San Jose

World Cup Fans Pack Avaya Stadium for Mexico-Brazil Watch Party

Some left elated. Others left deflated.

Of the scores of fans who packed Avaya Stadium in San Jose Monday morning to catch Mexico and Brazil square off in a round of 16 World Cup match, it was the supporters of Brazil who were all smiles after they saw their team on the stadium's video board score a 2-0 victory over El Tri.

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Those fans who woke up early to catch the 7 a.m. kickoff were able to catch the action from either a grassy area next to the stadium's video board or from a portion of the stadium's seats that were opened up for viewing. The South Bay stadium is playing host to free watch parties throughout the international soccer tournament.

After a scoreless first half, Neymar tapped in a ball in front of the net to put Brazil on top in the 51st minute. Nearly 40 minutes later, Neymar poked a ball to Roberto Firmino who slotted it into the back of the net to give Brazil a 2-0 lead in the waning moments of the match.

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With the win, the Brazilians advanced to the quarterfinals where they will face the winner of Belgium-Japan round of 16 match.

Mexico's loss marks the seventh World Cup in a row that the team has been bounced from the tournament in the round of 16.

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