From the L.A. Times' Kevin Baxter, on location in Brazil: Brazil has been flooded by Argentines, who have streamed across the
border for today's World Cup final between Lionel Messi's Argentina and
Some estimates of the number who have come range as high as 100,000.
That may be conservative.
Organizers say just 4,461 tickets for the final were sold in Argentina, which means a lot of the visitors are in Rio just to be close to their country's first appearance in a World Cup final in 24 years.Most are sleeping in cars parked in parks or other public places and thousands are expected to watch the game at the beachfront fan fest. With Brazil having been eliminated in the tournament semifinals, the fact that Brazil's rivals to the south are playing for the title hasn't sat well with many locals.