Turkey had once again shown up the critics; whatever the world might say, it had held its own against a polished Brazilian side.
The flags came out again, the music cranked up, the dancing started and with it the chants of "Turkiye, Turkiye".
An unseasonable rain brought steam off the hot pavement but the crowds could not have cared less.
But maybe the rain was a portent.
There was no initial despair when Ronaldo's goal went in. Turks have a lot of faith, and as their team came ever closer to the goal mouth it looked like that faith might be rewarded.
But it was not to be, and the crowd was winding down even before the match finished.
When the final whistle went, there were mixed feelings.
"Brazil deserved to win this match, coach Senol Gunes deserves criticism," said one fan.
"I feel more angry than sad," said another.
"What a tragedy."
Yet another was more positive: "Of course we are happy that we played the semi-finals. It shows the kind of level Turkish football has reached."
'Almost a dream'
Under a thick, grey sky, the crowd began to party, a sound system belting out music and a compere urging people gathered in the square to take part.
But - no surprise, really - it was a muted affair.
The thousands who watched the game in the surrounding streets have now melted away.
The traffic, closed off from the square on Saturday, is now circulating around it.
For many Turks, this World Cup has seemed like a dream, a wildly patriotic and football-mad country making almost unbelievable progress.
And now perhaps comes the test for the country: Will they turn on their team, berating it for its failures as they have done so often before, or will they remember how far they got, and how close they came?