Group A

  • Mexico have big hopes for 'Chicharito' in Brazil June 7, 2014

    Javier Hernandez getting back among the goals at Manchester United after a bit-part role this season would come as a welcome relief to Mexico coach Miguel Herrera ahead of the World Cup in Brazil, after finding firepower a big problem in qualifying. Nicknamed 'Chicharito', or little pea, fans of the 25-year-old...
  • Brazil's coach Scolari predicts WC final against Argentina June 6, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has projected that Argentina will be the most likely opponent if the hosts can make it all the way to the World Cup final. Scolari said on Thursday he and his staff analyzed the tournament's bracket and predicted the two South American powers will...
  • Brazil jump to No.3 in FIFA rankings ahead of World Cup June 6, 2014

    Rio De Janeiro: Brazil jumped one spot to No.3 while Argentina leapt two places to No.5 in the latest FIFA world rankings announced on Thursday. The rankings update is the last before the World Cup in Brazil, which begins June 12. Defending champions Spain are still No.1 followed by Germany in...
  • World Cup: Brazil expects and hopes to kill off ghost of 1950 June 5, 2014

    Sao Paulo: With a passionate crowd behind them, a savvy coach and a settled team enjoying a sparkling run of form Brazil are hot favourites to lift a record sixth World Cup this July. After their quarterfinal defeat to the Netherlands four years ago, coach Dunga was replaced by Mano Menezes...
  • Brazil's Scolari 'demanding more' ahead of World Cup June 4, 2014

    Brazil turned on an impressive second half performance in their drubbing of Panama on Tuesday but have a ways to go before they are ready for their World Cup opener, according to manager Luiz Felipe Scolari. Brazil struggled in the early minutes of their penultimate friendly until a goal from Neymar...
  • Scolari says he can't wait for World Cup to start June 3, 2014

    Goiania: Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is eager to get Brazil's World Cup campaign underway and wishes the tournament was starting right now. Scolari said on Monday that although it would be good to have more time to better prepare the squad ahead of the June 12 opener, there's no point...
  • Hockey WC 2014: Simon Mantell's late goal helps England beat India 2-1 June 2, 2014

    The Hague: India's shaky defence conceded a goal in the dying minutes of the second half to go down 1-2 against England in their second Group A match of the hockey World Cup 2014 at the Kyocera Stadium here on Monday. England prevailed through a 69th-minute penalty corner rebound conversion by...
  • Germany show rustiness in draw with feisty Cameroon June 2, 2014

    World Cup contenders Germany came from a goal down to draw 2-2 with hard-working Cameroon on Sunday in their penultimate game before this month's tournament in Brazil, showing they still have work to do to fine-tune their title challenge. The Germans, who play Armenia on June 6 in their final warm-up,...
  • I'm not an automatic starter, says Brazil's Marcelo May 30, 2014

    Marcelo, one of Brazil's best-known players, does not consider himself an automatic choice to start the opening World Cup match against Croatia and said all the squad knew they must fight for places. Defender Marcelo, who has 30 caps, has consistently been one of the first names on Luiz Felipe Scolari's...
  • I'm more prepared for this World Cup: Julio Cesar May 28, 2014

    Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar said he starts the World Cup at home a lot more prepared than he was four years ago, when his mistake played a part in the team's elimination in South Africa. He conceded that he took things for granted before the 2010 tournament, when he arrived considered...
  • Romario criticises former team mate Ronaldo May 27, 2014

    Former World Cup winner Romario launched another attack on Brazil's organisation of the World Cup on Monday and accused former team mate Ronaldo of inconsistency. The once deadly striker said comments by Ronaldo, who works on the tournament's organising committee but professed himself embarrassed at Brazil's shortcomings in an interview with...
  • Brazil scouting of possible opponents complete: Parreira May 27, 2014

    Brazil have prepared dossiers on 16 possible opponents who could stand between them and a sixth World Cup, assistant manager Carlos Alberto Parreira said on Monday. The three other teams in Group A, Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon, have been scouted and analysed for strengths and weaknesses. All four Group B teams Australia,...
  • Niko Kranjcar's injury a headache for Croatia May 26, 2014

    Saturday was a day for celebration in Croatian camp in the Austrian resort of Bad Tatzmannsdorf after Luka Modric won UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid and Niko Kranjcar earned a promotion to English Premier League with Queens Park Rangers. Yet, there was some bad news on Sunday, as well. Kranjcar...
  • Croatian teammates hail Real Madrid star Luka Modric May 26, 2014

    Luka Modric and his UEFA Champions League football victory with Real Madrid were main topics at the Croatian football camp in the Austrian resort of Bad Tatzmannsdorf for the next month's FIFA World Cup. Teammates were all praise for Modric's exploits that saw Real Madrid claw back into the match in...
  • Ronaldo hopes Brazil can deliver home triumph May 24, 2014

    Embarrassed about his country's inability to complete the promised infrastructure ahead of next month's football World Cup, Brazil great Ronaldo believes the hosts will get it right on the pitch and win the tournament for a record sixth time. Brazil will stage the World Cup in June and July for the...
  • Cameroon get new oppenents in final pre-World Cup warm-up May 23, 2014

    Cameroon have found a replacement for their planned World Cup send off in Yaounde next month with Moldova agreeing to play on June 7, Cameroon Football Federation chairman Joseph Owona said on Friday. Earlier this week, Cameroon announced the cancellation of the planned final pre-World Cup warm-up and send off in...
  • World Cup pressure giving Brazil's Luiz sleepless nights May 21, 2014

