Spanish fans celebrate World Cup win
By JENNY YUEN, QMI Agency
Plaza Flamingo was the scene of nail-biting drama as 300 Spanish soccer fans anxiously prayed they’d score the first goal against Portugal.
And the fans in red and yellow jerseys got their wish 15 minutes into the second half of the game.
“This is such a proud moment,” said an ecstatic Jonathan Plyero, 23, as he cheered everyone with a pint.
The packed room erupted into whistles, cheers, jumping and flag waving as many embraced each other, celebrating Spain’s triumphant victory against Portugal, which saves them from being ousted from the World Cup.
“They started off badly, but so far they’re playing perfectly,” said Charbel Khouri, 22. “It’s not about the Spanish league. Here in Canada, people think hockey is the most important sport, but there are so many people who love soccer.”
The audio would sometimes cut in and out, causing fans to blow whistles and groan.
“When I watch the games, I feel all this adrenaline,” said Dario Fresco, 34, who is placing all bets that Spain wins the World Cup. “The games are very exciting. If they win, I’m going to celebrate with my friends, my wife and with a few drinks.”
Khouri said he’s looking forward to watching Spain play the quarter-finals against Paraguay.
“This league has done very well this year,” he said.
Maher Dajani, 22, said he planned on celebrating Spain’s win by taking a visit to Little Portugal on Dundas St. W.
“We should go to Portugal and tease them,” he said. “It’s a fight — there’s a winner and a loser always, right?”
Spain plays Paraguay July 3.