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Watching the World Cup With Croatia Fans 

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Pictures 1-8: from the High Point Restaurant & Bar in Eastlake during the Brazil vs. Croatia game. Pictures 9-19: from the American-Croatian Lodge in Willoughby during the Mexico vs. Brazil game. All pictures by Doug Brown / Cleveland Scene.
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High Point owner Mirki Dujmovic turns up the volume on the massive TV up front.
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A High Point cook expresses his displeasure at a call, yelling in his native-tongue.
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Croatia fans celebrate Croatia scoring the first goal of the World Cup (an own-goal knocked in by a Brazil defender).
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Celebrating Croatia taking a 1-0 lead on Brazil
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Reacting to the game.
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The main TV at High Point. Others watched at the bar.
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Several generations of Croatia soccer fans
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Karlovacko beer from Croatia
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Croatia fans gathered at the American-Croatian Lodge in Willoughby for their third game of the World Cup. If they beat Mexico, they'd move on to the next round. If they lost or tied, they're out. Here, young jersey-clad kids filled up the ledge in front of all the folding chairs.
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Rows of folding chairs were brought in, and some fans sat on the picnic tables already in the pavilion. The game was projected onto a large, blow up screen.
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The view from behind the pavilion during the game.
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Putting together a plate of Cevapi.
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A plate of cevapi
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The Croatia national soccer team is known for having jerseys with the red and white checkers pattern seen on the country's flag. A majority of the fans had a jersey on.
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Reacting to a call, in unison.
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Working on the projector during halftime.
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During halftime, dozens of kids hopped the fence and onto the lodge's soccer field for a game of their own.
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Watching in suspense when the game was still tied.
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After Mexico scored, Croatia fans realized they likely won't move on.
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High Point owner Mirki Dujmovic turns up the volume on the massive TV up front.

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