The picture on today's front pages of The Times and The Independent of Luis Suarez consoling Steven Gerrard at the end of the World Cup match summed up the game's emotional drama.
The Liverpool player who had destroyed England's World Cup dreams with two goals was reaching out to a Liverpool player for whom the result was a nightmare. It was such a good photograph it was surprising others didn't leap on it too.
Among those who ran front page stories, the headlines and copy told a story that sounded as if writers and sub-editors had worked while sobbing.
Over a picture of Wayne Rooney wiping his eyes, the Metro headline said "On their Wayne home." The Daily Telegraph, harking back to that famous Kenneth Wolstenholme commentary in 1966, said: "Fans think it's all over as Uruguay triumph".
There were several references to the incident in 2013 when Suarez was banned for 10 games after biting an opposing player.
So The Guardian went with "All bite on the night" and the Indy chose "Luis Suarez (of course) takes a huge bite out of England's hopes." The Sun's back page, using the Suarez-Gerrard picture, said: "It had to be chew" while Mirror sport used "Kicked in the teeth" and The Times's supplement chose "Twice bitten".
An inside headline in the Telegraph was based on a (slightly amended) quote from a fan: "'There's always one who comes back to bite us'".
The Daily Star, by contrast, looked to the future with "We need miracle now."
Some newspaper editors didn't even think the story worth more than a page 1 cross-reference. The Daily Mirror splashed instead on Rik Mayall's funeral. The Daily Mail preferred to lead with one of its typical cancer alarms, carrying only a picture of Wayne Rooney's wife. And the Daily Express, claiming "carrots can fight cancer", ran a picture of grief-stricken fans.
Inside, two of them ran spreads. "Gnash & grab", said the Mirror (more biting). "End of the World... nearly", said the Mail. And the Express's single page was headlined "Now England's fate is in the hands of the gods."
But The Sun, being The Sun, was counter-intuitive and ironic. Its front page carried the headline "We're through!" But it was necessary to read the strapline, based on an imaginary conversation between Rooney's wife, Coleen, and her four-year-old son, Kai:
"Don't cry, Kai. If Italy beat Costa Rica today... then Suarez & Co lose to Italy.. and Daddy scores a couple (or maybe more) against Costa Rica..."
The sports pages were much more realistic, summed up by The Guardian's "Doomed" and the sadly predictable questioning of the fate of the manager, Roy Hodgson. "Nice bloke.. but Roy has to go after this", said a Mail headline. The Telegraph's sports section led with "Hodgson: I will not quit".