Joe Allen and Wales were beaten 2-0 by Portugal tonight in the semi-finals of Euro 2016.
Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani at the start of the second half were the difference, with Allen and Bale unable to initiate what would have been a remarkable comeback.
Before the tournament, few had predicted that Wales would get much beyond the group – but they confounded the experts with wins over Northern Ireland and Belgium before eventually losing to Ronaldo and co.
Unsurprisingly, tributes have been flooding in from around the football world from fans of every nation.
Here are some of the best:
Reality sucks. But Wales, you’ve been fucking brilliant!
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 6, 2016
— George Dugdale (@GeorgeDugdale) July 6, 2016
Statesmanlike from Bale, fair play, really impressed with how Wales have handled themselves all tournament.
— Andy Heaton (@Andrew_Heaton) July 6, 2016
— Viktor Fagerström (@ViktorFagerLFC) July 6, 2016
— Danny Ward (@dan_ward52) July 6, 2016
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 6, 2016
— Ryan (@ryan3levis) July 6, 2016
UEFA will be pleased. Couldn’t have that lot spoiling the final with all their kids on the pitch and small tv market.
— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) July 6, 2016
— Sam Warburton (@samwarburton_) July 6, 2016
What an achievement by Chris Coleman, his boys and their fans.
Be proud Wales
— StatsAndSwearwords (@SimonBrundish) July 6, 2016