Mid-Missourians gather to watch World Cup

A few dozen soccer fans gathered at International Tap House in Columbia Saturday afternoon for cold beer and a World Cup watch party. (Megan Sanchez/KRCG 13)

With cold beer glasses on coasters, several mid-Missourians gathered at International Tap House in downtown Columbia Saturday to watch the World Cup.

The beer hub will host watch parties throughout the tournament. Saturday afternoon soccer fans tuned in to the Croatia vs. Nigeria game. Croatia won that match 2-0.

Mizzou graduate student Sebastian Cardona is far from home as he pursues his studies. He said he has been watching the World Cup since 1994, so he wanted to introduce some of his school friends to the fun.

Cardona said soccer is like a religion in his home country of Colombia. He said he is excited to root for his favorite team when they play Japan on Tuesday.

"For me, right now, kind of makes you feel home and share with the people you share things in common, so I guess that's the most important thing I feel about the World Cup," Cardona said.

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