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Fan Zone: Brazilians samba; Croatians 'vow to never eat Sushi!'

Last updated on: June 13, 2014 17:16 IST

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Brazil waited for the World Cup for years. They spent billions building stadiums and preparing for the big day.

Finally, the big party has begun.

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The hosts made a winning start to their campaign, after a colourful opening ceremony at the Arena de Sao Paulo, beating Croatia 3-1.

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Image: Fans cheer a Brazilian goal as they watch the game on a large-screen
Photographs: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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Thousands of Brazilian fans flocked Fan Fests in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to watch the match against Croatia.

Thanks to two goals from Neymar and a third from Oscar, the hosts rallied from an own-goal to victory.

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Image: Brazilian soccer fans react while watching the opening match between Brazil and Croatia in a fan zone
Photographs: Yves Herman/Reuters

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Croatian fans were saddened and disappointed after their team’s loss.

They were furious with the Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura for giving Brazil a penalty.

"It's a pity, the referee ruined us!" said a bitter Goran Vlahic, 28, as he was leaving the square with his girlfriend.

"I'll never eat sushi again," added Goran.

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Image: Croatian fans react
Photographs: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

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Thousands of fans watched the match in cafes across Croatia. Many supporters gathered at Zagreb's main square.

Nearly all were dressed in Croatia's distinctive red and white squared shirts and watched the match on a 52-square metre screen above an improvised stage.

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Image: Croatia fans
Photographs: Buda Mendes/Getty Image

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The Croatian papers labelled the clash as the "biggest match in Croatia's history". Indeed, the country is gripped by World Cup fever.

In Zagreb's main square up to two million people are expected to pass through a giant 'Fan Zone' to watch the games over the next month.

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Image: Croatia fans pose before the Brazil-Croatia match at Arena de Sao Paulo
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Fans and humour are a part and parcel of the 'Beautiful Game'. There was full evidence of it in the opening match.


Image: A fan holds up a sign before the Opening Ceremony
Photographs: Christopher Lee/Getty Images
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