Many American fans who had bought tickets expecting to see the U.S. women's team play the Olympic semifinal at the Maracana Stadium turned their support to the hosts in Tuesday's match against Sweden.
The U.S. lost to Sweden in a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals in a shocking elimination for the five-time Olympic champions.
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"Obviously we were expecting to see the American team here," said Cori Lanclos, a U.S. fan from Dallas who traveled to Rio with three other friends to watch the Olympics. "But now that they are gone we will definitely cheer for Brazil. We want the hosts to win, and we don't like Sweden very much right now after that last game."
While the U.S. was trying to win the Olympic tournament for the fourth straight time, Brazil was looking for its first Olympic gold in women's soccer.
"Now there is no doubt that we will be cheering for Marta and Brazil," said Beth Beach, who was wearing a green Brazil shirt and carrying American flags. "We wanted the U.S. to win it, but now that it can’t, it's all about Brazil."
Beach and her friends paid about $70 each for their tickets for the semifinal match at Maracana, the famed venue that hosted the World Cup final two years ago.
It was the first Olympic soccer match being held at the stadium, which was used for the opening ceremony of the Rio Games. It will host the men's and women's final, as well as the games' closing ceremony.