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RECIFE---The little team with
the big heart will have one more
chance to entertain its rapidly
growing fan base today at the
Tahiti, a team of mostly ama-
teurs that has been outscored 16--1
in their opening two matches at
the World Cup warm-up tourna-
ment, will face Uruguay at the
Arena Pernambuco in their final
Group B match.
Although Tahiti has little to play
for after being eliminated following
a 10--0 drubbing by Spain on
Thursday, Uruguay will be expect-
ing all three points as it tries to
reach the semifinals.
Tahiti, however, has won over
the Brazilian public and many other
football fans around the globe.
With only one professional player
in the squad, the South Pacific
islanders qualified for the Con-
federations Cup by winning the
Oceania Nations Cup.
Against world champion Spain
on Thursday at the Maracana Sta-
dium, Tahiti went on the attack
right from the start and looked
good despite the end result.
"It s great to play in an offensive
way, but your defence should not
collapse," said Tahiti coach Eddie
Etaeta, who was moved by the
overwhelming support his team
has received from the local fans.
"We may lose again on Sunday
(today) against Uruguay, but we ve
touched the hearts of the Brazilian
Spain, which plays Nigeria at
the same time in Fortaleza, leads
Group B with six points. Both
Uruguay and Nigeria are next with
three points, while Tahiti is last
With all three points from an
expected win, Uruguay will assure
itself a spot in the semifinals if
Spain gets at least a draw against
That s why Uruguay has been
more focused on Thursday s 2--1
win over Nigeria than their final
group match against the Tahitians.
"Since the draw we knew that
this was the huge match to play,"
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said
of Thursday s victory. "We have
taken a huge step toward the semi-
finals but we re not there yet."
Uruguay will be expected to have
both Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan
up front, and both will be capable
of pouring in the goals.
Etaeta will be ready for the
"It s true," Etaeta said, "that
when you qualify and come to the
Confederations Cup you immedi-
ately realise that it will be very dif-
ficult, almost impossible, to com-
pete with such a high level of
Tahiti has last
chance to delight
growing fan base
RIO DE JANEIRO---Brazil s embattled
president has thrown her weight
behind national support for a suc-
cessful World Cup football tournament
next year, promising to give visiting
teams and fans a generous welcome.
World football s governing body Fifa
welcomed her comments, saying in a
statement, "we reassert our collabo-
ration with the Brazilian government
to deliver a safe Confederations Cup
and World Cup which all football fans
Protests that have swept Brazil over
the past week have raised media spec-
ulation about Brazil hosting the 2014
An eight-nation warm-up tourna-
ment, the Confederations Cup, is taking
place at the moment. No games have
been disrupted, but they have coincided
with huge popular demonstrations in
Brazilian cities. Some have been protest-
ing against the cost of staging the foot-
ball tournaments and the 2018 Olympic
President Dilma Rousseff spoke on
television on Friday evening, pledging
reform to tackle some of the complaints.
She said federal money being spent on
the World Cup would flow back into
the country s coffers.
"With regard to the World Cup, I
want to clarify that the federal money
spent on the stadiums is in the form
of financing that will be duly repaid by
the companies and governments that
are exploiting these stadiums," she said.
"I would never allow these funds to
come out of the federal public budget
or to damage priority sectors such as
health and education."
She said football was ingrained in
"our Brazilian soul and our manners."
"Brazil, the only country to have par-
ticipated in every World Cup and a
five-time world champion, has always
been very well received everywhere.
We must give our friends the same
generous welcome we have received
from them---with respect, love and joy.
This is how we must treat our guests.
Football and sport are symbols of peace
and peaceful coexistence among peo-
ples," she said.
"Brazil deserves to, and will, host a
great World Cup," Rousseff said.
Fifa commits to safe
tournaments in Brazil
ISTANBUL---Referees at the Under-
20 World Cup now have another tool
to keep wayward players in line.
Fifa announced yesterday that ref-
erees at the 24-team tournament in
Turkey are using vanishing spray for
the first time. It marks a white line on
the grass where teams defending a free
kick must stand---stopping the defensive
wall moving forward or changing the
angle of the free kick.
The spray, produced by Argentine
company Fair Play 9.15 Limit, is non-
contaminating foam that can be used
on grass, synthetic and dirt pitches. It
disappears between 45 seconds and
two minutes of being applied and will
be used on a trial basis in all 52 matches
of the tournament.
Fifa spokesman Wolfgang Resch said
it was used "several times" during the
four matches Friday.
Football body unveils
vanishing spray at
Under-20 W Cup
Tahiti's Henri Caroine, left, and Spain's Cesc Fabregas challenge for the ball during the soccer Confederations
Cup group B match between Spain and Tahiti at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 20.
RECIFE---Diego Forlan and two of
his team-mates were stuck in the ele-
vator at the Uruguay team hotel for
more than 30 minutes yesterday,
delaying the start of their final training
session ahead of today s match.
Forlan, Diego Perez, Sebastian Eguren
and a trainer were heading down from
the seventh floor of their hotel in Recife
when it stopped working.
Perez says "we got stuck in the lift
for half an hour, but we could breathe.
We could see the light. ... The door got
Uruguay is in the northern Brazilian
city to face Tahiti today in their final
Group B match of the Confederations
Cup, a warm-up event for next year s
Forlan, 3 others stuck in
elevator at team hotel
Brazil president Dilma Rousseff.
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