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Blind people embrace World Cup spirit with help of deaf mates

Blind and deaf people got a chance to embrace the spirit of the World Cup together with the help of miniature football pitches in Sao Paulo on Monday.

Brazil soccer fan Carlos Junior, who is both deaf and blind, experiences the World Cup match between Brazil and Mexico with the help of an interpreter who uses tactile signing and a model soccer field in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, July 2, 2018. Junior’s love of soccer and his way of following the World Cup moved many in Latin America’s largest nation after a friend posted a video of Junior following Brazil’s group stage game against Costa Rica. (AP Photo)

Brazil soccer fan Carlos Junior, left, who is both deaf and blind, experiences the World Cup match between Brazil and Mexico with the help of an interpreter who uses tactile signing and a model soccer field to recount the game, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, July 2, 2018. The system is this: Junior places his hands on the interpreter’s. One hand represents the ball, the other the player who has possession. The interpreter moves his hands around the model field to indicate the action. Meanwhile, another interpreter draws on Junior’s back, communicating which team and even which player (by tracing the player’s number) has the ball. The interpreter can also note fouls, yellow or red cards, blocks and saves. (AP Photo)

Blind people were guided by deaf interpreters, who held their hands and moved them around on a miniature football pitch showing them what was happening on the field.

Deaf and blind soccer fans celebrate Brazil's 2-0 victory over Mexico, after interpreters using tactile signing and a model soccer field, shared with them the events of the World Cup game, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, July 2, 2018. Like fans all over soccer-mad Brazil, deaf and blind soccer fans followed every move the national team made. (AP Photo)

The Brazil soccer fan Carlos Junior, who is both deaf and blind, celebrates at the end of the match between Brazil and Mexico with the help of an interpreter who uses tactile signing and a model soccer field to recount the passes, goals and fouls of the "Selecao" during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo)

Fans could be seen watching Brazil cruise to victory over Mexico 2-0.

Brazil soccer fan Carlos Junior, who is both deaf and blind, uses a braille display to read soccer news as he prepares to leave his home to follow the World Cup match between Brazil and Mexico in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, July 2, 2018. On Monday, Junior and a handful of other people with sight and hearing losses gathered at a cultural center in Sao Paulo to follow the game with the help of interpreters. (AP Photo)

Brazil soccer fan Carlos Junior, who is both deaf and blind, prepares to leave his home with the help of his father Carlos Santana, who carries a model soccer field that will be used to help him follow the live broadcast of the World Cup match between Brazil and Mexico, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, July 2, 2018. At 14, Carlos Junior's vision began to deteriorate, and he was fully blind by 23, however he continued to cheer for his beloved Sao Paulo Football Club with the help of his father. (AP Photo)