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Monday, June 30, 2014, 15:06
Dutch and Mexicans get first World Cup cooling break
By DPA

Dutch and Mexicans get first World Cup cooling break
Netherlands' Arjen Robben drinks during a cooling break in the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Sunday, June 29. (AP)

Fortaleza, Brazil - Netherlands and Mexico players enjoyed a short time-out during their Round of 16 match on Sunday in the first official cooling break at a World Cup.

Portuguese referee Pedro Poenza interrupted the game just over 31 minutes in, to allow the 22 players to refresh themselves on the sidelines for three minutes.

"#MEX & #NED players take 1st cooling break at a #worldcup," the ruling body FIFA said on Twitter.

The relevant index in sweltering Fortaleza reached the critical 32 degrees mark (taking into account not only the temperature itself but also humidity) during the early afternoon kick-off, and there was also to be a similar break in the second half.

US and Portugal players also got a short cooling break during their game in Manaus last week, but that was not an official stoppage, rather an extended injury time-out.

 
 
 
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