In towns around the country, life seemed to grind to a standstill as fans flocked to pubs or headed home to watch the match.
Went out and did the food shopping today
Not a bloke in sight, roads empty, and very happy women everywhere 😂
— Emma 👑💞 | REZO (@JustCallMeCatch) July 7, 2018
Was there a match on?
I spent a heavenly couple of hours on the bike: the roads were empty!
— Valleyvisuals (@ValleyViz) July 7, 2018
Football means empty roads at rush hour. What a lovely drive home 😂
— Sabs (@sjfrldn) July 7, 2018
— andrew b (@andyb505) July 7, 2018
I found something I like about football… it’s 30 degrees and yet the roads to the coast are empty 👍🏻⚽️🏝🌞🚘 #everyonewins
— Jodee Conrad (@mrsjodeeconrad) July 7, 2018
In London, large queues started forming as early as 10am outside pubs in London Bridge and Clapham – and eager viewers were queueing for as long as five hours.
Just as well their patience was rewarded…