For Italian soccer fans in Hamilton, Tuesday's, lunch turned sour as the Azzurri lost 1-0 to Uruguay , and failed to to advance out of Group D to the next round of the World Cup. Uruguay and Costa Rica move on.
Both teams entered the game with 2-1 records but while Uruguay needed a win to advance to the knockout stage, Italy just needed a tie.
"Hey you know what," said Regina Social Club president Vince Spoleti at halftime, "We're used to a surprise. We're happy with any result."
That surprise came at the head of Diego Godín in the 81st minute off a corner. It was the only goal Uruguay would need to seal their ticket to the next round, leaving the chats of "Italia! Italia!" falling on deaf ears on James St. N.
Earlier at LAVO Lounge, Mick Palladino made sure his two sons, two nephews and a friend had a chance to see the game.
"It's a national holiday," Palladino said in a red Italian jersey.
There won't be many more holidays, and the streets of James North may be a bit empty for the next round. Portugal needs a win and a lot of help, while Italy, England, and Spain have all been eliminated from the World Cup in Brazil, all failing to make the knockout stage.
The game will undoubedtly be remembered for the apparent bite from Uruguay's Luis Suarez on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.
The best angle of Suarez bite https://t.co/zFoxkvuobW— Footy Jokes (@Footy_Jokes) June 24, 2014
Twitter was quick to pull out past Suarez biting incidents, as well as poking a bit of fun at his expense.
I'm really not sure which one is scarier at this point. pic.twitter.com/qlyLApf32i— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) June 24, 2014
There are some, however, who look on the brighter side of life, even after a loss.
Italy lost. My celebratory espresso has now become an conciliatory espresso, but I'm going to be ok.— Tweeting Dad (@TweetingDadGuy) June 20, 2014