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Euro 2016: Fans get sinking feeling at Belfast's Titanic slipway

Tears were wept, nerves shredded and voices sang hoarse, but throngs who flocked to Belfast's fanzone left with one abiding thought - we can still make it though...

By Nevin Farrell

Published 13/06/2016

Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Fans who won Gold Level VIP tickets pictured with Northern Ireland legend Billy Hamilton, who made the assist in the 1982 World Cup. Fans pictured are, Robert Grierson, Karen Connolly, and Dianne Atkinson. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Fans at the Northern Ireland fanzine at Titanic slipways in Belfast for Northern Ireland's crucial Euro 2016 clash against World Champions Germany in Paris. Photo by Peter Morrison/Belfast Telegraph
Fans at the Northern Ireland fanzine at Titanic slipways in Belfast for Northern Ireland's crucial Euro 2016 clash against World Champions Germany in Paris. Photo by Peter Morrison/Belfast Telegraph
Fans at the Northern Ireland fanzine at Titanic slipways in Belfast for Northern Ireland's crucial Euro 2016 clash against World Champions Germany in Paris. Photo by Peter Morrison/Belfast Telegraph
Fans at the Northern Ireland fanzine at Titanic slipways in Belfast for Northern Ireland's crucial Euro 2016 clash against World Champions Germany in Paris. Photo by Peter Morrison/Belfast Telegraph
Fans at the Northern Ireland fanzine at Titanic slipways in Belfast for Northern Ireland's crucial Euro 2016 clash against World Champions Germany in Paris. Photo by Peter Morrison/Belfast Telegraph
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Northern Ireland fans (left to right)Joanne King, Tanya Naycott and Helena Mateer at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast before they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast, UK - February 12 , Pictured is fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Northern Ireland fans whilst watching the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match between Northern Ireland and Poland at the Titanic Museum, Belfast. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 12th June 2015 Northern Ireland v Poland Fan Zone Titanic Belfast GAWA Fans enjoying the warm up too the kick off.
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 12th June 2015 Northern Ireland v Poland Fan Zone Titanic Belfast GAWA Fans enjoying the warm up too the kick off.
GAWA fans enjoying the excitment at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the excitment at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the excitment at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the excitment at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 12th June 2015 Northern Ireland v Poland Fan Zone Titanic Belfast GAWA Fans enjoying the warm up too the kick off.
GAWA fans enjoying the excitment at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the excitment at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the excitement at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the excitement at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast, UK - February 12 , Pictured is fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Northern Ireland fans whilst watching the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match between Northern Ireland and Poland at the Titanic. Belfast. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Emily Gray during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Northern Ireland fans whilst watching the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match between Northern Ireland and Poland at the Titanic Museum, Belfast. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

The dream is far from dead, and not even a deflating defeat in Northern Ireland's first big match in 30 years could quell the unbridled enthusiasm of 10,000 supporters in Belfast's fanzone.

Despite the heartbreaking 1-0 loss to party-pooping Poland, the atmosphere was electric in the city's Titanic Quarter until the final whistle blew.

The Green and White Army sang, danced and bounced their way through the Euro opener and even when their nails were bitten down to the quick by the end, their spirits were still high.

"We're not done yet - we'll be back," was the message afterwards.

Earlier, the popular chant 'We're not Brazil, we're Northern Ireland' had helped ratchet up the feel-good factor as fans prepared to party their way through the match.

Unfortunately for those watching on the 72 square metre, 663,552-pixel big screen - it weighed a mere 4.2 tonnes - it was clear that Poland were dangerous.

When they took the lead at the start of the second half the fans held their heads in their hands.

However, every Northern Ireland attempt to equalise had them in raptures.

But the plucky Poles held out and when the final whistle sounded there were a few glum faces at first.

But it didn't last for long, as the defiant supporters vowed they could still make it through to the next round.

