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Monday, July 2, 2012
Euro 2012: Italy & others feel pain of defeat

By Patrick Dorsey

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 Balotelli
After a breakout Euro, Mario Balotelli broke down following Italy's 4-0 loss to Spain in the final.
Wesley Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder, after the Netherlands lost to Germany. Holland ended up with 0 group points.
Poland Fans
Fans of co-host Poland, after a loss to Czech Republic sent them out before the knockout stage.
Nicklas Bendter
Nicklas Bendtner, after Denmark fell short of the knockout stage with a loss to Germany.
Ukraine Fan
A Ukraine fan, after the other co-host nation fell short with a loss to England.
Robbie Keane
Ireland's Robbie Keane, during one of his club's three losses at Euro 2012 (this one against Spain).
Spain
Croatia, too, felt the pain against Spain after a third-match loss that send the country home.
Christian Wilhelmsson
Christian Wilhelmsson and teammates, during Sweden's critical group stage loss to England.
Arshavin
Andrei Arshavin, during Russia's shock loss to Greece that sent Arshavin's team crashing out.
Petr Cech
Peter Cech, after Czech Republic's close-but-not-quite quarterfinal loss to Portugal.
Nikos Liberopoulos
Nikos Liberopoulos, after an emotional quarterfinal loss to Germany.
Samir Nasri
Samir Nasri, whose French team fell short against defending Euro and World Cup champion Spain.
England
Steven Gerrard and his England teammates, whose fate was sealed in penalties vs. Italy.
Philipp Lahm
Philipp Lahm, whose Germany team also crashed out against Italy in the semifinals.
Christiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo.
Andrea Pirlo
... but again, the biggest pain was felt by Andrea Pirlo and the other Italians who came so close.