BY MICHAEL LEICHNER
After returning early in the morning from Natal, we had a chance to clean up, eat some breakfast and then headed back to the Maracana. Rio was covered in red for Spain-Chile, but we didn’t realize just how one-sided the support would be until we got inside the stadium.
The Chile supporters greatly outnumbered the Spain supporters and let their presence be known. The noise was constant and once again made Maracana a formidable place for a European team.
If the fans weren’t supporting the de facto home team, they were whistling and jeering the Spanish for every misplay or simple back-pass. The opening goal had the Chileans screaming with delight and set the tone for the remainder of the match.
The loudest chorus of boos was reserved for Diego Costa and was likely led by the local Brazilians more so than the traveling Chileans, but it was obvious who was enemy No. 1 at this match.
Attending the match where Spain’s incredible run of success finally ended was filled with mixed emotions.
Chile deserved the win and the fans were awesome. However, Spain had been so impressive for so long, that it was almost sad to see them go out so quickly. That said, I can say I was there when Spain’s dynasty ended.
I’m already excited for our next match at Maracana, which could end up featuring another nation from South America.