Belfast Telegraph

Italian striker Zaza apologises for bizarre penalty miss in shoot-out

By Staff Reporter

Simone Zaza has apologised for letting Italy fans down with his bizarre penalty miss at Euro 2016.

The Italy striker was second on the list to take a spot-kick after Germany held the Azzurri to a 1-1 quarter-final draw in Bordeaux on Saturday night.

Zaza did not worry goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the slightest, however, as he blazed the ball over the bar after indulging an unorthodox run-up which resembled intensive jogging on the spot.

While Graziano Pelle also missed his penalty, meaning Italy fell 6-5 to Germany in the shootout, Zaza has been the target of widespread ridicule on social media ever since he made his eccentric attempt.

The 25-year-old Juventus player has now asked for forgiveness from the Italian public, insisting his embarrassment will haunt him for the rest of his life.

In an Instagram post, he wrote: "Beyond apologising, I must add that I'm sorry to have disappointed all the fans who celebrated, who believed in us, and who ultimately suffered because of this team.

"I take responsibility as I always have and move forward, knowing that we've made Italy proud. I would like to thank all the people who have supported me after this incident."

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