Thursday, February 2, 2023

Argentina’s streets become a party

BUENOS AIRES ( Associated Press) – Celebration erupted in the streets of Argentina Tuesday after the team easily defeated Croatia 3-0 to send the soccer-crazed South American nation into the World Cup final.

Fans packed the streets of the capital Buenos Aires as the match ended, waving Argentine flags from cars while others leapt with enthusiasm in a sea of ​​national team jerseys.

Shortly before, Buenos Aires came to a complete standstill on a hot summer afternoon as fans packed cafes, restaurants and public squares to follow the exploits of the Lionel Messi-led team on giant screens.

“I’m completely happy,” said 31-year-old Emiliano Adam, who works in an advertising agency and was celebrating in the streets of Buenos Aires wearing the flag as a hat. “It’s the first game I don’t suffer, the first time I can enjoy the game from start to finish.”

Argentina will now play the final match of the World Cup against the winner of the duel between France and Morocco, which will be played on Wednesday.

With the final still days away, Tuesday turned into a celebration as thousands gathered at the capital’s iconic obelisk.

A painful start to the tournament for Argentina followed a string of victories that has brought joy to a country amid economic stagnation, with the highest inflation rate in the world, as the year closed at nearly 100% and when almost 10 out of 10 Four people live in poverty.

“We’re all very excited, it’s been a long time since we’ve experienced happiness like this. It’s beautiful, look what it is,” said 27-year-old actress Laila Desmery, pointing to the people who were walking in the streets. were dancing and celebrating. “The joy we are about to experience is truly inexplicable.”

Great expectations were raised for the Argentine team after the quarter-final against the Netherlands. The harrowing encounter ended in a penalty shootout and led to a collective feeling that the team, which had lost its opening game to Saudi Arabia in shock, had found its rhythm.

“It was the inversion of the last match, we won calmly with a wide advantage and there were not so many tense or tense moments,” said Valentina González, a 31-year-old social media manager.

In a traditional cafe in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, those watching nervously at the screen cheered when Messi scored a penalty after 33 goalless minutes.

“Messi, Messi, Messi,” the crowd started chanting as they waved their hands in a loving ovation.

Barely five minutes later, when the fans were beginning to calm down, Julián Álvarez scored another impressive goal to make it 2–0.

In the supplementary portion, the crowd was jubilant and when Álvarez scored the third goal, people started jumping on chairs, kissing and hugging.

“Hand in hand with Leo Messi, we’re all going for a ride”, they began to shout.

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