Hyde Park World Cup semi final: fans’ joy turns to disappointment

Event attended by 50,000 optimistic fans but 2-1 win for Croatia sees England leave competition

“It’s like the Olympics again.” There was a feeling of high optimism in Hyde Park, where new fans mixed with the more established, as kick-off approached. By the time the night was over, that was replaced by silent resignation.

As Hyde Park filled up early on Wednesday evening, the Lightning Seeds had got the crowd going with a live rendition of Three Lions on the main stage. At that point, “it was coming home”.

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