Country’s deepening political split was on display as fans gathered in Rio, hoping their team wouldn’t repeat past mistakes

The firecrackers were already booming down Rio streets two hours before the kick-off of Brazil’s quarter-final against Belgium. The crowd gathered around a big screen as downtown Rio buzzed with anticipation.

And then came the own goal from Fernandinho, and Kevin De Bruyne’s follow-up – and the crowd fell into a horrible silence.

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