With Costa Rica's 1-0 win against Italy today at the World Cup, England fans reacted with devastation to their country's elimination.
Costa Rica's victory over Italy -- or even a draw -- would eliminate England. Fans of the Three Lions had been cheering for an Italy win, the only result that would have kept their side alive.
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All over the world, English fans had cheered for Italy in a bid to salvage the country's two other losses -- first to Italy (2-1) last Saturday, then to Uruguay (again, 2-1) on Thursday.
Even actor Patrick Stewart, from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and the "X-Men" film series, had been cheering for Italy.
Wait....If Italy beat Costa Rica and Uruguay to nil and England beat Costa Rica 6-0...we qualify. Yeeeaah.— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) June 19, 2014
Before the game, Italy's star player, Mario Balotelli, had tweeted that he hoped Queen Elizabeth would give him a kiss if his team beat Costa Rica, allowing England to stay in the tournament.
If we beat Costa Rica i want a kiss,obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen.??????.— Mario Balotelli (@FinallyMario) June 19, 2014
After England's first World Cup first-round exit since 1958, fans reacted in awe, despair or disappointment on social media:
Costa Rica just eliminated England and they haven't even played against each other :/— Me. I am Marcos (@MarcosCastilloB) June 20, 2014
Costa Rica gives England fans perspective on what really matters: watching a team you hate lose— Alex Campbell (@alexcampbell) June 20, 2014
I didn't expect much from England, but facing a dead rubber against Costa Rica because they beat two teams we couldn't is a new national low— Brad (@bradcantona) June 20, 2014
BBC News right now "England are out of the World Cup after Italy failed to beat Costa Rica". God, not even giving CR credit... lmao #England— ReDeYe (@PaulChaloner) June 20, 2014
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