Belo Horizonte: Groups of Chilean fans moved about the streets here on the eve of their team's game against Brazil. Some were on foot, some rode in packed cars with the red, white and blue flag of Chile fluttering from windows, and many yelled their familiar chant, "Chi Chi Chi, Le Le Le," while locals looked on, distinctly unamused.
The Brazilians have been wonderful in hosting their first World Cup since 1950, but the Chileans are bent on repaying that hospitality with the unthinkable: knocking Brazil out of its own tournament in the Round of 16 on Saturday.
If Brazilians lose interest upon their team's being eliminated, it would subtract a large supply of ready-made pageantry and sizzle from what has evolved into a theatrical tournament. On Thursday, when the Brazilian national team arrived on a chartered flight from its base outside Rio de Janeiro, fans lined the streets to greet the bus along the route to the hotel. (It's nervous Brazil vs confident Chile)