Miner league football in match to remember
THIRTY-three miners rescued after 69 days underground have been given a hero's welcome at Chile's national palace.
The men were honoured in a ceremony yesterday by President Sebastian Pinera, who personally welcomed each one to the surface during the dramatic rescue.
Six rescuers who descended to the depths of the mine to prepare the men for the ascent in a narrow capsule were also commended. The miners greeted a cheering crowd outside La Moneda palace.
They later played a football match against a presidential team including Pinera. This time, however, the miners lost, 2-3.
The men were trapped in the San Jose mine on August 5. They were rescued two weeks ago in a rescue operation broadcast live around the world.
Our pictures show (above) miners Raul Bustos and Mario Sepulveda celebrating during the soccer match; (right) Mr Sepulveda when he emerged from the mine; and (far right) miner Franklin Lobos and Chile's president Sebastian Pinera (in red) fighting for the ball.