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Cristiano Ronaldo is ready for U.S., teammate says

CAMPINAS, Brazil — Cristiano Ronaldo is fully fit to face the United States, a Portuguese teammate said Wednesday.

The forward and 2013 world player of the year has been hampered by tendinitis in his left knee and a left thigh injury since before the World Cup. He was listed as doubtful but played in Monday's 4-0 loss to Germany.

Ronaldo, who was unavailable for comment, had an ice pack on the knee during practice Wednesday. But goalkeeper Beto said he would be ready for Sunday.

"He loves football, but his body is the most important thing for him," Beto said. "So if he starts a match, he is ready. He is fit. So I don't think that is a problem.

"(He is) sick of reading things about him that are not true."

Break-in: About 100 Chilean fans busted through a security checkpoint at a Rio stadium in an attempt to attend the game against the Spain. They surged through the media center under the stands, pushing and shoving past journalists and TV crews toward a corridor they apparently believed would lead to the grandstands.

To get to the corridor, they broke down a temporary wall, sending metal lockers crashing to the ground. They then rushed back down the corridor in the other direction, sending parts of the same wall crashing onto media work tables.

Security contained the fans about 15 minutes after the initial break-in. The Rio de Janeiro state security secretariat, which oversees security, said 85 fans were detained.

Demoted ref: Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura, whose disputed foul call led to Brazil's go-ahead goal in the opener, was named the fourth official for Honduras-Ecuador on Friday.

Belgium: Tests showed no damage to a toe of midfielder Eden Hazard. He absorbed hard tackles Tuesday against Algeria and did not practice Wednesday. But team officials said he should be ready to face Russia on Sunday.

Netherlands: Defender Bruno Martins Indi was taken to a hospital for concussion tests after being fouled by Australia's Tim Cahill. Results weren't available. Cahill was given his second yellow card of the tournament and will miss the final group game. Dutch forward Robin van Persie also picked up his second yellow card of the tournament and will miss the final group game.

Uruguay: Captain and defender Diego Lugano will miss today's game against England with a strained left knee. His status for the group finale against Italy hasn't been determined.

Cristiano Ronaldo is ready for U.S., teammate says 06/18/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 10:12pm]
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