PRAGUE: Thousands watching the Euro quarter-finals in Prague’s central square Thursday were upbeat, then anxious, and finally proud despite the Czech Republic’s 1-0 loss to Portugal that sent their team home.
“Thanks, guys,” chanted the crowd in front of the giant TV screen at the final whistle.
“I’m proud of what they’ve achieved,” said Zuzana Bicikova, a Prague student, with a flag on her face, leaving the historic Old Town Square after the game.
The typical venue for similar games lured a big crowd wearing Czech team shirts, waving flags distributed by young girls, sipping the famous Czech-made beer on the hot summer night.
“We’re going to win 2-1,” Lukas Ralek, a young man living near Prague, told AFP while sitting on the cobbled square, munching a hamburger and drinking beer with friends before the match started.
“One-nil will do,” countered Vaclav Jonak, wearing the Czech national team shirt, who brought his wife and two small children to “get a taste of the atmosphere.”
A pub near the square was packed with fans, some wearing the red shirts, others with Czech flags painted on their faces. “It’s been pretty good so far, I’m surprised to see how we put them under pressure,” said Jan Vasicek, a young man with a flag on his face.