Spain defeated Australia, 3-0, Netherlands topped Chile, 2-0, Brazil beat Cameroon, 4-1, and Mexico bested Croatia, 3-1, in World Cup action Monday.
United States soccer fans celebrated around the world as their team defeated Ghana 2-1 on the fifth day of competition in Natal, Brazil in a Group G match.
Host country Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1 during the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Brazil has beefed up security ahead of the World Cup, with troops deployed at borders and stadiums. Brazilian authorities say the risk of a terrorist attack is low because the country has no enemies but the most serious threat will likely come from street demonstrations.
As fans around the world tune in to World Cup 2014, a few fans out of this world will be watching, too. United States astronauts Reid Wiseman and Steve Swanson and German astronaut Alexander Gerst will be cheering on their teams from some 230 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station, NASA reports.
Reuters photographers on every continent, in countries from China to the Czech Republic, went out to capture images of soccer goalposts used by players to practice the “beautiful game.”
Graffiti, in reference to the 2014 World Cup, is found on the streets of Brazil.
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