Die-hard sports fans were in shock this morning after braving chilly conditions to watch the Socceroos play Germany live on big screens around the country.
The Aussies were defeated 4-0 by Germany in the FIFA World Cup match in Durban, South Africa.
Coinciding with a public holiday, there were 20,000 onlookers at Sydney’s big screens at Darling Harbour. Event organisers were forced to turn away hundreds of fans after the main precinct and the nearby Tumbalong Park reached capacity at 2am. Hundreds of Australian fans staged a walkout after Germany scored its third goal.
Another 15,000 watched at Melbourne’s Birrarung Marr site. Some hotels were also granted approval to stay open for the game, while cinemas across the city hosted special 3D screenings. Fans have vowed to show their support in droves again despite the Socceroos’ loss.
Full coverage of the World Cup resumes tonight on SBS.