Brazilian fans’ hopes of celebrating a sixth World Cup title in Russia have been dashed with their national team’s loss to Belgium in the quarter-finals, late on Friday.
Belgium struck early and held off a late Brazil fight back to send the five-times champions tumbling out in an end-to-end thriller that earned it a semi-final with France.
Engineer Flavio Montez flew the more than 12,500 km (7,767 miles) from his home in Sao Paulo to the Russian World Cup host city of Kazan for the game.
“We are very disappointed because we came here to go to the semi-finals and finals.
He said “But it was, I think in the end, a great match and Belgium played well. We have to accept that this is football”.
Daniel De Freitas Ariano, also from Sao Paulo, was not happy with Brazil midfielder Fernandinho, who inadvertently gave Belgium an early lead by scoring an own goal as the ball came off his shoulder into the net from a corner.
He said “We feel bad because Belgium played well. It’s always hard when the other team plays well.
Ariano added that “But we came to see the World Cup, and even losing was the best experience of our lives. Just to be here”.