clash yesterday.

Vertonghen the only Spurs player to feature as Belgium beat Russia and qualify for last 16

Lancashire Telegraph: Jan Vertonghen (left) battles with Russia's Oleg Shatov (right). Picture: Action Images

7:09pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

Jan Vertonghen was the only member of Tottenham's Belgian trio to feature as the Red Devils overcame Russia 1-0 in their second group match.

Spurs eye World Cup hot-shot Valencia

Lancashire Telegraph: Enner Valencia wheels away in celebration after scoring against the Honduras. Picture: Action Images

12:40pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

Ecuador striker Enner Valencia has caught the eye of Tottenham Hotspur, who are keen on securing a deal for the forward after the World Cup, according to the Sunday Express.

Pochettino keen on Moreno reunion at Spurs

Lancashire Telegraph: Hector Moreno (right) grapples with Brazil striker Fred (left). Picture: Action Images

4:00pm Saturday 21st June 2014

New Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino is keen to bring Espanyol centre-back Hector Moreno to White Hart Lane next season, according to the Daily Mail.

Brilliant Suarez puts England on the brink

Lancashire Telegraph: England players are left dejected by the defeat

9:00am Friday 20th June 2014

ENGLAND stand on the brink of an early World Cup exit after Luis Suarez blew Roy Hodgson’s men away with a deadly double in Sao Paulo.

Colombia through after win over Ivory Coast

Lancashire Telegraph: Colombia's Juan Quintero fires past Ivory Coast's goalkeeper Boubacar Barry to score his sides's second goal

10:20am Friday 20th June 2014

COLOMBIA are through to the knockout stages of the World Cup after beating Ivory Coast 2-1 in a fiercely-contested Group C clash in Brasilia.

Japan held by ten-man Greece

Lancashire Telegraph: Japan held by ten-man Greece

10:21am Friday 20th June 2014

TEN-MAN Greece held Japan to a goalless World Cup draw in Thursday’s Group C clash at Arena das Dunas in Natal.



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