Mexico take taxis after bus breakdown

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iol news pic Mexico World Cup team bus AFP A Brazilian soldier stands guard as the bus transporting Mexico's national football team arrives for a training session at the Modesto Roma Complex in Santos, Sao Paulo ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. AFP PHOTO / YURI CORTEZ

Santos, Brazil - Mexico's World Cup squad were forced to hail taxis to take them to training after their bus broke down in Santos.

The bus managed to pull up in front of the Mexico hotel but thereafter could not move, forcing the entire squad and coaching staff to disembark and call cabs to take them to their O Rei Pele training centre 4km away.

Veteran defender and captain Rafael Marquez saw the funny side, though, taking to Twitter to post a photo of himself and team-mates squashed into the back of a taxi.

“They've shrunk our bus hahahahah #totraininginataxi,” the 35-year-old tweeted.

The bus malfunction didn't affect coach Miguel Herrera's plans, though, as his players still managed to start their training session on time at 10.30am local time (1330 GMT).

Mexico are in Group A with hosts Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon, against whom they play their opening match in Natal on Friday.


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