Their World Cup dreams in tatters, try telling Spain’s inconsolable fans that football is only a game… There were heartbreaking scenes in Hanover as one of the pre-tournament favourites went crashing out of the competition – beaten three one by France.
Some supporters debated the controversial nature of the free kick that helped give their opponents the lead. Others resigned themselves with a sense of deja vu. “There is no way of winning,” said one man, reflecting Spain’s tag as being perennial underachievers. “My son cried – as usual,” added another. A third man joked about how he would be able to get back to Spain, without setting foot on French soil.
It all means Spanish hopes of winning the World Cup will now have to remain firmly on hold – until South Africa in 2010.