Greek fans voiced disappointment after losing to Germany in the quarter final clash but said they were still proud of their team and defiant against German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The cafes in the Thissio neighbourhood near the Acropolis buzzed with anticipation ahead of the hotly anticipated game against debt-mired Greece's paymaster and fell silent when Germany scored a first-half goal in Gdansk.
"Greece ole ole! We'll never stop singing Greece ole ole!" they chanted."
There was loud booing every time Merkel, who was attending the match, appeared on the screen and some of the fans held up their open palms -- an insult in Greece where the gesture is seen as a way of casting a curse.
Fans of the Greek national football team watch the EURO 2012 quarterfinal football match between Germany and Greece in a cafe in central Athens on June 22, 2012. Germany won 4-2 in Gdansk, Poland and qualified for the semi-final. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO