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FIFA World Cup: Brazilians go boom, boom in celebration!

Fans flock to streets, beaches and light fireworks after their home team beat Colombia 2-1 in the World Cup football quarter-final on Friday

Rio de Janeiro: Joyous Brazilians jumped in the ocean, threw beer in the air and launched fireworks after their football team took a step closer to a dream World Cup final.

A Brazilian fan
A Brazilian fan celebrates the quarter-final win over Colombia on Friday. Pic/AFP.

From Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach to packed bars in Sao Paulo and the capital Brasilia, Brazilians leaped and kissed each other after the 2-1 quarter-final victory over Colombia, setting up a semi-final against Germany.

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A Brazilian couple at the Copacabana beach
A Brazilian couple at the Copacabana beach as their team beat Colombia to enter the World Cup football semi-final

“I think Brazil are playing better every game. They’ll win the cup. This Selecao has a lot of heart,” said Vinicius Morais, an 18-year-old street vendor at the official Fan Fest attended by 25,000 people in Copacabana. About 100 fans jumped straight into the sea, most fully clothed, after the final whistle, as smoke from dozens of flares filled the air while others sang “I’m Brazilian.”

Another 25,000 people were at the Fan Fest in downtown Sao Paulo, where people celebrated by jumping in the air, kissing and hugging.

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