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Belfast, UK - February 12 , Pictured is fans reactions during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast, UK - February 12 , Pictured is fans reactions during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Northern Ireland fans look dejected whilst watching the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match between Northern Ireland and Poland at the Titanic Museum, Belfast.
Fans at Belfast's Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland concede the goal during Poland's 1-0 victory in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
A Northern Ireland supporter looks on during the Euro 2016 group C football match between Poland and Northern Ireland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast, UK - February 12 , Pictured is fans reactions during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast, UK - February 12 , Pictured is fans reactions during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast, UK - February 12 , Pictured is fans reactions during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast, UK - February 12 , Pictured is fans reactions during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Northern Ireland's goalkeeper Michael McGovern looks at the ball after Poland's forward Arkadiusz Milik scored during the Euro 2016 group C football match between Poland and Northern Ireland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Poland's defender Artur Jedrzejczyk (R) celebrates his team's victory next to Northern Ireland's forward Conor Washington at the end of the Euro 2016 group C football match between Poland and Northern Ireland at the Stade de Nice in Nice on June 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland fans look dejected whilst watching the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match between Northern Ireland and Poland at the Titanic Museum, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 12, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Jonny Evans of Northern Ireland applauds the supporters after his team's 0-1 defeat in the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Poland and Northern Ireland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 12, 2016 in Nice, France. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
A Northern Ireland fan looks dejected whilst watching the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match between Northern Ireland and Poland at the Titanic Museum, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 12, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Gareth McAuley (R) and Northern Ireland players applaud after their 0-1 defeat in the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Poland and Northern Ireland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 12, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Poland's defender Artur Jedrzejczyk (R) celebrates his team's victory next to Northern Ireland's forward Conor Washington at the end of the Euro 2016 group C football match between Poland and Northern Ireland at the Stade de Nice in Nice on June 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
Conor Washington of Northern Ireland show their dejection after his team's 0-1 defeat in the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Poland and Northern Ireland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 12, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 12, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Northern Ireland's defender Craig Cathcart reacts to his team's loss after the final whistle during the Euro 2016 group C football match between Poland and Northern Ireland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 12: Jonny Evans of Northern Ireland applauds the supporters after his team's 0-1 defeat in the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Poland and Northern Ireland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 12, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland fans appear dejected in the stands after seeing their side concede the first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 12, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill on the touchline during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice.
Northern Ireland fans appear dejected in the stands after seeing their side concede the first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Poland's forward Arkadiusz Milik (L) is congratualtes by teammates after scoring a goal during the Euro 2016 group C football match between Poland and Northern Ireland at the Stade de Nice in Nice on June 12, 2016.
Northern Ireland fans looks dejected after their team concede a goal as they watch the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match between Northern Ireland and Poland at the Titanic Museum, Belfast.
Arkadiusz Milik (2nd L) of Poland scores his team's first goal past Michael McGovern of Northern Ireland during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Poland and Northern Ireland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 12, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland Manager Michael O'Neill during this afternoons Euro 2016 International at the Allianz stadium in Nice on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland Fans at this afternoons Euro 2016 International at the Allianz stadium in Nice on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland's Steven Davis and Poland's Michał Pazdan during this afternoons Euro 2016 International at the Allianz stadium in Nice on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Poland's midfielder Krzysztof Maczynski (C) passes the ball during the Euro 2016 group C football match between Poland and Northern Ireland at the Stade de Nice in Nice on June 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Paddy McNair (right) and Poland's Arkadiusz Milik battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice. Nick Potts/PA Wire.
Pat Jennings (centre) in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Sir Alex Ferguson (centre) in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Kyle Lafferty of Northern Ireland interacts with Wojciech Szczesny of Poland during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Poland and Northern Ireland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 12, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Kate Hoey shows her support in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland fans during Sundays Euro 2016, Group C match against Poland at the Stade de Nice, France.
Artur Jedrzejczyk of Poland and Kyle Lafferty of Northern Ireland compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Poland and Northern Ireland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 12, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland fans during Sundays Euro 2016, Group C match against Poland at the Stade de Nice, France.
Poland's Robert Lewandowski heads at goal whilst under pressure from Northern Ireland's Conor McLaughlin (left) during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 12th June 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Northern Ireland fan supporting Northern Ireland against Poland EURO 2016 at the Stade de Nice. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Northern Ireland fans during Sundays Euro 2016, Group C match against Poland at the Stade de Nice, France.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th June 2016 - Photo by Press Eye - First Minister Arlene Foster with IFA President Jim Shaw and IFA Chief Executive Patrick Nelson at Poland V Northern Ireland in Nice, France.
