Heartbreak after hope.
This was the mood across Greater Manchester when England’s dream of a European Championship was shattered.
Tears were shed when the team lost to Italy during the nail-biting penalty shootout.
And when Italy ended the glory of the Three Lions with a 3-2 victory at Wembley, the fans lost at home.
At the event in Trainford, supporters rallied, but not before the era of praise for a team that was very close to victory.
But fans in Stevenson Square refused to undo the damage and continued to sing long after the final whistle.
Meanwhile, the Garsdale in Brewery was devastated. It is jointly owned by Kellen, the brother of English hero Kieran Trapper.
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Stuart Howart, who watched the game, later said: “It’s heartbreaking to think what could have happened.
“The only major tournament we remember is the semi-finals of the 90’s and it ended with a heartbeat.
“We are living with the hope that we will go beyond that and get closer tonight.
“It feels terrible.”
Meanwhile, at Wembley Stadium, Prince George was among the fans who suffered defeat.
The prince – who was delighted by Luke Shaw’s goal in the second minute of the game – was watching the match with his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The Duke of Cambridge described England’s Euro 2020 defeat as “shocking”, but told the team that “you can all hold your head high, and be proud of yourself”.
England’s early lead, which gave them a 1-0 lead in just two minutes in the first half, was not enough to win, destroying the fans.
One win was the men’s soccer team’s first major tournament victory since winning the 1966 World Cup, which also took place at Wembley.