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GiveMeSport World Cup round-up: June 18

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Hello and welcome to the GiveMeSport World Cup round up - here are the latest headlines from Brazil.

The hosts are starting to wobble after their 0-0 draw against Mexico last night - and so are the stairs at their most famous stadium.

Shaky stairs

Video footage has emerged of a temporary staircase - which has now been reinforced - visibly wobbling under the weight of fans trying to get into the 78,000 capacity Maracana.

The game being played at the stadium involved rivals Argentina going up against Bosnia & Herzegovina. It may be entirely coincidental, but Argentine legend Diego Maradona has since revealed that he was barred from watching the game. Perhaps they were worried what further damage the portly ex-pro might do to the already swaying stairwell....

From one thing buckling under pressure to another and Spain face an all-or-nothing game against Chile this evening.

The reigning champions stumbled to a 5-1 defeat against the Netherlands in their opening game, and will be eliminated if they lose and Holland avoid defeat against Australia.

However their players have come out fighting, and insist that they will bounce back.

"We believe in this team, in this group," said veteran midfielder Xavi. "We have earned the right to trust ourselves. We have the perfect chance to redeem ourselves next Wednesday against Chile and to turn this situation in the opposite direction. We can turn today's rather pessimistic mood into a much more hopeful one. This is football - a very volatile sensation that gives you the opportunity of changing things rapidly. And we believe we can do this."

- Torres calls on Spain to show muscle against Chile
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 Brazil struggle to 0-0 draw with Mexico
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 Man Utd star shows just what he's capable of at World Cup

Ivory coast midfielder Yaya Toure is still not fully fit after undergoing surgery, according to his national team's couch Sabri Lamouchi. The Elephants will hope to have him back at full fitness for their key Group C clash against Colombia, but Lamouchi admits he's struggling at the moment.

Tears before bedtime

And finally Neymar has the weight of the world on his shoulders as he tries to help his country win the World Cup on home soil.

It all seemed to get a bit much for the Brazilian before his country's second game of the tournament last night as he struggled to hold back the tears during the national anthems before the stalemate against Mexico in Fortaleza.

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