Brazil's one nil victory over World Soccer Cup Champions England in Mexico sparked off wild scenes in the streets of Rio de Janeiro yesterday (Sunday).
Brazil's one nil victory over World Soccer Cup Champions England in Mexico sparked off wild scenes in the streets of Rio de Janeiro yesterday (Sunday). Thousands of people crowded around television sets, radios and specially erected electronic boards which showed the position of ball throughout the game. When Brazil scored the one and only goal of the match the fans began running through the street shouting "Brazil, Brazil."
The Brazil England match was eagerly awaited on both sides of the Atlantic. There were similar scenes in London and Rio at the start of the match. Pubs and bars without television or radio were empty and there was poor attendances at church in both countries. Rarely has a sporting event created such interest.
The major difference came when Brazil scored their goal. In Rio there was wild cheering with the people hugging each other in glee. In London there was gloom.
The final whistle signalled the start of rejoicing in Rio and throughout Brazil which lasted most of the night. Cars paraded through the streets with soccer fans perched on top waving the Brazilian flag.