- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

SANTOS, Brazil (AP) - If you are in Brazil for the World Cup, the next time you take a stroll on the beach and see one of the traditional football matches played on the sand, you might want to take a closer look. Some major star could be among those young guys kicking balls.

On Wednesday afternoon, Manchester United striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and six of his teammates on the Mexican team decided to take advantage of the day off given to them after a 0-0 draw with Brazil and spend a few hours playing ball with the locals at Iracema beach.

Along with Hernandez, Hector Herrera, Diego Reyes, Alan Pulido, Raul Jimenez, Marco Fabian and Miguel Ponce went out to put their skills on display on a different surface.

Some Mexican fans who were walking near the beach noticed them and got some cool pictures with the players.

- By Carlos Rodríguez - www.twitter.com/crodriguezap

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CHEERING CHILE

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) - Dozens of Chileans paraded through a posh shopping and restaurant district in Belo Horizonte, beating drums, waving flags and dancing in the streets after their team knocked Spain out of the World Cup in Rio De Janeiro.

The Chileans had watched the match in the open-air terraces outside cafes and restaurants in the Savassi district, some of whose streets are more reminiscent of Barcelona than Brazil.

The fact that Chile’s training base is in Belo Horizonte has drawn many of the South American country’s fans to the city. Outside one bar, the raucous Chileans chanted celebratory songs and then sprayed onlookers with beer after the country reached the knockout phase.

__ By Frank Griffiths __ www.twitter.com/fgriffithsap

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BRAZIL TO ITALY

MANGARATIBA, Brazil (AP) - Thiago Motta got a taste of what he was in for when he was jeered every time he touched the ball during a World Cup warmup match with Brazilian club Fluminense.

Then there were more whistles when the midfielder came on in the second half of Italy’s win over England on Saturday.

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