TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa's performance was so impressive Tuesday that even Julio Cesar's young son was talking about it.
Ochoa made four outstanding saves and was picked as man of the match as Mexico drew Cesar's Brazil squad 0-0.
"He came to me after the match and said, 'Dad, congratulations, you had some nice saves, but the goalkeeper for Mexico..." Cesar said Thursday, laughing.
Cesar said his son, Cauet, couldn't stop talking about his counterpart, saying he was upset that he played so well.
"I told him not to worry because next time we will be able to beat the other goalkeeper," Cesar said.
Brazil plays Cameroon on Monday in its final group stage match. It needs a draw to advance to the second round at its home tournament.
— By Tales Azzoni — www.twitter.com/tazzoni
FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian authorities have come up with a new crime-fighting weapon: a truck loaded with security cameras, fitted to a 10-meter high mast, and wired for live transmission.
The truck has been parked for the last two days at the start of the coastal walkway, near the city's Fan Fest, and at a spot where fans and residents can pick up street food and rent roller skates.
Security cameras are generally tolerated in crime-conscious Brazil. They're used extensively to protect private property and fitted in hotel lobbies and even hallways and elevators in Fortaleza.
— By Derek Gatopoulos — www.twitter.com/dgatopoulos
WELCOME TO JUNGLE
MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — Some World Cup fans decided to come to Manaus because it was exotic, located deep in the Amazon rainforest on one of the longest rivers in the world.
Others were perfectly happy to avoid the northern Brazilian city, preferring to skip the malaria pills and yellow fever shots needed by many visitors.
And then there's Malachi and Dylan Bussey, 27-year-old twins from Atlanta who are in town to watch the United States play Portugal on Sunday at the Arena da Amazonia.
"Uh, we didn't really do any Google searches, so we had no idea what Manaus was like," said Malachi, a software development consultant who arrived in Manaus with his brother Thursday.
The Busseys bought their tickets from a third-party seller, paying $250 each. And after spending a few days watching matches at the Fan Fest in Rio de Janeiro, the game in Manaus is the only one they will see in person.
"Seemed sort of like a once-in-a-lifetime thing," said Dylan, an architect who currently lives in Dallas. "I thought, the draw came out — USA-Portugal, let's do that one."
Welcome to the jungle, guys.
— By Chris Lehourites — www.twitter.com/chrislehourites
RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — England now needs Italy's help to keep alive its slim chances of advancing at the World Cup.
Presumably Queen Elizabeth II would be pleased if England moves on, so Italy star Mario Balotelli is already contemplating what would happen should his team provide an assist. He tweeted Thursday after England lost to Uruguay: "If we beat Costa Rica i want a kiss, obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen." That was followed by three emoticons of a smiley face laughing so hard tears spurt from its eyes.
Even though the English lost their first two matches, they could still potentially advance on goal difference if Italy defeats Costa Rica and Uruguay and England beats Costa Rica. The Italians face Costa Rica on Friday.