Northern Ireland fans show their support in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 12, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Northern Ireland fans show their support in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 12, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Northern Ireland fans show their support in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 12, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Poland's starting eleven pose for a group picture during the Euro 2016 group C football match between Poland and Northern Ireland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Poland supporters cheer their team on during the Euro 2016 group C football match between Poland and Northern Ireland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland supporters cheer during the Euro 2016 group C football match between Poland and Northern Ireland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Steven Davis (centre) during the warm-up before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice.
Northern Ireland fans in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice.
Northern Ireland fans show their support in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice.
Northern Ireland fans during Sundays Euro 2016, Group C match against Poland at the Stade de Nice, France.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 12th June 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Northern Ireland fan Josh Baines aged 8, and father Roger and Grandfather Jim from Kilkeel enjoying the sunshine in Nice ahead of the Northern Ireland against Poland EURO 2016 match at the Stade de Nice. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 12th June 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Northern Ireland fan Matthew Gibson , aged 12, from Donaghadee enjoying the sunshine in Nice ahead of the Northern Ireland against Poland EURO 2016 match at the Stade de Nice. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 12th June 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Northern Ireland fans Ruth and David Crawford and Louise Hamilton from Donegal , enjoying the sunshine in Nice ahead of the Northern Ireland against Poland EURO 2016 match at the Stade de Nice. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 12th June 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Northern Ireland fans Uel,William,Ian,Ken and Hugh Moulds from Lisburn , enjoying the sunshine in Nice ahead of the Northern Ireland against Poland EURO 2016 match at the Stade de Nice. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 12th June 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Northern Ireland fans Olivia and Roy Kelly from Bangor, enjoying the sunshine in Nice ahead of the Northern Ireland against Poland EURO 2016 match at the Stade de Nice. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 12th June 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Northern Ireland fan Marc, Gillian, Ann and Colin Francey from Portrush , enjoying the sunshine in Nice ahead of the Northern Ireland against Poland EURO 2016 match at the Stade de Nice. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 12th June 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Northern Ireland fan David Clint from Comber , enjoying the sunshine in Nice ahead of the Northern Ireland against Poland EURO 2016 match at the Stade de Nice. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 12th June 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Northern Ireland fans Uel,William,Ian,Ken and Hugh Moulds from Lisburn , enjoying the sunshine in Nice ahead of the Northern Ireland against Poland EURO 2016 match at the Stade de Nice. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Northern Ireland v Poland Euro 2016 Group C Northern Ireland Fans From L-R Graeme Hamilton, Conor Munn, Scott Robinson and Luke McCreery at this afternoons Euro 2016 International at the Allianz stadium in Nice on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland v Poland Euro 2016 Group C Northern Ireland Fans Graeme Hamilton, Conor Munn, Scott Robinson and Luke McCreery with Polish fans at this afternoons Euro 2016 International at the Allianz stadium in Nice on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland v Poland Euro 2016 Group C Northern Ireland Fans Graeme Hamilton, Conor Munn, Scott Robinson and Luke McCreery get a selfie with Polish Fans at this afternoons Euro 2016 International at the Allianz stadium in Nice on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Carl Frampton with fellow Northern Ireland fan James Tait in Nice
Northern Ireland v Poland Euro 2016 Group C Northern Ireland Fans David , Stuart and Colin Bell at this afternoons Euro 2016 International at the Allianz stadium in Nice on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
First Minister Arlene Foster joins Northern Ireland fans in Nice ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.
First Minister Arlene Foster joins Northern Ireland fans in Nice ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.
First Minister Arlene Foster joins Northern Ireland fans in Nice ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.
First Minister Arlene Foster joins Northern Ireland fans in Nice ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.
Northern Ireland supporter and Groom Stuart Stockman (second left) outside the Ma Nolan's Irish pub in Nice, France ahead of his team's opening match against Poland in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 11, 2016. See PA story SPORT Euro2016 StagNI. Photo credit should read: Michael McHugh/PA Wire
Northern Ireland supporters enjoying the sights of Nice, France ahead of the team's opening match against Poland in Euro 2016.
Northern Ireland fans appear on the balcony of their hotel on the seafront near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA
Northern Ireland fans are joined by a Polish football fan as they arrive on the seafront near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA
Northern Ireland fans appear on the balcony of their hotel on the seafront near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA
Northern Ireland fans appear on the balcony of their hotel on the seafront near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA
Northern Ireland fans arrive on the seafront near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA
Northern Ireland fans arrive on the beach near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA
Northern Ireland fans Chris Geoghegan and Richard McKnight from Belfast bump into Gary Lineker in France.
Philip Wright on tour with the Green and White army. They left on a 6am flight to Nice.
Ballymacash Northern Ireland supporter's club head off to France. Pic: Andrew Clarke
David Johnston and fellow Northern Ireland fans head off to France.
Crawford McCullough's 'mancave' in Bangor Co Down.
Northern Ireland flags flying in France. Picture: Dennis Russell
Adam Topping (33) from Scarva Northern Ireland in St Raphael. He has tickets all the way to the final so will not be home until July 11.
A Northern Ireland fan samples some ice cream in Lyon, France. Thursday June 9, 2016. PA
Colin Porter passing the time before he heads to Nice. Pic: Gary Porter
Home for Bedfordshire based Dave Price and his pals for the next two weeks at least
Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland fans on their way to France for Euro 2016. Pic: Gregg Clarke.
Northern Ireland fans Eddie McCullough and Ian Thompson pictured at the boulangerie in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of the opening Euro 2016 game against Poland in Lyon on Sunday. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland Fan Ian Thompson from Ballymena travel threw St Georges de Reneines in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty pictured during Fridays training session in St Georges de Reneins, France ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.

