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.

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​​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!