    Brazil defender David Luiz says he is having sleepless nights worrying about the World Cup, while his team mate Dani Alves describes the intense pressure of being tournament hosts as "delicious". "We are anxious, I wish it was starting tomorrow," Luiz said at a commercial event in Sao Paulo on Tuesday. "Some...
  • Ranji Trophy, Group A: Karnataka beat Delhi; Mumbai defeat Gujarat to enter quarter-finals January 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Karnataka dispatched Delhi by eight wickets at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on Thursday to comfortably top the Ranji Trophy Group A. Delhi, starting day four at 132 for 6, were bowled out for 201 in their second innings, giving their bowlers a meagre 115 to defend. Karnataka ensured there...
  • Ranji Trophy: Punjab spinners sink Jharkhand to an innings defeat January 2, 2014

    Part-time offspinner Gurkeerat Singh and left-arm tweaker Rajwinder Singh finished with match-haul of eight wickets each as Punjab progressed into the knockout round by hammering Jharkhand by an innings and 173 runs in a Ranji Trophy Group A match in Dhanbad on Wednesday. The result meant that Jharkhand will have to return...
  • Ranji Trophy: Jharkhand-Vidarbha match ends in a draw December 25, 2013

    In-form opener Faiz Fazal (91) missed out on his century even as the Ranji Trophy Group A match between Vidarbha and host Jharkhand ended in a draw on the final day at Keenan Stadium in Jamshedpur on Wednesday. Vidarbha had scored 218 runs in reply to Jharkhand`s first innings total of 332....
  • Ranji Trophy, Group A: Odisha deny Mumbai an outright win December 17, 2013

    Mumbai: Forced to follow on, Odisha fought hard to earn a draw against Mumbai as Natraj Behera scored his second century of the match on the fourth and final day of their Group A Ranji Trophy tie on Tuesday. The visitors, who resumed on 115 for 2 in their second innings,...
  • Ranji Trophy, Group A: Virender Sehwag fails again for Delhi; Punjab bowled out for 184 December 6, 2013

    Sambalpur: Virender Sehwag's awful form continued but Mithun Manhas (92) and Rajat Bhatia (unbeaten 71) struck half-centuries to ensure that Delhi reach a respectable 268 for 6 against Odisha on day one of their Ranji trophy Group A match on Friday. Delhi's top-order came a cropper after being inserted in to...
  • Ranji Trophy, Group A: Mumbai thrash Vidarbha; Gujarat earn three points December 1, 2013

    Mumbai: Defending champions Mumbai needed just 22 minutes and 31 balls to wrap up a massive 338-run victory over minnows Vidarbha and log six points to shoot to the top of the Ranji Trophy Group A table at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday. Chasing an imposing target of 530 and...
  • Ranji Trophy, Group A: Gambhir hits 153 as Delhi close in on big win November 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir served a timely reminder to the selectors with a potentially match-winning knock of 153 while Virender Sehwag failed yet again as Delhi closed in on a comprehensive outright win against Haryana in a Ranji Trophy group League encounter at Roshnara club. Starting the day at...
  • Ranji Trophy, Group A: Zaheer takes five as Mumbai take upper hand November 16, 2013

    Mumbai: Zaheer Khan bagged a five-wicket haul before Aditya Tare struck a strokeful century as Mumbai took a substantial lead after posting 198 for 2 in the second innings over Delhi in their Group A Ranji Trophy match here on Saturday. Mumbai batted the second time after Delhi were all out...
  • Ranji Trophy, Group A: Gambhir scores 64 as Delhi reach 191/3 November 15, 2013

    Mumbai: Seeking to make a comeback to the Indian team, Gautam Gambhir made a patient half-century but Virender Sehwag failed again as Delhi reached 191 for 3 in reply to Mumbai's 324 in their Group A Ranji Trophy match here on Friday. At stumps on the second day of the match,...
  • Karnataka face Gujarat in Group A Ranji Trophy clash November 13, 2013

    Bangalore: Hosts Karnataka will look to garner maximum points by going for a win when they take on Gujarat, currently placed second on points table, in a Group A Ranji Trophy match, starting here on Thursday. Karnataka walked away with three points courtesy first innings lead against Jharkhand in Mysore and...
  • Ranji Trophy, Group A: Sehwag, Gambhir fail as Delhi struggle at 195/4 November 8, 2013

    Surat: Akshar Patel's three-wicket haul gave Gujarat an upper hand as they reduced Delhi to 195 for four at stumps on day two, even as India discards - Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir - failed once again to make an impression in their Group A Ranji Trophy match on Friday. Gujarat,...
  • Ranji Trophy, Group A: Punjab thrash Odisha in Round 1 October 30, 2013

    Mohali: A disciplined bowling display helped Punjab dismiss Odisha for 307 in their second innings and notch up a convincing an innings and 48-run victory with a bonus point in a Group A Ranji Trophy match on the fourth and final day here on Wednesday. After bundling out Odisha for 205...
  • Tendulkar asked me to stay relaxed: Dhawal Kulkarni October 30, 2013

    Lahli: Lost in the crowd surrounding Sachin Tendulkar following his match-winning knock in his last Ranji Trophy game, Mumbai's Dhawal Kulkarni on Wednesday said it was the retiring legend's guidance that helped him hang around after being hit on the face by a sharp bouncer. Tendulkar's farewell game ended in a...