BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Chile temporarily suspended a training session when a Brazilian news helicopter flew over the team’s base Thursday, two days before both countries play each other in the first round of the knockout stages.
The team’s communications director, Hector Olave, said he asked O Globo not to broadcast any of the images so Chile’s tactics wouldn’t be revealed. Olave said the media company, which publishes a newspaper and is also a broadcaster, later apologized for the incident at the Toca da Raposa II facility in Belo Horizonte.
Olave also said coach Jorge Sampaoli was the most worried “because he was working on tactics and he didn’t want them to know how he plans to approach the match” against Brazil at Mineirao Stadium.
The players, however, reacted in jest, saying they aimed shots at the chopper.
“We tried to hit it with the ball, but we couldn’t,” defender Mauricio Isla said.
After the World Cup draw, Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said his biggest concern was facing Chile despite the possibility of coming up against Spain or the Netherlands. At the time, Scolari said he hoped Chile “wouldn’t qualify” for the second round.