- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) - In the streets of Sao Paulo, Colombians and Uruguayans were already facing off with each other, exchanging chants after Colombia beat Japan 4-1. Uruguay’s victory over Italy meant the two teams will meet Saturday in the knockout round.

They were fighting for attention from local media’s cameras set up in Vila Madalena, the city’s World Cup party central. Colombians were shouting “Ole, ole,” and a Uruguayan displayed his country’s flag behind the group.

“Tell us what you predict the score will be on Saturday,” one Colombian asked an Urugayan.

“At least 2-1,” the Uruguayan fan responded.

“We are all friends. But we are going to win,” said Rodrigo Gonzalez, a Uruguayan living in Sao Paulo. “It’s all cool as long as they don’t beat me up.”

- By Adriana Gomez Licon - www.twitter.com/agomezlicon



SAO PAULO (AP) - There are plenty of cool places to watch a World Cup match in Brazil, but for Dutch fan Jan Eykma, this is as good as it gets: a beer in hand, a big screen ahead and a legendary stadium as a backdrop.

On the final day of his personal World Cup adventure, and after watching his beloved Netherlands secure first place in Group B with a victory over Chile, the 46-year-old Dutchman decided to take in some history and visited Sao Paulo’s Museu Do Futebol. Nestled into historic Pacaembu Stadium, the museum houses hundreds of photos, game balls and other artifacts tracing the game’s history in Brazil. There are items belonging to Pele, Garrincha and others. There’s even an interactive section where you can kick a virtual penalty shot.

After the nostalgic visit, Eykma said it was extra special to watch Italy play Uruguay on a screen placed just in front of the concrete steps leading up to the pitch that hosted several games of the 1950 World Cup.

“It’s perfect. It doesn’t get much better than this,” he said with a smile. “It’s just such a great place to watch. The environment, the stadium.”

- By Aron Heller - www.twitter.com/aronhellerap



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