And as the smoke of the green flares faded and the sound of plastic beer glasses being crumpled underfoot were replaced the sounds of cheers, grown men in green wigs dusted themselves down and danced their way home.

The sense of pride, passion and belief was still palpable.

Michael Shaw (37) from Finaghy was at the fan zone with his boys John (10) and Jackson (3). He was downcast, but is still heading out to France to watch his heroes.

"It is disappointing. We tried very hard in the last 35 minutes to get a result," he said.

"But it is great to be in the tournament and I'm now heading over for the Ukraine game with three mates. It doesn't matter if we win, lose or draw, we will have a party."

Earlier, when hopes were higher, even the PSNI couldn't resist the party atmosphere, blaring out the fan's favourite chant - Will Grigg's On Fire, a parody of Gala's Freed From Desire - from a Land Rover as the queue stretched for half a mile.

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JULY 07: Ludivine Sagna, wife of Bacary Sagna of France is seen in the stand is seen prior to the UEFA EURO semi final match between Germany and France at Stade Velodrome on July 7, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JULY 07: Ludivine Sagna, wife of Bacary Sagna of France is seen in the stand is seen prior to the UEFA EURO semi final match between Germany and France at Stade Velodrome on July 7, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
France supporters kiss prior to the Euro 2016 semi-final football match between Germany and France at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on July 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOISBERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images
A Germany's supporter waves her country's national flag prior to the start of the Euro 2016 semifinal soccer match between Germany and France, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
A France fan waits for the start of the Euro 2016 semi-final football match between Germany and France at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on July 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world - A France supporter waits for the start of the Euro 2016 semi-final football match between Germany and France at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on July 7, 2016.
A France supporter cheers prior to the Euro 2016 semi-final football match between Germany and France at the Toulouse Fan Zone, on July 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Rémy GABALDAREMY GABALDA/AFP/Getty Images
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world - Ludivine Payet (1st L), wife of Dimitri Payet of France kisses her child prior to the match between Germany and France at Stade Velodrome on July 7, 2016 in Marseille, France.
A France supporter arrives for the start of the Euro 2016 semi-final football match between Germany and France at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on July 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
France supporters kiss as they wait for the start of the Euro 2016 semi-final football match between Germany and France at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on July 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
A Poland supporter looks on prior to the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Poland and Portugal at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on June 30, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
A France supporter waits for the start of the Euro 2016 semi-final football match between Germany and France at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on July 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
A Portugal fan waits for the start of the Euro 2016 semi-final football match between Portugal and Wales at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Décines-Charpieu, near Lyon, on July 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZESPHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images
A Wales supporter waits for the start of the Euro 2016 semi-final football match between Portugal and Wales at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Décines-Charpies, near Lyon, on July 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A Portugal supporter before the UEFA Euro 2016, semi-final match at the Stade de Lyon, Lyon. PA
Portugal supporters before the UEFA Euro 2016, semi-final match at the Stade de Lyon, Lyon. PA
LILLE, FRANCE - JULY 01: A Belgium supporter enjoys the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Wales and Belgium at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on July 1, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Belgium supporters wait for the start of the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Wales and Belgium at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq near Lille, on July 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
A Poland supporter gestures prior to the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Poland and Portugal at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on June 30, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOISBERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images
A Poland supporter holds a scarf prior to the Euro 2016 quarterfinal soccer match between Poland and Portugal, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Thursday, June 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A Belgium supporter waits for the start of the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Wales and Belgium at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq near Lille, on July 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 30: A Portugal supporter is seen prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Poland and Portugal at Stade Velodrome on June 30, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Wales fans ahead of watching the Wales v Belgium game at Coopers Field fanzone, Cardiff. PA
A Poland supporter looks on prior to the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Poland and Portugal at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on June 30, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULATANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal's fans pose with a flag before the Euro 2016 quarterfinal soccer match between Poland and Portugal, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Thursday, June 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
A Polish supporter cheers before the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Poland and Portugal at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on June 30, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
A Poland supporter holds a scarf prior to the Euro 2016 quarterfinal soccer match between Poland and Portugal, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Thursday, June 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A supporter of Poland looks on ahead of the Euro 2016 championship match between Poland and Portugal, in Marseille, southern France, on June 30, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Portugal supporters look on prior to the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Poland and Portugal at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on June 30, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOISBERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images
MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 30: A Poland fan shows her support prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Poland and Portugal at Stade Velodrome on June 30, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Two Portugal supporters kiss a Poland supporter ahead of the Euro 2016 championship match between Poland and Portugal, in Marseille, southern France, on June 30, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 30: A Portugal supporter is seen prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Poland and Portugal at Stade Velodrome on June 30, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
A Portugal national football team supporter waits at the Fanzone on Aliados Avenue Avenue in Porto on June 30, 2016, before the Euro 2016 football match between Portugal and Poland held at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, France. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPAMIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images
A Portugal national football team supporter waits at the Fanzone on Aliados Avenue Avenue in Porto on June 30, 2016, before the Euro 2016 football match between Portugal and Poland held at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, France. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPAMIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal supporters react ahead of the Euro 2016 championship match between Poland and Portugal, in Marseille, southern France, on June 30, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENETJEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/Getty Images
