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Brazil fan dies after ‘tense’ match

Belo Horizonte, Brazil -

A Brazil fan gestures during a live broadcast of the World Cup round of 16 match between Brazil and Chile, inside the Fifa Fan Fest area in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Picture: Rodrigo Abd. Credit: AP

A 69-year-old Brazilian fan died of heart failure while watching his country's World Cup penalty shootout win over Chile, media reported on Saturday.

The man was watching the tense encounter, which Brazil won on spotkicks after the sides were locked 1-1 after extra-time, in a nearby bar when he complained of feeling unwell.

The fan, who was diabetic, died shortly after being taken to hospital, web news portal G1 and the website of Estado de Minas newspaper reported.

The paper added local health officials had to treat about 100 people during the game, including a 50-year-old woman for a heart problem during the penalties and a young man whose nose was fractured in a fight. - Sapa-AFP

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