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Exuberant fans celebrate Brazil's group win

Brazilian soccer fans react as they watch a live telecast of her team's World Cup match against Serbia, at Praca Maua, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Brazil wn 2-0. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Exuberant fans took to the streets across Latin America's biggest country singing, chanting, waving flags and honking horns to celebrate Brazil's 2-0 win over Serbia at the World Cup and its progress to the round of 16.

Five-time champion Brazil will play Mexico in the next round.

In Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and other cities, crowds wearing the national team's jersey gathered in front of television sets in restaurants, bars and public squares to watch the match.

One fast food outlet in Sao Paulo set up chairs in front of a large TV screen where customers, mostly teenagers, watched the game while munching on hamburgers and fries

"We played really well and deserved to win. We outsmarted the Serbians" said 15-year-old Pedro Fonseca. Brazil's win followed hours after defending champion Germany was knocked out in the group stage with a shocking 2-0 loss to South Korea. Germany's 7-1 semifinal win over the Brazilian team in Brazil four years ago remains one of the darkest memories in the country's proud football history.

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