Iceland fans pose for photographs on their way to the stadium prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
A Portuguese supporter cheers before the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Poland and Portugal at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on June 30, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONGFRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images
MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 30: A Poland supporter enjoys the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Poland and Portugal at Stade Velodrome on June 30, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Iceland fans show their support prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Iceland fans show their support prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world - Argentina fans pose prior to a 2016 Copa America Centenario Semifinal match between Argentina and the United States at NRG Stadium on June 21, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Italy fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 22, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Ireland supporters show their support prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 22, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 22: A Sweden fan enjoys the build up to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Sweden and Belgium at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 22, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
LILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 22: Italy fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 22, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Austria fans wait for the start of the Euro 2016 group F football match between Iceland and Austria at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris on June 22, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
Albania fans react as they sit in the fan zone of Tirana during the Euro 2016 match between Albania and Romania on July 19 2016. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGERSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images
Switzerland fans wait for the start of the Euro 2016 group A football match between Switzerland and France at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Lille on June 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS LO PRESTIFRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP/Getty Images
A supporter smiles prior to the Euro 2016 group A football match between Switzerland and France at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Lille on June 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDKENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images
Albania supporters are pictured ahead the Euro 2016 group A football match between Romania and Albania at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Lyon on June 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZESPHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 18: Austria fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group F match between Portugal and Austria at Parc des Princes on June 18, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
A Portugal supporter cheers prior to the Euro 2016 group F football match between Portugal and Austria at the Parc des Princes in Paris on June 18, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Poland supporters kiss on the stands while waiting for the start of the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Germany and Poland at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Thursday, June 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Republic of Ireland fans watch the Euro 2016 match between Republic of Ireland and Belgium at The Living Room bar in Dublin City Centre. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 18, 2016. See PA story SPORT Euro 2016 Dublin. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Republic of Ireland fans watch the Euro 2016 match between Republic of Ireland and Belgium at The Living Room bar in Dublin City Centre.
A Turkish fan cheers for her national team prior the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Spain and Turkey at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
An Albania supporter is pictured ahead the Euro 2016 group A football match between Romania and Albania at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Lyon on June 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZESPHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images
Russian supporters wait for the start of the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match between Russia and Slovakia at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve dAscq, near Lille, France, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
A Russian supporter waits for the start of the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match between Russia and Slovakia at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve dAscq, near Lille, France, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
A Swiss fan waits for the start of the Euro 2016 Group A soccer match between Romania and Switzerland at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
A Sweden fan in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
An Austria team's fan smiles prior to the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Portugal and Austria at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, June 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
A Belgium fan in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Republic. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
A Poland team's supporter waits for the start of the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Germany and Poland at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Thursday, June 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Ukraine fans wear fancy dress and face pain in support of their team during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
A Polish supporter blows a kiss prior to the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Germany and Poland at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Thursday, June 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Italy supporters dressed as Roman soldiers cheer on the stands prior to the Euro 2016 Group E soccer match between Italy and Sweden at the Stadium municipal in Toulouse, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Swedish supporters, their faces painted in the colors of the national flag, cheer as they wait for the start of the Euro 2016 Group E soccer match between Italy and Sweden at the Stadium municipal in Toulouse, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A Polish supporter holds a scarf as she waits for the start of the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Germany and Poland at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Thursday, June 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A supporter of Poland smiles on the stands before the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Germany and Poland at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Thursday, June 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Croatia team's fans cheer prior to the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
A Croatia's team fan holds his head during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world. Poland's fans pose within the Euro 2016 group C football match between Poland and Northern Ireland on June 12, 2016 in the fan zone at the bottom of the Eiffel tower in Paris, during the UEFA Euro 2016 football championship.
A Russia supporter poses for photographs prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Russia at Stade Velodrome on June 11, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
A Portugal fan shouts as he wait for the start of the Euro 2016 group F football match between Portugal and Iceland at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne on June 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONGFRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 12: A fan of Poland is seen prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Poland and Northern Ireland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 12, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world. A football fan waits for the start of the Copa America Centenario football tournament match between the United States and Paraguay in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, on June 11, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERTDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world. - Supporters of Mexico wait for the start of the Copa America Centenario football tournament match against Venezuela in Houston, Texas, United States, on June 13, 2016.
