Most fans now expect Brazil to win.
"Brazil will be the champions," was the chant on the lips of many as they left the pub.
But some sneaking nervousness remains.
"Only Brazil can beat Brazil," said Andre Piza.
"This is a World Cup final and they can get nervous and be beaten by their anxiety - even if they are favourites to win."
For many Brazilians, winning the World Cup would bring a welcome boost when the country is facing serious economic problems.
"The whole country will stop for this," said Camila Campelo.
"The economy is very bad and football is all that is left for us. It is really important."