Brazil beats Chile in passion-filled friendly in Toronto

Brazilian forward Hulk (No. 19) gets mobbed by teammates after scoring the opening goal of Tuesday...

Brazilian forward Hulk (No. 19) gets mobbed by teammates after scoring the opening goal of Tuesday night's friendly against Chile in Toronto. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:49 PM ET

TORONTO - My friend Javier Adasme called me on Saturday afternoon, right smack in the middle of the Toronto Argonauts media availability.

“Hey Steve,” he said. “Sorry about us kicking your team’s ass.”

I wasn’t sure what he was talking about. My team?

“England,” he said. “Chile beat England yesterday.”

Right. Javier knows that when the Canadian national soccer team isn’t playing, my support switches over the England, the land of three grandparents.

Javier has lived in Toronto for years, but his support never changes. He’s from Chile and follows his national side through thick and thin. Lately that has been easy, as the Chilean team qualified this year for the 2014 World Cup, marking two straight World Cups for the South American side. Chile finished third in the South American qualification tournament (CONMEBOL) with an impressive 9-1-6 record.


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