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World Cup stars more protected than ever but the magic of the fans endures

SAINT PETERSBURG: Almost 10,000 miles separate Yekaterinburg and their school in Montevideo but for a group of Uruguayan children, Jose Gimenez's 89th-minute winner felt within touching distance. As they bolted out of the classroom door and sprawled around the playground outside, some leapt, others soared with their arms outstretched, and the rest just ran. In physical terms, teams and players at this World Cup have never been further away or more hidden from their fans. And yet, the fans still have a huge influence…