It’s really good to see two nations get along so well at such an important soccer game. You really have to congratulate Argentina and Germany for keeping things classy yesterday in Brazil.
Sure, there was violence – Argentina fans fought each other in Buenos Aires – that resulted in riot police trying to maintain order, but emotions didn’t boil over inside Maracana Stadium where Germany won 1-0 on Mario Goetze‘s goal in extra time.
At least 60 hoodlums were arrested during the Buenos Aires craziness.
Police initially watched from the sidelines as fans slowly dissipated into downtown Buenos Aires, but moved in late at night as the supporters’ dejection turned to anger.
As officers in riot gear tried to clear the streets, the fans – many with their faces covered and having been drinking heavily – responded by hurling rocks, destroying store fronts, tearing down street lights and at one point breaking into a theatre.
The key seems to be giant fake implants wrapped with national flag colors. Those things seem to keep guys from throwing rocks – or punches.
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