This is why we’re here.

I’ve been here before, I know this feeling:

Nervous, can’t watch.
Can’t – not.
Feel sick.
What’s going to happen if they lose?
Surely they won’t…
But, what IF?
[expletive]

Fortunately I’ve been on the good side of this situation on home soil twice in the past few years – NZ’s 2011 Rugby World Cup victory & Canada Men’s Hockey Gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

To be fair though, it’s precisely why we’re all here in Brazil and why billions of people around the world get hung up on sport and mega-events like the World Cup… but… Brazil advancing essentially coming down to a coin toss in the Round of 16s? Not like this, please!

Here is Salvador’s response to Chile’s final penalty miss. The celebration was as much relief as it was joy, as you’d be well aware if you saw Julio Cesar’s interview following the game.

This is why we’re here. This is sport. This is awesome.

Here’s to hoping Brazil can push on against a very strong Colombian side next in the Quarter Finals 4 July.

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