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Tens of thousands of eager Americans set work aside to watch the World Cup match – with or without their bosses’ OK. Many more watched online as they could. ESPN tweeted that its online streaming application set a record with 1.4 million users during the first half, leading to limited issues the company blamed on “unprecedented demand.” The match kicked off at noon Eastern time, right in the middle of the work day for many, but that didn’t stop crowds from filling bars and restaurants.

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