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2014 FIFA World Cup: Life beyond the stadium

2014 FIFA World Cup: Life beyond the stadium

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The Arena de Sao Paulo, which is reported to have cost in excess of 200 million GBP, hosted the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and has a capacity of over 61,000. The total cost borne by Brazil for staging the 2014 World Cup is estimated to be 6.5 billion GBP, which critics have argued would have better spent on the millions of Brazilians living in poverty, such as in the adjacent poor neighborhood of Itaquera. Photos by Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images.

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2014 FIFA World Cup: Nigeria wins tight finish, Ghana and Germany tie, Messi overage score gives Argentina win over Iran

2014 FIFA World Cup: Nigeria wins tight finish, Ghana and Germany tie, Messi overage score gives Argentina win over Iran

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The Nigerian team made a single goal last for a win over Bosnia and Herzegovina, who fails to advance in their first World Cup. In a surprise that might help the United States, Ghana and Germany played to a 2-2 tie. The day’s opener saw Lionel Messi score in overage time to give Argentina the 1-0 victory over Iran.

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2014 FIFA World Cup: Equador beats Honduras, England out of World Cup contest, France wins 5-2 over Switzerland

2014 FIFA World Cup: Equador beats Honduras, England out of World Cup contest, France wins 5-2 over Switzerland

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Get ready, North America. There might be days when there are better matches, or more important matches (the USA on Sunday), but no other day in Brazil will feature two CONCACAF teams. CONCACAF heroes Costa Rica can seal England’s fate with a point against Italy, who through one game is giving the Dutch a run for its money in terms of mixing in world-class older talent with some dynamic youngsters.
 
Switzerland and France also have a lot at stake in the middle match of the three . The Swiss played poorly for pretty much the entire game Sunday against Ecuador, only to steal a win in stoppage time.

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2014 FIFA World Cup: Japan and Greece tie 0-0

2014 FIFA World Cup: Japan and Greece tie 0-0

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Japan and Greece tied 0-0 in their match. In previous matches England and Uruguay took disappointing losses to Italy and Costa Rica, respectively. Uruguay turned it around by beating England 2-1 this afternoon with Luis Suarez scoring both of Uruguay’s goals. Earlier in the day Colombia defeated Ivory Coast.

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2014 FIFA World Cup: Draws for Brazil, Russia; Belgium rallys 2-1 against Algeria

2014 FIFA World Cup: Draws for Brazil, Russia; Belgium rallys 2-1 against Algeria

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Day 6 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicked off with upstart Belgium defeating Algeria 2-1. In the afternoon Brazil and Mexico battled to a nil, nil finish. Russia and Korea Republic tied 1-1 in the evening.

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