Today Russia defeated Holland 3-1 in the quarterfinal football match and all hell broke loose. People were screaming and the dorm was so loud. Several times it felt like the entire building was shaking. Our teacher even warned us not to go out or else we’d be killed in all the chaos! There were also lots of fireworks exploding all over the city. People were walking in the streets, chanting “Russia” and then, later, singing the national anthem. I’d heard about football mania before, about riots and people going crazy after matches. But it was truly incredible to be able to experience a bit of it first hand.