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FIFA Women's World Cup: downtown Vancouver a sea of red and white

Tens of thousands of soccer fans packed downtown Vancouver Sunday to cheer on Team Canada.

12-year-old Nanaimo girl, who saved babysitting money for 2 years to buy ticket, says it’s a dream come true

Fans young and old packed downtown Vancouver hours before the game in nervous anticipation. (Meera Bains/CBC)

A 12-year-old girl from Nanaimo who spent two years saving all her babysitting money and birthday gifts, was one of thousands of die hard soccer fans in downtown Vancouver Sunday. 

Team Canada and Switzerland faced off in an elimination game in the FIFA Women's World Cup at B.C. Place Stadium.

​Claire Krynowski said it's a dream come true to be at the match.

Bernie and Claire Krynowski at the CBC Vancouver Studios Sunday. Claire saved money for 2 years to go to the Women's World Cup. (Bal Brach/CBC News)

"Whenever I got birthday money, I just put it straight into the cup cause I knew World Cup was coming to Canada," said the 12-year-old diehard soccer fan.

Her father Bernie Krynowski said the lead up to the match brought his family closer together. 

"It's been wonderful for the bonding of our relationship and our families," he said. 

"It feels really special. I'm really happy for the enthusiasm and energy my daughter and my family have for soccer." 

And they weren't alone. ​Here's a snapshot of the hours leading up to the big game.

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