Wednesday, June 24, 1998 Published at 00:56 GMT 01:56 UK
Tartan Army on the retreat
Fans' faces show the agony of defeat
The Tartan Army - Scotland's devoted following of football fans - are on their way home after less than a fortnight in the World Cup finals.
There was just one crumb of consolation for the Scots - the team that put them out of the finals also failed to qualify for the second round after group stablemates Norway scored a surprise win over Brazil.
Bedecked in kilts, tartan caps and blazing orange wigs (known as "See You Jimmy" hats), and sporting the blue and white flag of St Andrew on their faces, the fans have been a colourful back-drop to the contest.
Despite being a consistently strong qualifier - Scotland have reached the finals eight times - the team have never progressed further than the first round.
Both at home and in France, the mood among Scottish fans had been buoyant before the tie with Morocco.
There was hope and expectation as followers genuinely believed Scotland could finally break their World Cup jinx and progress beyond the group stage.
In St Etienne fans paraded through the streets blasting their bagpipes and bringing a carnival atmosphere to the city.
But after the 90 minutes of play - in which Scotland's midfielder Craig Burley was sent off - the optimistic revellers put the champagne on hold and set about drowning their sorrows.
The party rolled on - next stop World Cup 2002.