Well, things didn’t quite go as scripted for Brazil: an underwhelming performance, an own goal, a very dubious penalty decision and many people saying that Neymar should have received a red card. However, the score finished 3-1 and Brazil have the expected 3 points.
I was planning to watch the game at the FIFA Fanfest on the beach in Copacabana, so I hopped on the bus. I decided to stop off in Ipanema first to see what the World Cup atmosphere was like. With just a couple of hours to kick off, the beaches were eerily empty.
As I arrived in Copacabana, I joined a huge phalanx of fans dressed in yellow and green, making its way to the Fanfest area.
When I arrived at the Fanfest, the event was completely overcrowded, so my friends and I headed to a nearby bar to watch the game.
Whilst watching the game, I made a little self-discovery: although I generally hope Brazil do well, it seems I don’t really support them. How else can I explain the fact that when that own goal went in, I caught myself sniggering? Sorry brasileiros, but it was pretty funny given the circumstances (and I’m sure you’ll have your chance to laugh at my countrymen before long…).
Well, I was just about to finish off with something like “All in all, I feel like this cup has yet to catch fire…”, but as I type, Robin van Persie just scored an absolute beauty. Game on!