Closing Time!

Authorities in football crazy Bangladesh asked all manufacturing factories in and around the capital Dakha to suspend operations each evening until the end of the World Cup.

'We have issued the order to the factories to switch off for five hours every evening in a desperate move to save electricity so that people can watch the play on televisions,' said the managing director of the Dakha Electric Supply Company. 'This is an undesirable decision from an economic point of view but we were rather compelled.'

Although Bangladesh ranked 157th in the world, and lost 6-1 to Tajikistan in a two-legged first round Asian zone qualifier, the country's young and old in urban and rural areas, just go crazy whenever the finals are held.

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