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England fans pack pub

Colton Davies

Penticton's new British pub, Brexit, was a full house with footy fans for Wednesday's World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia.

The dozens of fans on hand were lively through the nail-biting match but ended on a quiet note, as Croatia earned a 2-1 win in overtime to move on to the World Cup Final.

In a sea of England jerseys, there was one lone Croatia shirt in the packed pub — two Croatian fans in total, who embraced in a hug after their momentous win.

The lone fan wearing a Croatia jersey, who watched with a co-worker donning an England shirt, said there was a great atmosphere in the room during the match.

"I felt very welcomed... When Croatia did score, I was a little concerned that food would be thrown in my direction, but no food was thrown at me. So it's been great," she said, laughing.

Most England fans were gracious in defeat, with one fan saying "Croatia was the better team" on the way out.

Brexit owner Martyn Lewis opened the facility two months ago, and during the game he said he was happy to be able to provide a venue for football fans.

"We've always watched the England games in Penticton, and we got thrown out of a pub a couple of years ago for singing too much. So I decided to build a pub," Lewis said.

"There's a community feeling about it. You can sit at the bar by yourself and have a chat with people, and it's really working out."

Croatia will play for World Cup supremacy for the first time ever, while England fans in Penticton will watch their team play Belgium for third place on Saturday, beginning at 7 a.m. local time.



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