Chile – 2014

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Wow. Spain is out, Chile has advanced. Still one game to go in the first round. Wow.

Deep breath…. and I don’t even really like soccer, but wow, deep breath…

Unfortunately, I missed the first half and the two Chilean goals, but the moment they scored the first goal I knew I had to be with the Chilean fans for the second half of what would be a surprising defeat of the defending World Cup champions. Most of the recommended Toronto watch World Cup lists had Chilean fans at La Rosa Chilena, 760 Wilson Avenue but I got wind of Cantagallo Restaurante on Jane Street just north of Sheppard Avenue West and I wasn’t disappointed.

Date: June 18, 2014
Score of game: Chile 2, Spain 0
Location: Cantagallo Restaurante, 2708 JANE ST UNIT #3, Toronto, ON
Estimated number of fans at location: 25

Much like some of the African Toronto headquarters, Cantagallo Restaurante is definitely a headquarters for Latin teams in the World Cup. The owner is Chilean and his wife is Ecuadorian, so they authentically cheer on the continent on mass, take a look at all the flags and jerseys on the wall, but most especially, of course, Chile and Ecuador.

This is from their facebook post below:

CANTAGALLO RESTAURANT has the pleasure to invite the whole community to enjoy South America WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2014 in a friendly and welcoming environment ….. Come support our respective countries. Monday to Sunday from 12 pm to 8 pm.

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I was there for about 20 minutes before I realize there was a huge room in the basement as well, so this place can hold a lot of people. Being as this was a Wednesday 3:00pm game, it wasn’t too crowded, but I imagine that might change as Chile will advance.

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As strange as it may seem, the strained and stressed faces in the following few photos shows the tension in the game despite the score. If there was a team capable of coming back from 2 goals down, it was Spain, so there was drama until the very end.

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Amazing:
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