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Brazil wins, comes alive for World Cup despite protests

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil exploded with street parties as the home team won the World Cup’s opening game Thursday, but scattered violent protests were a reminder that many locals remain angry over the billions spent to host the tournament.

Millions of fans dressed in Brazil’s canary yellow, green and blue home colors, cheered throughout Brazil’s victory over Croatia and continued the revelry well into the night.

The country briefly fell silent when Croatia took an early lead, but fireworks, horns and drumbeats crescendoed as Brazil rallied for a 3-1 win.

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