Rio: mural and Maracana

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On a wall at the end of the Copacabana, the other end from the Fanfest on the beach, a street artist created a tribute artwork stretching a good 40 metres.

The David Luiz free-kick probably epitomised Brazil’s best moment. Even aside from anything Neymar did, this goal was celebrated like nothing else – probably as the hosts realised that maybe they could win the World Cup.

**Click on the pics to enlarge

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The Mexican keeper’s great late save in the Group A match against Brazil sparked much admiration in the country.

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Wonder if this one has survived without the addition of some tasty graffiti. Sr Suarez not especially popular in Brazil during the tournament. For me he was the stand-out striker in a tournament dominated by midfielders.

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Van Persie soars like a breaching whale to head home against Spain.

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Miroslav Klose, some player. A freakish 35-year-old who can still somersault. A fitting tribute.

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Mexico’s Hernandez scores against Croatia, Julio Cesar depicted in the last 16 when he emerged the victor from the penalty shoot-out – the miss by Jara of Chile is featured – his side, maybe intimidated by the psychological hold Brazil have over South American sides, should have won it

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Yep, know the feeling. This is most Wales fans after the latest humiliation. The rare despair of a nation almost unable to believe this could be happening to them. Interesting that this was included as many might have decided not to portray the moment.

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John Brooks celebrates his goal for the US against Ghana in the 2-1 win for the Stars and Stripes. And Casillas, who has had a catastrophic 2014, rues the Spanish fiasco.

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The Maracana, looking better here than it does up close, Sugar Loaf in the background, Cristo Redentor in top right and Neymar, the human version of Cristo Redentor in front.

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To top it off, Ozil minus a hand, and a few other Germans lift the trophy – a moment greeted with relief across Brazil.

Artist Jambeiro’s signature on this one. Espn have an online report on him.

THE MARACANA

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The old one needed doing up. From outside the new one reeks of concrete and is visually a let-down.

Nowhere near as interesting as the designs for Natal or Salvador. The other venues I saw games at – Fortaleza and Recife, though both were a pain to reach, also had stadiums with a bit more about them.

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