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world. Iceland fans show their support prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group F match between Portugal and Iceland at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on June 14, 2016 in Saint-Etienne, France. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world. An Italy supporter cheers before the Euro 2016 group E football match between Belgium and Italy at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Lyon on June 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
SAINT-ETIENNE, FRANCE - JUNE 14: A Portugal supporter is seen prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group F match between Portugal and Iceland at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on June 14, 2016 in Saint-Etienne, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Austria's supporters are pictured ahead of the Euro 2016 group F football match between Hungary and Austria at the Matmut Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux on June 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS TUCATNICOLAS TUCAT/AFP/Getty Images
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world. A young Iceland fan shows his support prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group F match between Portugal and Iceland at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on June 14, 2016 in Saint-Etienne, France. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Belgium fans cheer before the start of the Euro 2016 group E football match between Belgium and Italy at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Lyon on June 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZESPHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images
looses her sunglasses as fans wait to enter the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne on June 14, 2016 prior to the match between Portugal and Iceland. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: A man takes selfie in front of Zinedine Zidane graffiti ahead of the UEFA Euro 2016 near Hotel de Ville on June 9, 2016 in Paris, France. The opening match of the tournament is on June 10. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A Sweden fan cheers his team before the Euro 2016 group E football match between Ireland and Sweden at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on June 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDKENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images
A woman takes selfie in front of Cristiano Ronaldo graffiti ahead of the UEFA Euro 2016 near Hotel de Ville on June 9, 2016 in Paris, France. The opening match of the tournament is on June 10. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
A Hungary fan show their support prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group F match between Austria and Hungary at Stade Matmut Atlantique on June 14, 2016 in Bordeaux, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
LILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 12: An Ukraine fan is seen prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Germany and Ukraine at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 12, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 12: A Poland fan looks on as he waits for Poland to play Northern Ireland in the group stage of the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 12, 2016 in Nice, France. Football fans from around Europe have descended on France for the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 12: An Ukraine fan is seen prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Germany and Ukraine at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 12, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
A Turkey supporter wearing glasses in the colours of the Turkish flag waits for the start of the Euro 2016 group D football match between Turkey and Croatia at Parc des Princes in Paris on June 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
LILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 12: An Ukraine fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Germany and Ukraine at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 12, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
A German supporter is pictured ahead of the Euro 2016 group C football match between Germany and Ukraine at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Villeneuve-d'Ascq near Lille on June 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 12: Poland fans enjoy the atmosphere outside the stadium prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Poland and Northern Ireland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 12, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 11: England fans wear red and white makeup flags on their faces ahead of the game against Russia later today on June 11, 2016 in Marseille, France. Football fans from around Europe have descended on France for the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 12: An Ukraine fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Germany and Ukraine at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 12, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JUNE 13: A Belgium fan enjoy the atmosphere prior to kickoff during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Belgium and Italy at Stade des Lumieres on June 13, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
A Sweden supporter enjoys the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Republic of Ireland and Sweden at Stade de France on June 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 13: A Sweden supporter enjoys the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Republic of Ireland and Sweden at Stade de France on June 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 12: Germany fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Germany and Ukraine at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 12, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 11: A Russia supporter poses for photographs prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Russia at Stade Velodrome on June 11, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 12: An Ukraine fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Germany and Ukraine at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 12, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 12: An Ukraine fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Germany and Ukraine at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 12, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 12: Poland fans enjoy the atmosphere outside the stadium prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Poland and Northern Ireland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 12, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Young Spain supporters cheer for their team ahead the Euro 2016 group D football match between Spain and Czech Republic at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse on June 13, 2016.
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world - As Euro 2016 fever spreads across the continent we cast an eye over the world of colour, passion and pride, the joy and the heartbreak that the beautiful game stirs across the globe
A young Slovakia fan receives a kiss from her mother in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux.
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world. Football fans wait for the start of the Copa America Centenario football tournament match between the United States and Paraguay in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, on June 11, 2016.
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world - Turkey fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D match between Turkey and Croatia at Parc des Princes on June 12, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world - As Euro 2016 fever spreads across the continent we cast an eye over the world of colour, passion and pride, the joy and the heartbreak that the beautiful game stirs across the globe
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world - A Ukraine fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Germany and Ukraine at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 12, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world - A German supporter smiles while following the match during a public viewing for the first Euro 2016 match of the German national football team against Ukraine in front of the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin, Germany, on June 12, 2016.
