2nd time lucky? Italy goalkeeper Buffon avoids falling off crossbar after win
Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon was the victim of an ‘epic fail’ when his enthusiastic celebration was thwarted by a goal post.euro 2016 Updated: Jun 18, 2016 16:54 IST
Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon was the victim of an ‘epic fail’ when his enthusiastic celebration was thwarted by a goal post after the Azzuri won their Euro 2016 opener 2-0 against Belgium.
But the veteran ‘keeper vindicated himself after Italy’s last-gasp 1-0 win against Sweden on Friday which assured his team of a spot in the knockout stage of the European Championship.
As Italy emerged victorious over underdogs Belgium in their Euro opener on Monday, an ecstatic Buffon charged from the half line to the opposition net before attempting to swing off the crossbar and falling on the grass.
On Friday, though, the goalkeeper shrugged off the trolls (the online ones, of course) and swung for the post again -- this time managing to hang on successfully.
The defeated Euro 2012 finalists have kicked off their European Championship campaign on a high note by winning both their matches against Belgium and Sweden in the group stages. With one match remaining against Republic of Ireland in the group stages, Italy have already sealed their position in the last 16.
First Published: Jun 18, 2016 10:46 IST