​Italy striker Simone Zaza has become the most recent butt of jokes in the football world, following his comical spot kick against Germany on Saturday.

Zaza replaced Giorgio Chiellini mere seconds before the end of extra time, for the sole purpose of participating in the penalty shootout, but failed to hit the mark – and in the most epic of ways.

He ran up to the penalty spot like a confused duck, and after about a minute of trying to get to the ball, rocketed it into orbit.

Check it out in the video below.

​​The shamed Italian has since attempted to clear things up

“I have always taken my penalties like that and was convinced I’d score,” he insisted, via ​Football Italia (H/T Mediaset Premium).

“I did send Manuel Neuer the wrong way, but unfortunately the ball went too high. It will be difficult, but I want to get over it. I want the Italians to know that we gave everything.

“I missed the most important penalty of my career and it’ll be with me for the rest of my life.”

A lot of good that’ll do…