Viral Video of the Day: Watch Pass-Master Andrea Pirlo's Work from Euro Quarters
Rejoice, lovers of the perfect pass, intelligent football and deep-lying playmakers.
Yes, the video includes that penalty kick, the Panenka that's managed to drive level-headed fans the world over mad with glee.
Watch the video, and you'll see right away: Pirlo's face is priceless as he watches his penalty kick fly into the net. He knew, just knew, that it was going in, and he wasn't the least bit concerned.
But that's not all. In fact, the penalty represents only a few seconds of the 11-and-a-half minutes of pure genius on display.
The rest of the time is filled with passes, dribbling, more passes and moments of individual brilliance that made nearly every single English player on the pitch look silly. That's the genius of Andrea Pirlo.
So if you like that sort of stuff, watch on. And while you watch, here's Pirlo's explanation of that penalty, courtesy of 101 Great Goals—also the source of this video.
Hart seemed to be very confident in himself. I needed to do something to beat him and it seemed to be a psychological blow. It was not madness. I decided when I saw Hart moving before the kick. I just had this inspiration.
And the lack of celebration? That part was thought out too, like all of Pirlo's work.
I didn’t celebrate the penalty because at that point there was nothing to celebrate. We were still down. But it changed the course of the match.
That it did. But so did everything else Pirlo did.
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