World Cup 2014: Chile celebrations turn wild in Santiago

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Police clash with fans in centre of Chile's capital

Celebrations amongst Chile fans turned dramatic following their defeat of Spain at the World Cup See Gallery

Celebrations following Chile’s World Cup victory over Spain took a dramatic turn in Santiago last night, as wild street parties ended in clashes with police and significant damage to public property in the nation’s capital.

Victory for Chile at the World Cup was significant as it sealed their progression to the knockout stages of the tournament and sent reigning champions Spain home.

However, hours after supporters had gathered at the Plaza Italia to toast victory, police were forced to respond to fan violence, fires, and damage to 300 of the city's buses.

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Public screening

Chile fans watch the game at a public screening in Santiago.

Chile fans were also in trouble in Brazil, after 85 supporters were detained for breaking into the media centre at the Maracanã Stadium before kick-off of the Spain vs. Chile game.

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Victory

Fans celebrate after victory is confirmed.

World Cup fever has gripped Chile so much that the government has had to pour cold water on fans’ celebrations by asking them to stop having World Cup barbeques. The mass burning of charcoal has given rise to a smog problem in Santiago, according to government officials.

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Cheering for joy

Fans old and young joined in with the festivities.

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Party atmosphere

Supporters continued in their revelry by launching each other into the air using large Chile flags.

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Safe landing

One fan is bought back to ground…

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Up again

...before another is thrown up into the air.

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Lifting the trophy

One fan celebrates and signals his team’s intent by kissing a replica of the World Cup trophy after the match.

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Champagne moment

Drinks are sprayed over cheering fans.

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Nightfall

As darkness falls, fans begin to climb the monuments in the Plaza.

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Growing crowds

The Plaza begins to fill with fans as the celebrations continued.

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Riot police

Riot police arrive to disperse crowds.

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Clashes

Fans respond by confronting the police while flares are lit.

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Damaged property

Trees decorating a street in Santiago were disrupted by the trouble.

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Fires

A lone figure films a blaze as clashes continue.

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Aftermath

A street in Santiago is left smoky and damaged by events in the capital.