“I could feel everything slipping through our fingers. I could feel myself getting wound up”
”I was having a terrible game. I gave away a stupid penalty with a handball and I could feel everything slipping through our fingers. I could feel myself getting wound up.
”Moments before the Chiellini bite, I had a great chance to put us 1-0 up. If I had scored that goal, if Buffon hadn’t made the save, then I would not have done anything. But I missed the chance.
”When the heart has stopped racing after the game, it’s easy to look back and say, “How could you be so stupid? There were 20 minutes left.”
”But out on the pitch with the adrenaline pumping and the tension mounting, you’re not even really aware of how long is left.
”You don’t know anything. All I could think was: “I didn’t score. We’re out of the World Cup.””