Riot police were out in force in several Brazilian cities in case trouble kicked off. In Rio de Janeiro officers descended on Copacabana beach amid reports of gunfire.
Authorities were called to a densely-populated area of Sao Paulo after football supporters reportedly set a bus alight.
Spectators inside The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte were in tears as their side succumbed to a humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in the World Cup semi-final, ending dreams of a title on home soil last night.
Brazil’s head coach Felipe Scolari said he had experienced the worst day of his life in the wake of the result. He said: ‘I’ll be remembered probably because I lost 7-1, the worst defeat Brazil have ever had, but that was a risk I knew I was running when I accepted this position. Life goes on. That’s what I’ll do.’