Hundreds of fans gathered in Newcastle city centre to watch Italy knock England out of Euro 2012. Darkness fell over crowds at the big screen by the city's Monument, as the game went first to 30 minutes of extra time and then to a penalty shoot-out.
The Traffic Sergeant heading up an operation to crack down on the number of people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, says the consequences of such actions can be 'devastating'.
Officers from North Yorkshire Police will be out in force over the weekend to try and catch those who could be putting other people's lives at risk.
It is evident that some people are still not taking the dangers seriously.
The simple fact is that drink and drug driving kills and our officers will be out in force again this weekend to ensure that anyone putting lives at risk will be spending their weekend in custody.
Clearly people will be going out to cheer on England on Sunday night and my advice to them is if you are having a drink make sure somebody is giving you a lift home, get a taxi or catch the bus. Whatever you do don't drink and drive.
– Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer, Head of Operation
Sweden midfielder Sebastian Larsson says he expects to face an "organised' England side in their Euro 2012 match tonight.
The Sunderland winger is set to start for his country as they take on Roy Hodgson's side in Group D in Kiev, Ukraine.
Speaking ahead of the game, the 27-year-old said: "We expect a very tough game first of all. You're never going to have an easy game when you come up against and England team, who we expect to be very organised. As they have been for a very long time, especially since Roy took over."
Sweden coach Erik Hamren was also full of praise for Roy Hodgson. The England boss started his managerial career in Sweden with Halmstad, before going on to coach Oddevold, Örebro, and Malmö FF. He said: "He's a big name in Sweden and we'll never forget him for what he's done for Swedish football."
Former Sunderland loanee Nicklas Bendtner could be punished by UEFA after the striker dropped his shorts to reveal a sponsored pair of underwear in Denmark's Euro 2012 defeat to Portugal.
The 24-year-old scored both his country's goals as Denmark lost 3-2 in Wednesday's match. But after scoring his second, Bendtner lowered his shorts to reveal some Paddy Power branded underwear.
UEFA has now confirmed it plans to take disciplinary action against the forward. A UEFA statement read:
"UEFA has today announced that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Denmark's Nicklas Bendtner for improper conduct (Law 4 of the Laws of the Game) at the UEFA EURO 2012 Group B match against Portugal in Lviv on Wednesday 13 June.
"The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body will deal with this case on Monday."
– UEFA statement
However, Bendtner claimed he had no idea he had broken any rules. He said:
"It is just a pair of lucky boxer shorts that I used in the first game as well and have used before the tournament.
"I didn't know I was breaking any rules but I am aware of that now."
– Nicklas Bendtner, Denmark and Arsenal FC Striker
Euro 2012 fever arrived in Newcastle City Centre this evening. Hundreds of football fans turned out to watch ITV's coverage of England's opening match against France on the big screen and not all of them were supporting the three lions.
Both sets of supporters had something to cheer as the game finished in a 1-1 draw.