Cooling breaks on 30 and 75 minutes did little to ease the players’ discomfort as the temperature hit 38 degrees Celsius (100 Fahrenheit).
Late goals from Wesley Sneijder and Klaas Jan Huntelaar denied Mexico a quarter-final berth – an enthralling end to an otherwise mediocre clash affected by the conditions.
Fans took to Twitter to vent their frustration at the scheduling and voice concerns over the 2022 World Cup due to be held in Qatar.
— x (@jxrdancox) June 29, 2014
Can't wait until they hold a World Cup in Qatar where it's 30 DEGREES HOTTER THAN THIS. — Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) June 29, 2014
Qatar #WorldCup cooling breaks every 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80 & 85 minutes I'm guessing? Should be good...
— Karen Fazackerley (@KarenFazBBC) June 29, 2014
Just wait until Blatter's plans to take football interplanetary hand the 2038 World Cup to Venus. They'll be screwed then. #coolingbreak
— Roman Filipowicz (@fritzromanov) June 29, 2014
HOW DO ALL THESE SOCCER PLAYERS NOT DIE OF HEAT STROKE? HOW WOULD THEY POSSIBLY SURVIVE IN QATAR?! — sportsyelling. (@sportsyelling) June 29, 2014
— GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) June 29, 2014
The touted solutions were relatively amusing, if not a little impractical.
Qatar have already set up plans on how to cool down players during their World Cup games http://t.co/AE1nVYrfhd
— Football Vines (@FootballVines) June 29, 2014
Although some fans were having none of this heat nonsense. A touch harsh.
Football is an endurance sport too; this #coolingbreak is not needed.. I think its just for european teams (money power)
— Haz Nine (@haznine) June 29, 2014
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