Swiss tears in wake of World Cup exit
The night passed off with an eerie silence in Geneva as fans bedecked in red and white quietly headed home.india Updated: Jun 27, 2006 18:49 IST
Swiss dreams of World Cup glory turned to tears on the morning after Switzerland's second round exit from Germany in a penalty shoot-out against Ukraine.
"In the end, only tears of bitterness remain," the daily Basler Zeitung commented mournfully on Tuesday. "The Swiss World Cup dream is shattered," wrote the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper.
Instead of the expected concert of horns, cowbells and noisy street celebrations, the night passed off with an eerie silence in Geneva as fans bedecked in red and white quietly headed home.
"We cracked at the wrong moment," said the Tribune de Geneve, after three Swiss players missed their penalties in the decisive shootout at the end of a dour 120 minute battle with Ukraine.
Following Switzerland's 390 minute run at the World Cup without taking a goal, the disappointment was tinged with hope for what the young squad could achieve at Euro 2008.
Switzerland will host the tournament jointly with Austria in two years time and qualifies automatically.
"Let's celebrate, this team can do a lot more!" bellowed the tabloid Blick, with rose-tinted spectacles.