It was 12 years in the making. It came and went in the space of 28 days, taking with it the crowds, the raucous chanting on the streets, and all the buzz.

On the morning after, Qatar woke up to the realisation that the World Cup was over. The Qatar World Cup came to a spectacular end on Sunday.

The alleys of the popular Souq Waqif in the capital, Doha, were a mere shadow of themselves that were filled with Brazilians, Argentinians, Moroccans and fans of dozens of other participating nations.

Qatar was expected to receive more than 1.2 million visitors during the tournament. While the exact figures are yet to be announced, it was a huge number for a population of 2.7 million.

Elsewhere, across Doha, workers were seen taking down World Cup branding and flags and removing barriers enacted around the metro stations. Qatar is officially in anti-climax mode.

Inside the stations, the crowds were visibly less, with no sense of urgency for people to rush, push or shove their way through in a desperate attempt to make it to one of 64 matches

However, some residents looked like they were still not over the World Cup mania as they walked around with families in the Argentina team’s white and blue jerseys, scarves and hats.