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U.S. women defeat Brazil 4-1 to clinch Tournament of Nations title

Julie Ertz, Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan scored second-half goals and the United States took control to beat Brazil 4-1 for the Tournament of Nations title. Heath’s curling goal in the 62nd minute put the United States up 3-1 and gave the team the margin it needed to edge defending tournament champion Australia.

Brazil coach Tite extends contract until 2022 World Cup

Brazil coach Tite has extended his contract until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Tite is the first Brazil coach to extend his deal after a World Cup since the 1978 edition. His team was knocked out by Belgium in the quarter-finals in Russia earlier this month. It was only his second defeat at the helm.

Belgium eliminates Brazil from World Cup, wins 2-1 in quarterfinal thriller

Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years by holding off five-time champion Brazil 2-1. The result sends Neymar home without living up to the expectations of being soccer’s most expensive player. Kevin De Bruyne scored after a Brazil own-goal had given Belgium the lead. Belgium will face France in the semifinals on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.

World Cup kickoff: First quarterfinals feature familiar foes

The first day of quarterfinals at the World Cup includes several teammates from top clubs playing against each other. The France-Uruguay match features Antoine Griezmann playing against Atletico Madrid squadmates Jose Maria Gimenez and Diego Godin, the godfather of Griezmann’s daughter. Brazil against Belgium pits Manchester City teammates Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho and Danilo against Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne.

Brazil coach Tite not a fan of penalty shootouts at World Cup

Brazil coach Tite isn’t a fan of penalty shootouts. He just doesn’t have any better ideas. Tite said “a football match should never end by taking penalties.” Brazil will face Belgium in the quarterfinals on Friday and the team has been practicing spot kicks just in case.

Brazil superstar Neymar urged to stop acting, win titles to get FIFA award

Neymar needs Brazil to win the World Cup before he can be voted the world’s best player. That’s according to the world champion who first won FIFA’s top individual award. Lothar Matthaeus, the captain of West Germany’s 1990 World Cup winning team, said Neymar could help himself by cutting out his theatrical play-acting in games in Russia.

Neymar leads Brazil past Mexico, into World Cup quarterfinals

Flaunting his flair and his finishing touch wasn’t enough. Neymar put his theatrics on show, too. What became clear in Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Mexico on Monday is that the wild side of the striker’s character is going nowhere at this year’s World Cup. And neither is Brazil.

Brazil advances to round of 16 at World Cup, tops Serbia 2-0

Paulinho and Thiago Silva scored a goal each to give Brazil a 2-0 victory over Serbia and first place in their World Cup group. Brazil won Group E and will next face Mexico in the round of 16 on Monday in Samara. Serbia was eliminated.

Brazil and Germany try to salvage World Cup and advance

Two of the best teams in international soccer go into their final group matches in danger of being bounced from the World Cup. Germany and Brazil were early favorites for the title but both struggled through their opening matches. The teams have a combined nine World Cup titles and Germany is the defending champion. Brazil is still trying to redeem itself from a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 semifinals.

Brazil scores late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup

Philippe Coutinho and Neymar scored injury-time goals to help Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 at the World Cup. Coutinho poked the ball past goalkeeper Keylor Navas in the first minute of injury time and Neymar volleyed in another with virtually the last kick of the game six minutes later. Neymar then broke down in tears and sobbed for several moments. His teammates helped him off the ground to celebrate.

Neymar leaves Brazil training session limping

Neymar has limped out of Brazil’s training session at the World Cup because of pain in his right ankle. The Brazilian soccer confederation says the injury is not serious. It says Neymar left as a precaution and would be back in training on Wednesday.

Michel Platini says 1998 World Cup draw ‘trickery’ helped France

France soccer great Michel Platini insists “a little trickery” in the 1998 World Cup draw ensured his home country would avoid playing Brazil until the final which it won in Paris. Not so, according to Sepp Blatter, who as FIFA’s then CEO-like general secretary conducted the draw in Marseille in December 1997.

Brazil’s da Silva in police custody after tense showdown

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was taken into police custody Saturday after a tense showdown with his own supporters, the capstone of an intense three days that underscored raw emotions over the incarceration of a once wildly popular leader who has been engulfed by corruption allegations.