In Pictures: Copacabana in ecstasy

Brazil survived their nail-biting round of 16 match against Chile after a penalty shoot-out. Fans at Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach could hardly watch, but the agony soon changed to ecstasy.

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Rio de Janeiro’s famous Copacabana Beach features a massive TV screen where thousands of people gathered on Saturday to watch Brazil in action against Chile in the round of 16 of the 2014 World Cup.
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Long before the game started, Copacabana Beach was flooded with fans, some of them wearing colourful, traditional outfits.
[David Poort/Al Jazeera]
Long before the game started, Copacabana Beach was flooded with fans, some of them wearing colourful outfits.
[David Poort/Al Jazeera]
FIFA has installed its so-called Fan Fest on Copacabana Beach, where thousands of football fans and regular beach-goers gathered to see the match against Chile.
[David Poort/Al Jazeera]
This gentleman was one of the first to enter the FIFA Fan Fest on Copacabana Beach to secure a good spot at the front of the venue.
[David Poort/Al Jazeera]
The Brazilians, who had eliminated Chile in three previous World Cups, set a blistering pace from the start and Marcelo took a first crack at Chile with a volley that sailed wide.
[David Poort/Al Jazeera]
Copacabana Beach exploded into cheers after Brazil took the lead. Neymar whipped in a corner in the 18th minute, Thiago Silva headed it on and David Luiz flicked it in for his first international goal in his 40th appearance.
[David Poort/Al Jazeera]
A handful of Chileans cheered when Alexis Sanchez equalised for before halftime, stunning the crowd into temporary silence.
[David Poort/Al Jazeera]
Following a pulsating 1-1 draw after extra time, Brazil vs Chile became the first match of the 2014 World Cup to end with a penalty shootout.
[David Poort/Al Jazeera]
The shootout started well for Brazil when Luiz scored his spot-kick and Pinilla’s penalty was brilliantly saved by keeper Cesar. But then Brazil’s Willian kicked his penalty wide.
[David Poort/Al Jazeera]
But Brazil goal-keeper Julio Cesar saved another spot-kick in the shootout, leaving Chile with one final chance to equalise.
[David Poort/Al Jazeera]
Chile’s Gonzalo Jara, who plays for Nottingham Forest, hits the post! Brazil are through to the quarterfinals.
[David Poort/Al Jazeera]
The crowd on Copacabana Beach exploded into loud cheers after Gonzalo Jara missed his penalty. Brazil will next face Colombia in the quarterfinals in Fortaleza on July 4.


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