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Brazil's national team returned home Sunday to a warm reception. ((Fabrice Coffrini/Afp/Getty Images) )

Brazil's national squad returned home Sunday to a friendly welcome despite its surprise elimination from the World Cup quarter-finals, although Felipe Melo was insulted by a few fans after being sent off in that match.

The team's chartered plane landed first in Rio de Janeiro, where players including goalkeeper Julio Cesar and defender Juan were warmly applauded. Julio Cesar was seen crying as he embraced his mother.

Felipe Melo appeared nervous as some fans shouted insults at him and told him "go home." He walked quickly to his father's vehicle and left the airport.

The midfielder was partially at fault for one goal and was later sent off as Brazil was eliminated Friday by a 2-1 loss to the Netherlands.

The plane then flew to Sao Paulo for other players to stay there or take connections elsewhere. Coach Dunga flew south to Porto Alegre.

Some fans also gathered at Sao Paulo airport but the players could not be seen as they left through side doors.