Fans invade pitch at Argentina training

A security guard fails to stop a fan who invaded the pitch wearing an Argentine jersey, top, as Argentina's Lionel Messi, center, and other players look on at the end of a training session at Independencia Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Argentina will play in group F of the Brazil 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Argentina’s open training session ended in disorder on Wednesday as more than a dozen fans invaded the pitch.

Security guards couldn’t stop the fans from running up to Lionel Messi and his teammates as they walked off the pitch at Independencia stadium in Belo Horizonte.

One fan knelt down in front of Messi and started shining the Argentina captain’s boots. Messi laughed, received a hug from the fan and gave him his sweater before a security guard pulled him away.

Other fans ran off with one of the balls that the Argentines had used during the training session.

Some 10,000 people watched the session, many of them Brazilians wearing the shirt of Brazil’s biggest rival.

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