Saturday 29 April 2017

Gianluigi Buffon's gesture to Roy Keane at the final whistle proves he's the classiest man in sport

LILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 22: Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill celebrates at full-time with assistant coach Roy Keane as Gianluigi Buffon of Italy congratulates them following the UEFA Euro 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 22, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)
LILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 22: Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill celebrates at full-time with assistant coach Roy Keane as Gianluigi Buffon of Italy congratulates them following the UEFA Euro 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 22, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Ireland are through to the last 16 of Euro 2016 after a historic 1-0 win over Italy.

The Azzurri rested some of their regular players but Ireland's performance was still filled with intensity and endeavour, and they were well worth their win.

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Gianluigi Buffon must have thought so too. The legendary goalkeeper was the first person onto the pitch at the final whistle to congratulate the Irish management team.

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He grabbed both Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill in a warm embrace that seemed genuine. And why wouldn't it?

Italy's spot at the top of the group was already assured, and Buffon has been around long enough to know what a result like that means.

Still, a brilliant gesture from Buffon.

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