Italy were knocked out of the Euros, having lost on penalties to Germany on Saturday night, despite an immense effort from the Azzurri.
Following a grueling 120 minutes of action, things would have to be settled through a shootout, which turned out to be one of the best seen in recent times. The Germans failed to find the net on two occasions, while Antonio Conte’s ‘used-to-be side’ missed three opportunities to score.
There were great saves as well, with Gigi Buffon and Manuel Neuer coming to the fore, but it was Simone Zaza’s absurd penalty run-up that grabbed the headlines.
The striker was brought on at the very last, specifically for the purpose of taking a spot kick, but failed miserably, missing the target entirely.
Twitter went quite wild, jeering the Italian for his comical miss. The comparisons below are so, so similar.
Seriously though, Simone Zaza ran up that penalty like a dad approaching the dance floor at a wedding.
— Jonny Gabriel (@JonnyGabriel) July 2, 2016
Perhaps Zaza will stick to the conventional run-up next time, safe in the knowledge that even if he misses, he won’t have made the headlines as that buffoon that tried to do a Fred Flintstone!