Many Brazilians Are Afraid, Very Afraid

Brazilians have been cheering their national team passionately this World Cup but there is reason enough to take the Colombian challenge in quarterfinals seriously.

updated: July 04, 2014 16:51 IST
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Brazil fans have had tense moments and many are scared Colombia may make their fears come true.

Rio de Janeiro: The doctor thinks the patient is critical. The taxi driver sees trouble ahead. The personal trainer is worried.

Brazil may have put aside its problems to cheer its national team in the World Cup, but across the nation on Thursday the mood on the streets, and in restaurants and offices, and on park benches and buses was concern and dread that the home team's quarterfinal match against Colombia on Friday might be its last of the tournament. (Five reasons why Colombia can overcome Brazil hoodoo)

"I'm afraid," said Gorete Bittencourt, a doctor from Sao Paulo. "I'm afraid of our players, of who we are going to put on the field."

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