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As I mentioned in my last post, College Street is one of the city's main gathering places to watch Italy play in the World Cup (or Euro Cup or whatever else is going). Here was the scene this morning during the match with New Zealand:
College & Clinton
All of the north part of Clinton street was covered with tents for the fans watching the screens at Cafe Diplomatico. Bicycle cops stood at the ready to protect the city from rowdy Italian celebrations. Turns out, the crowd was quite subdued due to the unexpected course of the game...
(zooming in to see the one lonely Kiwi draped in the New Zealand flag)
More anxiety among Italy fans down the street:
I watched the clock run out at Il Gatto Nero at College and Crawford. There was a definite air of tension and frustration.
At the final whistle when the draw was made official, the Italian fans were uncharacteristically quiet. The rest of the world, however, adores a good underdog story! I got my smirking self out of view and home to watch the recap.
On a trip to the grocery store, I passed Il Gatto Nero again and noted that the local Brazil supporters were having a much better day of it.