‘How do the players not die?’ Fans lambast Brazil heat, fear for Qatar

The Rio Report

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The searing heat in Fortaleza resulted in a pedestrian tempo during the World Cup last-16 tie between the Netherlands and Mexico.

Cooling breaks on 30 and 75 minutes did little to ease the players’ discomfort as the temperature hit 38 degrees Celsius (100 Fahrenheit).


Late goals from Wesley Sneijder and Klaas Jan Huntelaar denied Mexico a quarter-final berth – an enthralling end to an otherwise mediocre clash affected by the conditions.

Fans took to Twitter to vent their frustration at the scheduling and voice concerns over the 2022 World Cup due to be held in Qatar.

The touted solutions were relatively amusing, if not a little impractical.

Although some fans were having none of this heat nonsense. A touch harsh.

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