Italy forward Simone Zaza will not forget his disastrous penalty miss in the Euro 2016. As the Azzurri crashed out against Germany in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
The Juventus man was brought on in the closing seconds of extra time, so he could take part in the shootout. Unfortunately, he sent his effort over the crossbar after a staggered run, that has been ridiculed.
Italy lost the shootout 6-5 to Germany. And while Zaza points out he sent Neuer the wrong way, he will not be forgetting the miss anytime soon.
Speaking to Mediaset as Italy were greeted by supporters at Malpensa airport in Milan, Zaza said: “I missed the most important penalty of my career and it will be with me for the rest of my life. I’m sorry to have disappointed Italians.
“I have always taken my penalties like that and was convinced I would score. 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.
“The fans realised we did all we could and I am happy with the welcome we have had – I knew they would understand. It is a shame about the penalties as we were doing something extraordinary.”
Following the clash in Bordeaux, Germany face a semi-final against hosts France in Marseille on Thursday, while Italy begin a new era under Giampiero Ventura after Antonio Conte’s departure for Chelsea.