England and Croatia are teams that innovated over time but have generally been immutable during the World Cup, sticking to virtually identical starting line ups except for group phase fin·les, after advancement was secure.
But emotions were to change, and fans in Bristol held their heads in their hands and wept following England's defeat.
Josh Quinn, 22, from Bristol, said: "It was a disappointing performance from England".
It was their first engagement on the second and final day of their pre-Brexit charm offensive in Ireland, which comes less than a month after Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Emerald Isle. "So for me it has a slightly different feel", Southgate told reporters on Tuesday, before adding: "But it's nice to hear people are listening to it again".
"They have done so well".
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With Kerber also advancing, it is the first time two German women will play in the Wimbledon semifinals since 1931. In fact, her lifetime record after losing the first set is 38-35. "I'm just enjoying being here", Ostapenko said.
"I don't think we've done bad at all".
"Semi-finals, they've done what they had to do, they took us to the semi-finals".
Vrsaljko, who plays for Atletico Madrid, had struggled to be ready for the match after playing in two previous extra-time matches, but he found the strength to lift his exhausted, battered team to a comeback win. "I really thought we'd see a final though". "God willing, we will be world champions". "You have got to be proud".
"Everyone will obviously be upset and devastated".
"I've got the utmost respect for him - he's been banging goals in for Spurs for several seasons - but he's not alone, his team-mates play at top clubs, so it will be hard".
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France's goalkeeper also made two key saves to add to some similar heroics in the previous rounds but looked to play down his individual performance.
"They should have turned up, it's the semi-final of a World Cup".
When Kane got his best chances in the 30th minute against Croatia, his first shot was saved by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic. If you didn't already know that then you must've been living under a rock for at least the past four weeks and had no idea that the World Cup is going on and nearly come to an end.
Nick Branch, 35, joked: "I'm a West Ham fan so I'm used to disappointment".
Just making the semi-final was more than anybody expected and pubs across the county were packed last night to cheer on Gareth Southgate's young side.
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On the question of what kind of Brexit deal might win the approval of parliament, he was pessimistic. Mr Fabricant lauded Mrs May's Brexit plan as a "pragmatic compromise".