Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Inter x Emelec (Libertadores Game 1)

Normally, when I head to Estádio Beira-Rio for a game, I have my Inter jacket tied around my waist (o que posso dizer? tô quase fanática.), in case of late night chill and because it has zipper pockets where I can stash my keys, cell phone, and a little poncho.

Tonight was hot. I was in a rush. I left home without it.

And. I. Got. Drenched.

It's all good. Most bad-weather days, Inter might be hard-pressed to get 8,000 fans in the 45k+ capacity stadium--particularly at 10pm on a weeknight. However, today was the first game of our luta (battle) for the Copa Libertadores da América. So I willingly got soaked during the second-half downpour alongside 40,000 other screaming, chanting, dancing, clapping fans. I think the team appreciated it, though, because after Ecuador's Emelec opened the scoring 3 minutes into the second half, Internacional came back fighting. Hard.

Tie. Then, in the final moments, we scored again to win it: 2x1. The action was electrifying in the first half, frustrating in the second, and joyful in the end. You will all be thrilled (or completely nonplussed [in the modern North American usage]) to learn that, in April, I will have my very own cadeira (chair) at Beira-Rio. That means that I will always have a seat to the games and never have to buy tickets. (Why April? Because my membership dues and game tickets are already purchased through then.) And even though I didn't mind it tonight, next time I won't have to stand in the rain.

I owe myself a story about Punta del Diablo, and about New Roxanne. But I might be back at the beach this weekend... poor me.

2010 is brilliant.