One of the more predictable features of the current World Cup is that there have been plenty of tears from players and fans alike. After scraping past Chile, half the Brazilian team were blubbing away like babies. And they were the winners. All a bit silly really, but perhaps an indication of what pressure the hosts are under.
Losers are of course permitted the odd sob or two, as long as they don’t start bawling their eyes out. It’s only a game after all. Mind you, when Paul Gascoigne burst into tears back at the 1990 tournament, he became an instant English hero.
Away from the whimpering, perhaps the biggest complement you could give the current gripping tournament, is that after the second round was completed, no really clear front-runner had emerged.
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