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Bonucci on Immobile's dive: The joy and emotion of the goal was so big that it cured him!

The Lazio forward was the subject of criticism for the incident, but the veteran defender has now laughed it off ahead of Tuesday's clash with Spain

Leonardo Bonucci has quipped that the joy of Italy's opener against Belgium in their Euro 2020 quarter-final victory was enough to cure Ciro Immobile of his "injury" after the striker simulated a knock in the first half in Munich on Friday.


The Lazio forward was the subject of widespread criticism for the incident in which he apparently dived in an attempt to win a penalty, feigning injury, before springing immediately back to his feet to celebrate Nicolo Barella's goal moments later.

Immobile's actions, alongside further accusations of poor gamesmanship from Roberto Mancini's side during the final half-hour at Allianz Arena, marred an otherwise shrewdly attractive performance from the Azzurri, but now vice-captain Bonucci has made light of the matter ahead of Tuesday's semi-final with Spain at Wembley.

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