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world - As Euro 2016 fever spreads across the continent we cast an eye over the world of colour, passion and pride, the joy and the heartbreak that the beautiful game stirs across the globe
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world - A Turkey supporter with a painted face shouts as fans wait for the start of the Euro 2016 group D football match between Turkey and Croatia at Parc des Princes in Paris on June 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
An Albania supporter enjoys the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group A match between Albania and Switzerland at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 11, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
An Albania supporter cheers for his team before the Euro 2016 group A football match between Albania and Switzerland at the Bollaert-Delelis Stadium in Lens on June 11, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
France's defender Bacary Sagna's wife Ludivine Sagna is pictured prior to the Euro 2016 group A football match between France and Romania at Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on June 10, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
A France supporter reacts during the Euro 2016 group A football match between France and Romania at the fan zone near the Eiffel tower in Paris on June 10, 2016. AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARDALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 11: An Albania enjoys the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group A match between Albania and Switzerland at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 11, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
An Albania supporter cheers for her team before the Euro 2016 group A football match between Albania and Switzerland at the Bollaert-Delelis Stadium in Lens on June 11, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
France supporters watch the Euro 2016 football championship at the Marseille's fan zone, southern France, on June 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOISBERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images
A French supporter is seen prior to the UEFA Euro 2016 Group A match between France and Romania at Stade de France on June 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
A man and a woman supporting France kiss prior to the Euro 2016 group A football match between France and Romania at Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on June 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
A France supporter is pictures ahead of the Euro 2016 group A football match between France and Romania at Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on June 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
A French supporter smiles with a mask representing Antoine Griezmann inside the fanzone ahead of the first football matches of the Euro 2016 football tournament on June 10, 2016 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARDALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 10: A french supporter enjoys the atmosphere prior to the stadium prior to kickoff during the UEFA Euro 2016 Group A match between France and Romania at Stade de France on June 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 10: French supporters enjoy the atmosphere prior to the UEFA Euro 2016 Group A match between France and Romania at Stade de France on June 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 10: A French supporter is seen prior to the UEFA Euro 2016 Group A match between France and Romania at Stade de France on June 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 10: A French supporter is seen prior to the UEFA Euro 2016 Group A match between France and Romania at Stade de France on June 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
France supporters smile prior to the Euro 2016 group A football match between France and Romania at Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on June 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
France supporters smile prior to the Euro 2016 group A football match between France and Romania at Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on June 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 10: A french supporter enjoys the atmosphere prior to the stadium prior to kickoff during the UEFA Euro 2016 Group A match between France and Romania at Stade de France on June 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
A Portugal supporter wears a Ronaldo mask before the group G World Cup soccer match between Portugal and Ghana at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world - As Euro 2016 fever spreads across the continent we cast an eye over the world of colour, passion and pride, the joy and the heartbreak that the beautiful game stirs across the globe
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world - As Euro 2016 fever spreads across the continent we cast an eye over the world of colour, passion and pride, the joy and the heartbreak that the beautiful game stirs across the globe
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world - As Euro 2016 fever spreads across the continent we cast an eye over the world of colour, passion and pride, the joy and the heartbreak that the beautiful game stirs across the globe
As Euro 2016 fever spreads across the continent we cast an eye over the world of colour, passion and pride, the joy and the heartbreak that the beautiful game stirs across the globe
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world - A Costa Rica supporter cheers before the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Costa Rica and Greece at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Sunday, June 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world. Fans pictures from the 2014 Brazil World Cup.
The beautiful game - football fans from around the world. Fans pictures from the 2014 Brazil World Cup.
Sunday Life News Fans pictures from the 2014 brazil World Cup.
Sunday Life News Fans pictures from the 2014 brazil World Cup.
An Algerian supporter waits for the start of the group H World Cup soccer match between Algeria and Russia at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Sunday Life News Fans pictures from the 2014 brazil World Cup.
Sunday Life News Fans pictures from the 2014 brazil World Cup.
Sunday Life News Fans pictures from the 2014 brazil World Cup.
Sunday Life News Fans pictures from the 2014 brazil World Cup.
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: Fan cheer after hearing the news that Team USA will advance to the next round of the World Cup after watching the US v Germany World Cup match in Dupont Circle park June 26, 2014 in Washington, United States. The German Embassy in the United States provided two large-screen televisions for fans of both teams to watch the last game of the 'Group of Death' match. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 26: Maria Pena watches USA play Germany in a World Cup soccer match on one of two large screens placed for fans in Grant Park on June 26, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Organizers expected as many as 20,000 people to watch the game in the park. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
French supporters kiss before the group E World Cup soccer match between Ecuador and France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 26: A fan of the United States looks on in the rain during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil group G match between the United States and Germany at Arena Pernambuco on June 26, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
CURITIBA, BRAZIL - JUNE 26: A Russia fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match between Algeria and Russia at Arena da Baixada on June 26, 2014 in Curitiba, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Fans pose during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Honduras and Switzerland at Arena Amazonia on June 25, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 26: A Belgium fan cheers during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match between South Korea and Belgium at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 26, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 23: A Mexico fan poses during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Croatia and Mexico at Arena Pernambuco on June 23, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 25: A Honduras fan shows her support prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Honduras and Switzerland at Arena Amazonia on June 25, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
