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Uncork it with Suarez

Beijing: Chinese online stores are cheekily trying to cash in on Uruguay striker Luis Suarez’s notorious bite of an opponent at the World Cup by selling bottle openers with his image.

Popular Chinese retail website Taobao has retailers offering bottle openers in a cartoon image of Suarez, looking angry with his mouth wide open, for 16.80 yuan ($2.70). “I came up with the idea the night I watched the game and saw the bite,” Wang Lin, who owns an e-shop on Taobao.com, told the paper.

Jump of joy

Rio de Janeiro: Joyous Brazilians jumped in the ocean, threw beer in the air and launched fireworks after their football team took a step closer to a dream World Cup final.

From Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach to packed bars in Sao Paulo and the capital Brasilia, Brazilians leaped and kissed each other after the 2-1 quarter-final victory over Colombia, setting up a semi-final against Germany.

Big loss

Sao Paulo: At barber shops, bakeries and parks around Brazil on Saturday, it seemed like everyone was shaking their heads and quietly muttering the same name — Neymar, who has been ruled out of the World Cup with an injury.

“The Brazilian team lost its soul,” lamented Marcelo Rodrigues, shaking his head as he swept the floor at the Light Look barber shop in Sao Paulo on Saturday morning. “You can’t replace a guy like that,” chimed in Joao Brandeis Silva, a client.

Hitchhiker

Fortaleza: James Rodriguez threw his side a lifeline late in the semi-final defeat by Brazil when he scored a penalty and celebrated the strike, unaware that a huge green insect had been hitching a ride on his arm.

He calmly slotted the spot-kick past Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar, with the grasshopper still clinging to his shirt.

Agencies