Soon after Spain scored its second goal of the European Championship final, dejected Italians started streaming out of the Circus Maximus, knowing Italy didn't have a chance. By the time the fourth goal went in, it was more like an exodus.
In between, Thiago Motta was carried off on a stretcher with an injury, leaving Italy with 10 men.
That was when Alessandro Ciron, a 21-year-old economics student, knew it was all over.
"We had been optimistic," he said as he and his friends left the field set up with giant TV screens where Roman gladiators once fought and headed to a bar for a late night sandwich. "We didn't think we'd lose 4-0."
Many fans simply conceded Spain was the better team. "They were stronger," said Lorenzo Del Coiro, a 21-year-old wearing an Azzurri T-shirt and his face painted in the colors of the Italian flag.