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Italian Captain Accused Of Mind Games Before Penalty Shoot-Out Win Over Spain

by : Daniel Richardson on : 07 Jul 2021 09:54
Italian Captain Accused Of Pre-Penalty Shoot Out Mind GamesPA/BBC

The semi-finals of the Euros saw Italian captain Giorgio Chiellini accused of using some unconventional mind games against Spain.

Last night, Italy and Spain battled it out in a tense game to see who would make the final of the Euros. After extra time, the game went to penalties and people noticed an odd exchange between the respective captains.

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The coin toss to decide which team takes the penalty is usually a serious affair, but Chiellini seemed to be having a great time. In fact, he even grabbed hold of the Spanish captain, Jordi Alba, in a playful tussle.

The grabbing of the Spanish captain led some to believe the body language helped Italy win the penalty shoot out. Many viewers have commented that the exchange was a standout moment in the game, with one Twitter user noting, ‘Chiellini’s mind games at the shootout coin toss was the highlight of the shootout for me – intimidating experience.’

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It’s unclear whether Chiellini was deliberately trying to play mind games, or if he was just excited for the penalties. After all, Spain had missed a few penalty kicks this tournament, so the Italians may have fancied their chances.

Equally, at the age of 36 and after winning numerous accolades with Juventus, there’s a good chance that the captain was just at ease with the pressure of the situation.

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Italy will now face either England or Denmark in the Euro 2020 final on July 11.

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Daniel Richardson

After graduating from university, Dan went on to work with a variety of tech startups and media outlets. These included the likes of The Hook, WhatCulture and Game Rant. Eventually, Dan found a home for his journalism at UNILAD.

Topics: Sport, Euro 2020, Italy, no-article-matching, Now, Spain