Euro 2012: Italy & others feel pain of defeat

July, 2, 2012
This has been updated from a previous post.

Loss. It hurts. So while one nation showed just how it feels to win, the other 15 Euro 2012 nations showed the pain of defeat.

Here's how it looked:

Mario BalotelliFilippo Monteforte/AFP/GettyImagesAfter a breakout Euro, Mario Balotelli broke down following Italy's 4-0 loss to Spain in the final.
Wesley Sneijder Julian Finney/Getty ImagesWesley Sneijder, after the Netherlands lost to Germany. Holland ended up with 0 group points.
Poland FansWojtek Radwanski/Getty ImagesFans of co-host Poland, after a loss to Czech Republic sent them out before the knockout stage.
Nicklas BendterPatrik Stollarz/GettyImagesNicklas Bendtner, after Denmark fell short of the knockout stage with a loss to Germany.
Ukraine FanScott Heavey/Getty ImagesA Ukraine fan, after the other co-host nation fell short with a loss to England.
Robbie Keane GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/GettyImagesIreland's Robbie Keane, during one of his club's three losses at Euro 2012 (this one against Spain).
SpainAP Photo/Michael SohnCroatia, too, felt the pain against Spain after a third-match loss that send the country home.
Christian WilhelmssonScott Heavey/Getty ImagesChristian Wilhelmsson and teammates, during Sweden's critical group stage loss to England.
ArshavinShaun Botterill/Getty ImagesAndrei Arshavin, during Russia's shock loss to Greece that sent Arshavin's team crashing out.
Petr CechBoris Streubel/Getty ImagesPeter Cech, after Czech Republic's close-but-not-quite quarterfinal loss to Portugal.
Nikos LiberopoulosAris Messinis/Getty ImagesNikos Liberopoulos, after an emotional quarterfinal loss to Germany.
Samir Nasri Laurence Griffiths/Getty ImagesSamir Nasri, whose French team fell short against defending Euro and World Cup champion Spain.
EnglandAlex Livesey/Getty ImagesSteven Gerrard and his England teammates, whose fate was sealed in penalties vs. Italy.
Philipp LahmThomas BohlenPhilipp Lahm, whose Germany team also crashed out against Italy in the semifinals.
Christiano RonaldoFranck Fife/AFP/GettyImagesRonaldo.
Andrea PirloGabriel Bouys/GettyImages... but again, the biggest pain was felt by Andrea Pirlo and the other Italians who came so close.
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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