SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's streets seem too quiet — diners and souvenir stores, empty.
Two days without World Cup games as the tournament heads into quarterfinal matches are leaving some bored even as others are running out to salons, stores and banks to take care of long-delayed errands.
There are no rocking parties at the FIFA Fan Fests watch sites. There are fewer foreigners walking around streets. Brazil's cities are taking a breather from the breakneck soccer action.
Some fans are using the time off Thursday to do simple chores that will be impossible to get done when the ball starts rolling again in soccer-loving nations.
After more than four dozen mostly electrifying matches in the past three weeks, it's natural that many fans in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and elsewhere are feeling withdrawal.
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