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COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - Coaches and players were quick to react to Friday's World Cup draw. The following is a selection.
Who wound up in difficult groups and who got away easy from Friday's World Cup draw (average world ranking for four teams in parentheses):
LONDON - Gareth Bale took first place in The Associated Press global soccer poll Tuesday after scoring his first hat trick for Real Madrid.
PARIS - What's not to like about Cristiano Ronaldo? Other than the fact that he's fabulously rich, a giant success in his chosen profession, has a cute-looking son and steps out with a fashion model.
PARIS - What's not to like about Cristiano Ronaldo? Other than the fact that he's fabulously rich, a giant success in his chosen profession, steps out with a fashion model, has a cute-looking son and is dreamy to many members of the opposite and indeed his own sex.
LONDON - Quotes from voters in this week's AP global football poll:
DORTMUND, Germany - Borussia Dortmund has lost two more defenders to injuries in a major blow before its Bundesliga showdown with Bayern Munich.
AMSTERDAM - The Netherlands held Colombia to a 0-0 draw Tuesday despite playing for nearly an hour with 10 men after Jeremain Lens was sent off.
GENK, Belgium - Japan fought back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against the Netherlands on Saturday in a friendly between two World Cup qualifiers.
AMSTERDAM - Ajax defender Joel Veltman was rewarded for strong recent form with a first summons to the Netherlands squad on Friday.
PLZEN, Czech Republic - Reigning champion Bayern Munich stormed into the knockout stage of the Champions League with a 1-0 victory at Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday.