Maracana mayhem in Rio 

Maracana mayhem in Rio

Arrived in Rio on Moday night to nice warm evenings and sunshine during thhe day. Makes a change from the random rain showers that were stiffling plans during the day and making us both a bit lazy. Went up Corcovado yesterday (Jesus statue) and Sugarloaf mountain (cable car where James Bond fights Jaws in the film Moonraker, so Im told!). Last night we went to the legendary Maracana stadium to see Flamengo play Vitoria in a Copa Brazil semi-final. Flamengo won 2-0 but it could have been 3-2 with 2 goals ruled offside, a saved penalty (Dave Becks knows about those!) and several goalpost rattling efforts just slightly off the mark. The crowd were as or more bonkers than Boca but there were twice as many (about 50,000) of them. A great night out and a late one too, kick off wasnt until nearly 10pm. Beach today then of to the Lord Jim pub to watch England v Switzerland. England Expects...

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