RIO DE JANEIRO - A group of fans wearing Chile jerseys weren't as successful as the real team.
Chile will move on the next round after a 2-0 win over Spain but a number of its fans aren't as lucky. They will either be sent home or spend some time in a Rio de Janeiro pokey.
Fans who couldn't get into the Spain-Chile game Wednesday stormed through the media security check outside Maracana Stadium, slammed through a media centre door and attempted to rush down a corridor to get into the seating area.
On their way, they pulled apart two large sections of flimsy, plywood walls in the media centre as they rushed headlong, attempting to find some way through to the stadium. When they realized there was no way in, they attempted to escape by tearing down the walls.
A few intrepid fans did get into media centre, but were quickly herded away.
Their actions led to a statement from FIFA and the local organizing committee.
"Ahead of the Spain versus Chile match at the Maracana, a group of individuals without tickets violently forced entry into the stadium, breaking fences and over-running security. They were contained by the security and did not make it to the seats.
"The situation was brought under control quickly and at least 85 intruders were detained, according to the military police of Rio.
"The organizers of the FIFA World Cup condemn these acts of violence and will communicate further information and measures to be taken in due course."
Reporters were working in the large media centre an hour before the Chile-Spain game when a section of partition suddenly collapsed. Tables and chairs went flying in all directions.
A minute later, with the media snapping pictures of the aftermath, a second section of the wall collapsed. In the corridor leading to the stadium, a mass of people struggled to move, causing another wall to collapse in their rush to avoid authorities.
The destruction after dozens of World Cup fans stormed through the media centre at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 18, 2014. (MORRIS DALLA COSTA/QMI Agency)
They were eventually surrounded and made to sit in the corridor before being marched out.
Thousands of Chilean and Spanish fans mingled outside the stadium before the game. Three hours before kickoff, security had to chase down six fans wearing Chile jerseys who calmly attempted to walk around the media checkpoint while security guards were busy scanning bags.
The situation is a black eye for FIFA and security. There are thousands of security, police and military personnel standing around outside the stadium but there weren't many in the area around the media check-in.