Simone Zaza explains his penalty gaffe for Italy at Euro 2016
Last Updated: 04/07/16 8:44pm
Simone Zaza says he will never get over his penalty miss for Italy as they were dumped out of Euro 2016 by Germany.
Germany won 6-5 on penalties to end their tournament hoodoo against Italy and Zaza was one of four Italian players to miss his spot-kick in the shootout.
The 25-year-old was specifically introduced just before the final whistle because of his good record from the penalty spot - however, he was the first player to squander his opportunity from 12 yards.
The Juventus striker received criticism for his skied effort after stuttering in his run-up and his pre-kick antics went viral on the internet.
"I have always taken my penalties like that and was convinced I'd score," Zaza told Sport Mediaset at Milan's Malpensa Airport as the Italian players arrived back in the country.
"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.
"I missed the most important penalty of my career and it'll be with me for the rest of my life."