Just as the sun sets on Battersea Park the dream for England is over.
England fans who’ve been glued to the big screen for 90 minutes file, under a cloud of disappointment minutes file home, swigging the last of their beers.
It’s been quite a night.
There was the occasional American on England shirt, men in suits, well-behaved dogs, and women with St George’s flags painted on their faces.
Only five people got to their feet, arms aloft, cheering on their countrywomen When Christen Press scored the opening goal.
England fans could be seen seated on their picnic rugs and deckchairs- a drink and a glimpse across at a friend.
The crowd on their feet – screaming, cheering and hugging one another, when Ellen White fired in England’s first.
The atmosphere was filled with anticipation and hope, was a reminder of last summer’s men’s World Cup for many.
A student from Essex, Ben Bezuidenhout, has been enjoying England’s success as he is wrapped in his England flag recycled from last year.
He said “The men scrape through on penalties but the women are smashing it,”
A 24-year-old researcher from Lincoln, Alice Delaney, agrees to this.
“When you watch the men play, you expect them to lose. When the women play you feel nervous because you know they could win.”
“It’s probably because we’ve been going on about it so much,” she jokes. There was a bigger take-up in Alice’s work sweepstake for this World Cup than for last year’s.
Though people are concerned about whether World Cup fever really has gripped the country.
Another UCL student, Juliet Coutts, is not convinced. She said. “It feels like it’s been whipped up by the media,”
News of England’s success had made a welcome break from all the political stories, Mr. Bezuidenhoit said, and the “B-word” that’s dominated news headlines for so long.
Connor Netter, 20, an internship from Los Angeles, felt confident; When the US’s Alex Morgan clinches another.
Grinning from ear to ear “I like our chances,” he says
He’s got caught up in the fans’ passion for the game. Back home, he’s more into American football and basketball – and definitely not men’s football.
He also added that “Men in the US are so bad. The women’s teams are killing the men in terms of support,”
“There’s a lot of interest in the women’s game back home – people are definitely respecting the game more and there’s a real hype.”
There was a smattering of applause when the final whistle was blown
The team will take on the Netherlands in less than 24 hours for a place to play the US in the final on Sunday, “Come on, Sweden,” shouts one lone voice.
From Ohio State University, Mr. Netter and his friends were very happy.