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Australia's Mark Bresciano ties shoe of mascot on crutches in 'best World Cup picture'

Brooks Peck
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Chile beat Australia 3-1 on Friday, but the best moment of the match happened before it even began. As the players from both sides came out with their child mascots and lined up for the anthems, Australia midfielder Mark Bresciano noticed that one of his mascot's shoes was untied. The boy was on crutches, so Bresciano took it upon himself to kneel down and tied it for him.

George Salpigtidis' picture of the moment has spread through social media as another illustration of the bond between players and young fans being demonstrated at this World Cup already. Perhaps it's the realization of a childhood dream like playing in a World Cup that helps these international stars remember what it's like to be the kid looking up to their hero and just how much even a small gesture means to them.

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