German fans plan party long into the night
THEY were 1,200km from home and 9,000km from the action – but German fans brought the party to Dublin, where they spilled onto the streets after the nail-biting World Cup final.
They gathered at the outdoor screen beside Sinnott's Bar in Dublin city centre, where had been was standing room only for the showdown with Argentina in Rio de Janeiro.
Dressed in a milkmaid's costume, Kirsten Wendenburg from Cologne vowed to stay up partying until dawn.
"I can't believe it. It was such an intense game and I was so scared – but we won!"
Tatjana Wahl (22), from Stuttgart, had brought along 20 of her countrymen to cheer on the boys in Brazil.
And she was delighted at the response of the Irish crowd who welcomed both sets of fans to the party.
"We're not in Germany but there is great atmosphere here and there are so many people celebrating with us."
Argentinian fans were left to lick their wounds as the city's pubs seemed awash in red, black and gold.
Bar manager Brendan Withero said dedicated fans had started arriving early in the afternoon to secure a much-coveted seat for the 8pm kick-off.
He said the bar has been filled to capacity during every match during the tournament, despite Ireland not qualifying.
"But I saw a lot of Irish guys wearing German jerseys," he said.