Jonas Hector fired Germany into the Euro 2016 semi-finals at Italy's expense after an epic round of 18 penalty kicks that saw players from both sides produce stunning misses in Bordeaux on Saturday.
World Cup holders Germany won the shoot-out 6-5 after a tense match finished 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes and extra time, beating old foes Italy at a major tournament for the first time in nine attempts.
Joachim Loew's side had appeared to be heading for victory after Mesut Ozil lashed into the net to give them a 65th-minute lead, but in a moment of madness Jerome Boateng handled in the area.
Boateng was annoyed to have conceded the penalty after the ball deflected off his upper arm.
"I think we were the better team, but despite that it was a hard fight," said the Bayern defender. The penalty (he gave away) was stupid, I pulled my hands away, so as to not concede a foul, but I couldn't get them down quick enough."
Stupid or not, Twitterati pounced on the opportunity, resulting in some rather spectacular results,
Closer look at that from Boateng... pic.twitter.com/t8m4Rb5qRh
— TheSPORTbible (@TSBible) July 2, 2016
— GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) July 3, 2016
— (((Khalil Bawar))) (@Khalil_Bawar) July 2, 2016
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) July 2, 2016
Boateng jokes have started pic.twitter.com/X0VurWrGmD
— GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) July 2, 2016
— AS English (@English_AS) July 2, 2016
Boateng in a nutshell. pic.twitter.com/pgH4Ck2GjF
— MK (@ladymooonlight) July 2, 2016
— Robert Lodge (@lodge_robert) July 2, 2016
— Tribünsel (@tribunselcom) July 2, 2016
— Kacper Rudzik (@KacTRud) July 2, 2016
Boateng Practices for Rio. pic.twitter.com/RpdNDySJ2i
— Wiso Vazquez (@WisoVazquez) July 2, 2016
— BoyleSports (@BoyleSports) July 2, 2016
Boateng: "I'm the King of the world!" pic.twitter.com/uRCpkLOPUg
— Coral (@Coral) July 2, 2016
Best one yet ... Boateng pic.twitter.com/MY9wsDdqgQ
— Football Hub (@RealFootballHub) July 2, 2016
Boateng it's not WWE calm down pic.twitter.com/6aVIEdJgBZ
— swapping coins (@FUT_ALEXIS15) July 2, 2016
Published Date: Jul 03, 2016 10:09 AM | Updated Date: Jul 03, 2016 10:09 AM