BRAZIL BEAT: 'Persieing' spreads after RVP's goal

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Netherlands' Robin van Persie scores a goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and the Netherlands at the Arena Ponte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Friday, June 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — First there was planking and Tebowing. Now a spectacular World Cup goal has spawned "Persieing."

In what is sure to be one of the goals of the tournament in Brazil, Netherlands captain Robin van Persie flung himself at a long pass and headed the ball over Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas to level the score at 1-1 just before halftime of the teams' Group B opener. The Netherlands went on to win 5-1 in one of the shocks of the tournament so far.

The flying Dutchman's momentum sent him sliding on his belly across the damp turf of Salvador's Arena Fonte Nova, his arms stretched out to either side.

Fans wasted no time photographing themselves — and even their babies — in similar poses and posting them online, giving birth to the "Persieing" meme.

— By Mike Corder — www.twitter.com/mikecorder

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BOOS FOR BLATTER

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter turned up at Sunday's Switzerland-Ecuador match for only his second game of this World Cup — and got a hostile welcome for his trouble.

As images popped up on the big screen of Blatter taking his seat before kickoff, there were plenty of boos and jeers for the most important man in football.

Blatter is from Switzerland, and world football's governing body is also based there.

— By Steve Douglas — www.twitter.com/sdouglas80

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NEYMAR'S HAIR

TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Brazil star Neymar clearly isn't superstitious when it comes to his hair.

After scoring twice in victory to open the World Cup, Neymar showed up with a new style at the squad's training session Sunday. So did left back Dani Alves, his Barcelona teammate.

Neymar's head was shaved on the sides, with the front dyed blond. Alves' shorter cut had a grayish tinge to it.

Neymar has been known to constantly change his hairstyle during tournaments. Alves also shows up with different haircuts from time to time.

Brazil will play its second World Cup match against Mexico on Tuesday in the northeastern city of Fortaleza.

— By Tales Azzoni — www.twitter.com/tazzoni

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