Soccer amid ruins: World Cup inspires unusual fields in Peru

  • In this June 1, 2018 photo, people play soccer on a rented field, next to the pre-Columbian archeological site of La Luz, in Lima, Peru. Lima is home to the largest number of pre-colonial archaeological sites in the Americas with more than 400 “huacas,” meaning “sacred places” or “oracles” in the Quechua language. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • In this June 2, 2018 photo, people play soccer on a pitch on the San Martin de Porres University campus, next to the pre-Columbian archeological site of Puruchuco, in Lima, Peru. Excitement for soccer has reached a fever pitch in Peru’s crowded capital, where a lack of open spaces has forced residents to play pickup games squeezed against Incan ruins or in pre-colonial cemeteries. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

LIMA, Peru — Excitement for soccer has reached a fever pitch in Peru’s crowded capital, where a lack of open spaces has forced residents to play pickup games squeezed against Incan ruins or in pre-colonial cemeteries.

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