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Thursday, 13 June, 2002, 15:01 GMT 16:01 UK
Brazil revel in Argentine exit
Brazil fans at the Costa Rica game on Thursday
There is little sympathy for Argentina and France

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Brazil fans celebrated a third successive win at this World Cup - but in truth they were still revelling in the afterglow of Argentina's shock exit.

The supporters from South America saw their side chalk up five more goals against Costa Rica to take their tally for the tournament to 11.

But the Suwon clash could have ended goalless and Brazil would have still been celebrating.

Brazil's fans start a collection

Signs mocking Argentina's demise decorated the Uman-dong stadium.

"Don't cry for me Argentina - you can still watch our games," read one eye-catching banner.

"Tickets $1,000, hotel $600, waiting for a meal three hours, seeing Argentina and France go out - priceless," read another.

Luis and Ricardo were waving the latter, promoting a tongue in cheek whip-round to help the beleagured Argentine players to fly home early.

"It's difficult times for Argentina just now," said Ricardo.

"We look like we might have enough for one player to go home - or at least a couple of beers for ourselves."

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Brazilian fan Ricardo

His friend Luis believes the exit of the two pre-tournament favourites leaves the way clear for Brazil to reach a third successive final.

"They are making Brazil's way easy. We will be champions this year," he insisted.

"It's a great championship now and the omens are good. Last time was not good and we expect the best from Brazil."

That "last time" still tastes bitter for Brazil fans, who saw their side crushed 3-0 by hosts France in the 1998 final.

Their early exit, alongside Brazil's bitter rivals Argentina, has left many Brazil fans tipping glory for their side.

But Ricardo said playing good football is all that matters at this stage.

"It's very even now, but more than anything we are happy that Brazil is playing well.

"In the last World Cup we were very frustrated by the last game.

"This time, I don't know whether we are going to win but I certainly hope so. It's just a pleasure to start tackling well."

Clara and her daughters are enjoying Brazil's play

The Costa Rica triumph was a family affair for Sao Paolo girls Clara, Marcella and Gabriella.

Clara and her two daughters were dazzlingly decorated in green, yellow and blue wigs as they cheered Brazil to an ultimately comfortable win over the battling Costa Ricans.

"We are so proud because we dearly want to see our team win. We are so happy, so happy.

"Everybody in the team is making goals, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos," said Clara, the Rs rolling off her tongue with a Portuguese purr.

Brazil are purring too and their fans want a quarter-final against England.

First, so they can thank them for sending Argentina packing, and then to apologise for wrecking England's dream as Brazil go marching on.


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