Argentina Fans Storm Maracana to Watch Team’s World Cup OpenerTariq Panja
A group of ticketless Argentina fans stormed a gate to gain access to Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium for their team’s win over Bosnia in their first World Cup soccer game.
World Cup organizer FIFA said officials ejected a small number of people before the June 15 Group F game, which Argentina won 2-1.
Video published by Brazil’s O Globo newspaper showed about 30 people climbing over a wall or surging through an open chain-link gate into the stadium concourse before security officials closed the access point.
“It was an isolated incident,” Saint-Clair Milesi, spokesman for the World Cup organizing committee, told reporters in Rio. “We have to appeal to fans: If you don’t have a ticket, you don’t try to force your way in.”
The match resembled a home game for Argentina, with fans in the team’s light blue and white shirts making up the majority of the crowd in the Maracana, where the final will be played on July 13.
After taking the lead inside three minutes, Argentina struggled until four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi scored an individual goal. A late strike by Bosnia’s Vedad Ibisevic completed the scoring.