Tuesday 20 March 2018

WATCH: Gianluigi Buffon suffers epic celebration fail following Italian victory

Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon celebrates. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon celebrates. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

This slip-up certainly won't take from a fabulous Italian performance but may dent Gianluigi Buffon's reputation as the coolest netminder on the planet.

Spectacular strikes from Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle sank a disappointing Belgian side and proved Italy mean business in France.

Giaccherini has hardly set the world alight in three years at Sunderland - and spent last season on loan at Serie A Bologna - but he ignited Italy's bid for European glory.

In the 32nd minute the winger dispatched a sublime ball over the top from Leonardo Bonucci, controlling the ball with his left foot before clinically beating Thibaut Courtois with his right.

Southampton striker Pelle added a second in stoppage time with a well-taken volley from Antonio Candreva's cross.

Buffon was swept up in the euphoria of the win after the final whistle and sprinted the length of the field to celebrate with his fans but it didn't go so well.

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