Or the header in stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes when the score was 1-1 and a goal would likely have brought England back to Moscow for the final against France.
Millions tuned into the eagerly-anticipated match, with sorrowful scenes up and down the country after days of singing "It's coming home". The royal bands of Buckingham Palace recently performed the rendition of the song, which has left United Kingdom obsessed ever since the World Cup campaign.
"I'm sure we lacked in some areas, there are things we could've done better", Kane said.
"We are enjoying the journey", he said. "We'll be flying the flag on Saturday".
Crowds gathered in London's Hyde Park, Millennium Square in Leeds, Nottingham Castle, Birmingham's Archway outdoor cinema - and even Los Angeles.
"You deserve this moment - Football's Coming Home! W".
"It's not just my generation, it would be fantastic for the younger generation too if we won".
But a place in the World Cup final against France was not to be.
England scored their first goal within ten minutes of the first half.
Some threw drinks to the ground and stormed out of Ashton Gate Stadium, though some struck a more conciliatory tone.
It was their first engagement on the second and final day of their pre-Brexit charm offensive in Ireland, which comes less than a month after Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Emerald Isle. "And also very nice to know that he didn't bore you senseless".
"They have done so well".
The moment was indicative of the warm welcome England have received in Russian Federation at their training base near St. Petersburg as well as in the four host cities they've played in so far. We've been waiting 28 years just to get to the semi-final again. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section. Many "barriers" have been uprooted and several pieces of history are re-written, but Southgate does not want this team to stop.
"Sometimes, you have to go through hard times and failures to learn and improve", he said. "God willing, we will be world champions".
"That speaks volumes in itself".
"Everyone will obviously be upset and devastated".
"Now I've got to go. It would have meant everything to win the game and the World Cup".
"We've been with you all along and we'll be with you next time".