Paul Pogba was glad to qualify for the semifinals. But is sad Italy goalie, Gigi Buffon could not share in the happiness.
The Juventus midfielder has not been all that impressive at the Euros. But he latched on to Griezmann’s corner, to head in the second goal of the 5-2 thumping of Iceland.
The win sets up a match against Germany in the semifinals on Thursday. After the world champions beat Italy on penalties to make it through.
That agonising setback prompted full-time tears from the Azzurri’s veteran goalkeeper Buffon and Pogba found it a tough spectacle to watch.
“I am very happy to be in the semi-final, I cannot moan. I am so happy for this,” the midfielder said. “A semi-final is a semi-final, Italy and Germany are equally tough.
“But to see Gigi crying made me feel very bad sitting in front of the television.
“He is a great goalkeeper, he gave his best and so did the team. They produced a very good performance, but this is football.”
Fellow Juventus players Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci also starred in defence for Italy, with Bonucci equalising from the spot against Germany in Bordeaux before agonisingly missing during the shoot-out.
“They have had a fantastic Euros, nobody expected such a great Italian team,” Pogba added. “I’m not happy with what happened for them. I am truly a player who plays with them so I am proud when they play well.”