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More than ever, and without a team, it is China's World Cup

MOSCOW (AP) Outside Moscow's giant Luzhniki Stadium, in a sea of Mexican and German fans frothing with World Cup pre-game fervor, four Chinese football enthusiasts huddled together and agonized: Should they sell their tickets?

Dressed for the sold-out match in a Die Mannschaft jersey, 34-year-old primary school worker Bian Jitao argued that he'd regret not seeing the world champion Germans start their title defense against El Tri.

The other three wanted to cash in. Seeing Lionel Messi's Argentina play the previous day had been their highlight. Mexican fans were offering thick wads of notes. Back and forth, the four debated: Money or match?


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