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Goals are green in Salvador

Rio de Janeiro: The goals have been flying in at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador and are providing a boost to the environment in the process. According to a report, the local government in the state of Bahia promised to plant 1,111 new trees for every goal scored in the World Cup venue, up to a maximum of 31,111. Till Friday’s fixtures, 17 goals have been scored in three matches at the venue.

Water order

Teresopolis: A Brazilian court ordered Fifa to introduce mandatory water breaks in World Cup matches when temperatures reach 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 Fahrenheit).

Foul jump

Rio de Janeiro: A group of supporters who appeared to jump out of their wheelchairs while watching matches at the World Cup are being investigated for possible ticket fraud. Police believe some fans who bought tickets on the black market may have tried to cover their tracks by using wheelchairs to enter the stadium.

Dedication

Salvador: Kolo and Yaya Toure will be staying at the World Cup in Brazil despite the death of their younger brother, Ibrahim, in England on Thursday, Ivory Coast officials said .