World Cup 2014: Christ the Redeemer statue lit up in the colours of Argentina and Germany after Brazil are embarrassed in 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands

The World Cup finalists were subject to a vote of who should have their team colours projected onto the Rio de Janeiro landmark

After Brazil suffered yet another embarrassing defeat in their own backyard, fans will have wanted to get as far away from football as possible, especially with the prospect of arch-rivals Argentina set to compete in the World Cup final later today.

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But what can you do to escape the sport when the whole of Brazil is swamped in football fever? Perhaps go for a walk to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in search of peace and tranquillity (or is your name is Luiz Felipe Scolari, redemption).

So imagine the sight of seeing the famous statue of Jesus Christ lit up in the colours of Argentina. Not bad enough? They’re followed by the native colours of Germany, Brazil’s 7-1 semi-final conquerors. It seems that Brazilians just can’t catch a break at the moment.

This is exactly what happened on Saturday night, as Twitter allowed the users of social media to vote for which World Cup finalists should have their team colours projected on to the Rio de Janeiro landmark.

 

Using the hash tag #ArmsWideOpen and either team’s hash flag, fans could vote for a two-hour spell, with the colours changing to reflect how the vote was playing out.

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Of course, tonight’s final will take place in Rio at the historic Maracana Stadium, where Argentina and Germany will collide in order to be acclaimed the best in the world. Neither side have lost in Brazil, and you’d have to say that either nation can stake a claim of being worthy champions.

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