Italy advanced to the European Championship 2020 semi-final with a big win over Belgium on Friday night, but it was their unique way of celebrating this victory that captivated viewers.
Midfielder NicolÃ² Barella and striker Lorenzo Insigne prepared Italy well, scoring two goals in the first half, while Leonardo Spinazzola and the rest of the Italian defense sealed the 2-1 victory in the quarter-finals .
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The players raced to the stands to hug the fans, but some, including Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Andrea Belotti and Alessandro Bastoni, returned without their shorts.
Athletes often take off their shirts or shoes to gift to fans after games, but taking off their pants seems like an odd option.
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The celebration has gone viral on social media.
Italy will face Spain next Tuesday at Wembley Stadium in London.
“Everyone, including me, really plays with a smile on their face,” said Insigne, whose team took their unbeaten national record to 32 games.
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“Now we are going to savor this moment. We will try to rest because it will be another difficult game,” Italy coach Robert Mancini said after the game.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.