Friday 21 September, 2018

World Cup Watch: Trench Town blues as Brazil fall to Belgium

Brazil fans in Trench Town react after a goal is scored against their team in the quarter final match between the South American country and Belgium on Friday. Belgium won 2 - 1. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Brazil fans in Trench Town react after a goal is scored against their team in the quarter final match between the South American country and Belgium on Friday. Belgium won 2 - 1. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

There were sad faces all around in Bob Marley's old stomping ground of Trench Town in Kingston on Friday afternoon as Brazil crashed out of the World Cup with a 2 -1 loss to Belgium.

With music blaring from giant speakers, it was a carnival atmosphere at the Trench Town Multi-Purpose Training Centre, fueled by beer maker Red Stripe which hosted a viewing party in the community.

The large pro-Brazil crowd knocked pot covers and blew vuvuzelas and whistles to lift the decibels at the facility in support of the Selecao.

However, the fans were shocked early when Fernandinho turned a corner into his own net in the 13th minute to put Belgium in front - giving a voice to the few Belgium supporters who infiltrated the crowd.

There was more despair for Brazil fans when Kevin De Bruyne lashed home a brilliant 20-yard rocket to put the Red Devils up by two goals.

Brazil could find no answer until a 76th-minute headed reply from Renato Augusto, but it was too little too late, with the final whistle leaving a number of hearts broken in the hometown of the late reggae legend who himself was a huge fan of the Brazilian football team.

One Brazil fan, Junior said he believed his team played well but were thwarted by Belgium's defence.

Trenchtown: Brazil Blues

"Belgium use seven man inna defence and that's why dem win," he claimed.

Still, despite the dissapointment, it was a great vibe overall with a day of football excitement that started with the earlier France vs Uruguay quarter-final match that saw the Europeans advance with a 2 - 0 win.

According to Red Stripe trade executive, Ernie Muir, it was the company's way of giving back to the community, which had two representatives - Arnett Gardens and Boys' Town - in the recently-concluded Premier League, which is sponsored by the brewing company.

Muir said, "Red Stripe is a good corporate company and we are involved in the Red Stripe Premier League and also Heineken UEFA, so Red Stripe is a football company, hence we saw it as an opportunity to just give back to the community by showing the game, with the community coming together."

Muir explained that the community's strong support for Brazil in their earlier games influenced the company's decision to host the viewing party. 

Muir said, "we always ensure that we seek to find the opportunity anywhere we can get it from and as such, we got a good inside that today is a good day for the community to come together and make it a community effort.

"The initiative was supported more than we expected. We know Brazil is Jamaica's team and Red Stripe will always be here," he added.

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