Chilean supporters storm media lounge in Rio stadium
WATCH: Chilean fans storm media room in attempt to get into Spain-Chile match
Chile’s soccer team has an ardent fan base.
That fact revealed itself again Wednesday in the lead up to the team’s Group B match against Spain when about 100 supporters invaded the media room at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Dozens of Chilean fans can be seen storming the media lounge while a surprised press corps immediately begins filming the melee with phones and cameras.
The fracas was an apparent — and it seems successful — attempt to gain access to the match, which Chile went on to win 2-0, eliminating the defending champions from the 2014 tournament.
In the lead up to the tournament, Chile got an inspiring boost from the ‘Los 33,’ the group of surviving miners who spent 69 days trapped underground in 2010 before being rescued.
The group appeared on Chilean TV ads in a moving commercial for one of the country’s banks.
The ad, which shows the men standing arm in arm urging their side on, appears to have motivated more than just the team.
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