A Portugal supporter dances in the stands before the group G World Cup soccer match between the United States and Portugal at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
CUIABA, BRAZIL - JUNE 24: Colombia fans pose for a photo during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Japan and Colombia at Arena Pantanal on June 24, 2014 in Cuiaba, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
CUIABA, BRAZIL - JUNE 24: Colombia fans cheer during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Japan and Colombia at Arena Pantanal on June 24, 2014 in Cuiaba, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
Fans of the Colombia team smile posing for the photographer before the group C World Cup soccer match between Japan and Colombia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
CURITIBA, BRAZIL - JUNE 23: A fan looks on prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Spain at Arena da Baixada on June 23, 2014 in Curitiba, Brazil. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 20: French soccer team fans watch their team play against the Switzerland team as they watch on the screen setup at the Word Cup FIFA Fan Fest during on Copacabana beach June 20, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Italy lost 1-0. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: A fan of the Netherlands enjoys the atmosphere prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
CUIABA, BRAZIL - JUNE 17: A fan looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match between Russia and South Korea at Arena Pantanal on June 17, 2014 in Cuiaba, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 17: Fans of the Brazilian football team arrive to watch a match on a giant screen in the 'Fan Fest' area in Porta Negro on June 17, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil. Brazil, the host nation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, are due to play their second group match against Mexico in Fortaleza today. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Germany fans celebrate during a public viewing at Heiligengeistfeld watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup match between Germany and Portugal on June 16, 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Portugal fans look on prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Fans arrive for the Group G match between Germany and Portugal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Felipe Oliveira/ FIFA via Getty Images)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 15: A Honduras fan looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between France and Honduras at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 15, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
A Colombian supporter celebrates after Teofilo Gutierrez scored his side's second goal during the group C World Cup soccer match between Colombia and Greece at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JUNE 14: A Colombia fan holds a flag prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Greece at Estadio Mineirao on June 14, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Belgian Fanny Neguesha, Mario Balotelli's girlfriend, attends at the group D World Cup soccer match between England and Italy at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
CUIABA, BRAZIL - JUNE 13: An Australia fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Chile and Australia at Arena Pantanal on June 13, 2014 in Cuiaba, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
A Greek supporter waits for the start of the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Costa Rica and Greece at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Sunday, June 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Ecuador fans cheer outside of Maracana Stadium before the group E World Cup soccer match between Ecuador and France in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 23: Netherland soccer fans react as their team scores their second goal against Chile as they watch on a screen setup at the FIFA Fan Fest on Copacabana beach June 23, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Netherlands won the match 2-0. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 23: Chile fans kiss prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between the Netherlands and Chile at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 23, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
An Argentina fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Argentina and Iran at Estadio Mineirao on June 21, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
A Spain fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Chile
SALVADOR, BAHIA , BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Fans arrive for the Group E match between Switzerland and France during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Arena Fonte Nova on June 20, 2014 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Felipe Oliveira / Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BAHIA , BRAZIL - JUNE 20: Fans arrive for the Group E match between Switzerland and France during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Arena Fonte Nova on June 20, 2014 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Felipe Oliveira / Getty Images)
An England fan wearing face paint before the game during the Group D match in the Estadio do Sao Paulo, Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: A Chile fan enjoys the atmosphere during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Chile at Maracana on June 18, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 29: A Greece fan poses prior to during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Costa Rica and Greece at Arena Pernambuco on June 29, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 29: Fans of the Netherlands enjoy the atmosphere prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Netherlands and Mexico at Castelao on June 29, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 25: A Honduras fan shows hher support prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Honduras and Switzerland at Arena Amazonia on June 25, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: A Spain fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Chile at Maracana on June 18, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: A fan of the the United States poses during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 17: A Brazil fan poses before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 17, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BAHIA , BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Fans arrive for the Group G match between Germany and Portugal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Felipe Oliveira/ FIFA via Getty Images)
CURITIBA, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: An Iran fan shows support prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Iran and Nigeria at Arena da Baixada on June 16, 2014 in Curitiba, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 15: Argentina fans cheer prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Maracana on June 15, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

And with the mighty Harland & Wolff shipyard cranes providing a towering backdrop many quickly realised it would be a David v Goliath tussle against the Poles. However, they came from places like Killyleagh - for ever associated with Northern Ireland legend David Healy - and dared to dream.

When the match started, cheers went up every time the Poles were thwarted. And Northern Ireland were still in it at half-time with the score still nil-all.

But hope evaporated a few minutes into the second when Poland took the lead.

"I hope it can be turned around," said Ian Dawson (35) from Portadown as the fightback started. Northern Ireland's first corner in the 66th minute was greeted like a tournament win. Although it came to nothing fans could be heard urging each other to keep the faith.

Chances near the end for Conor Washington and Kyle Lafferty brought huge cheers and when it ended in a 1-0 defeat the despondent fans soon launched into their rendition of the Monty Python classic, Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.

Billy Arthurs (64), from Ballysillan in Belfast, said despite the defeat he had enjoyed his day out and felt they deserved a draw.

His daughter Deby (37) said it had been nerve-wracking but they hope to be back at the fanzone for the Ukraine game.

Grace McNeill (56), from Co Antrim summed up the mood.

"We didn't get the result we wanted but we had a great day. We'll be back again next week," she said.

Belfast Telegraph

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