Brazilian fans were decked out in green and yellow, while the German contingent, some with painted faces, waved flags as they watched the World Cup semifinal on a large screen at the Brazilian Embassy in Wellington.
But it wasn't long before a deep gloom descended on Team Brazil as they were thumped 7-1 by a rampant German side. At halftime, the score was 5-0.
One of them, Manoel Medeiros, said the loss was a big disappointment. "We always put pressure on our team - no matter how they score. We always want to win but we know that things not always that way. Sometimes we need to lose to learn something from that."
One New Zealander, decked out in Brazilian colours, played a drum throughout the match.
"I'm just trying to generate a bit of enthusiasm and create an atmosphere, really, trying to fit in with the crowd."
It was the Germans shouting and cheering for most of the match until the last few minutes when Brazil finally got on the scoreboard.
German ambassador Anne-Marie Schleich said she was excited to see her country in the final.
"Today really shows that the team is in very good form - much better than four years ago."
NZ punter wins $500
One New Zealand punter who bet $2 that the final score would be 7-1 to Germany has won $500.
The TAB said it took 9700 bets on the exact score result, with the $2 gamble - at odds of 250 to one - being the only successful one.
It said New Zealanders bet more than $1 million on Wednesday morning's match, the highest amount in the tournament so far.