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.
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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