Brazilian fans endure tense second-round clash to advance

Brazilian fans in Dereham celebrate as their team beats Chile on penalties. Brazilian fans in Dereham celebrate as their team beats Chile on penalties.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
3:05 PM

It was the most dramatic match of the World Cup so far. Ian Clarke joined Brazilians in Dereham on the rollercoaster ride.

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It was a Brazil-iant result for them in the end, but they endured just about every emotion before they could finally celebrate scraping through to the quarter finals of their World Cup.

The home of Jorge Damesceno, associate pastor at Dereham Baptist Church, has become the base for local Brazilians to cheer on the Samba Boys.

They realise the team is a shadow of the Pele-inspired greats of years gone by.

However, these fans are dreaming of glory in their home nation.

The early goal by Luiz was met with understandable joy. The Chile leveller was greeted with predictable gloom.

Frustration grew in the Brazil flag-bedecked lounge as time went on and the winner proved elusive.

Fred, Jo and Hulk were all screamed at and I felt somewhat awkward when English ref Howard Webb ruled out Hulk’s goal.

And so to the shoot out which encapsulated the ups and downs of the night.

An explosion of joy met the final missed spot kick and it was high fives all round.

Roll on Colombia on Friday night.

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