World Cup 2018: Brazil bring Samba magic to Moscow square

first_imgAs Brazil get ready to play their final group game against Serbia at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow and seal their place in the last 16 of FIFA World Cup 2018, their fans have decided to make them feel at home.On Tuesday, around 300 Brazilian fans took over central Moscow square and threw a Samba party in front of the Bolshoi Theatre and gave a surprise to the city police.Brazil are known for their love of football and a carnival like atmosphere, Moscow square felt like Brazil on Tuesday.Latin Grammy award nominee Diogo Nogueira, himself a football player until a knee injury ended his sporting career, sang from an open-top bus as the square turned into a sea of green and yellow, Brazil’s national colours.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE “The World Cup is not only (about) football. It’s a unity of cultures,” said samba drummer Wallace Leite, whose face was painted a bright green. “I’m here to represent Brazil to all these people, to show a little bit of Brazil and of course to learn (about) Russian culture as well.”Moscow police soon asked the bus and its powerful sound-system to move on, bringing the street party to a close.WORLD CUP 2018 – FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEBut Russians and foreign fans still got a taste of Brazilian culture.”Though I’m not a football fan at all, there’s a mad energy here… I feel great,” said one Muscovite, who gave her name as Asira. “It’s a Brazilian carnival, a Brazilian soap opera. Everything here is Brazilian.”advertisement Brazil have failed to impress at the World Cup so far.Despite being an extremely strong team on paper, the five-time World Cup winners have been criticised at home for their performance in the tournament so far, drawing with Switzerland and securing a last-gasp victory over Costa Rica in the very final moments of the match.When take on Serbia on Wednesday, they will require at least a draw to advance to the next stage but their aim will be to put up a strong show ahead of the knockout stages.They have some injury concerns of their own with both Danilo and Douglas Costa out with injury. Neymar, despite returning from an injury, has looked rusty and Philippe Coutinho has outshone him thus far.(With Reuters inputs)last_img

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