Una chance mas!
.Una chance mas! "One more chance," chants a fan after Chile finishes second in Group H and advances to the next round in the World Cup.
Another fan quickly adds," I think when they go to the second round it should be a draw because it's always unfair. We always have to play against Brazil."
Regardless, Chile and their amazing fans have one more day to play and celebrate and again. I'm witnessing for the second time in the same day that yes, the Drive is in fact, alive!
After the Portugal and Brazil game the Chileans took over where the Brazilians left off earlier this morning. Minus the Brazilian samba band, the Chileans brought more than enough excitement.
I'm happy, I've been waiting 47 years", yells a woman before she wraps her kids up in a Chilean flag for a picture.
What a celebration! They stopped buses, put kids on cars and were madly waving their flags. One emotional father told his son to show his flag. "That's the whole point. He's proud of where he comes from," he said before leaning down and kissing his son's head.
That touched me and I got a little choked up. The power of sport comes through again.
The atmosphere is invigorating and the police are not far. (I guess Vancouver didn't send all of them to Toronto for the G20 summit). A motorcycle policeman reminds the celebrating fans to stay in their area and not come out.
The fans reply with CHILE, CHILE, CHILE. What I'm thinking is where the police were when the Brazilians took their parade down the street and blocked traffic?
Nothing, not even the police can take the joy away from these Chilean fans today. All that's on the schedule is more dancing, tail-gating and chanting. (Yes they were tail-gating).
Then, I meet Alberto who is half Chilean and half Spanish. He is wearing both a Spain and Chile flag. "This was a very tough game to watch. I had my family back home in Spain and my family back home in Chile." He was on the phone with them and ended up getting the best of both worlds as both teams advanced.
It's a happy day on the Drive until Tuesday when both Brazil and Chile fans head to the Libra Room to watch the game. Not everyone is going to get it in.
Let me know where else you will go if the Libra Room is full.
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About the Author
Coreena Robertson (Vancouver)
Coreena Robertson is a seasoned sports producer and experienced sports broadcaster who loves to cover sports at both the community and professional level. She has interviewed high profile celebrities and sports stars such as LeBron James and the late Paul Newman, but also loves hanging out at the local pitch.