Football fans celebrate a goal against Croatia, on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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In hole-in-the-wall bars in hillside slums, haughty high society clubs and family living rooms across the country, all eyes were trained on TV sets as the World Cup began Thursday in Brazil.Not even protests outside the stadium in Sao Paulo where Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1 could dampen Brazilians' enthusiasm for the national team, which is chasing a sixth championship. There, fans dressed mostly in the yellow and green of Brazil's flag began lining up around breakfast time, eight hours before kickoff, for the chance to watch the game on an imposing 150-square-meter television screen.Ivan Lucic, from Drubovnic, said in broken English that attending the World Cup in Brazil was a dream come true.Not everyone is so optimistic about Brazil's chances in the World Cup.
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