Soccer fans celebrate at World Cup watch parties around NYC

July 15, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Soccer enthusiasts fanned out to watch the World Cup final at cafes, bars, clubs and outdoor spaces across New York City.

After France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in Moscow, video showed a crowd cheering and waving French flags at a French Institute Alliance Francaise (ah-LEE’-ahnce frahn-SEZ’) gathering on a Manhattan street. The victory added to festivities the organization had already planned to celebrate France’s national Bastille (bahs-TEEL’) Day holiday.

Various French restaurants and bars also showed the final.

Croatia fans, meanwhile, had their own choice of gatherings at eateries and taverns, many in the Queens neighborhood of Astoria.

In Rockefeller Center, bleachers were set up for viewers to watch via the Spanish-language TV channel Telemundo Deportes (deh-POR’-tes).

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