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Dirty Tackle

Gigi Buffon’s wonderfully animated reaction to Japan’s dubious penalty

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

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Japan were awarded a dubious penalty and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was booked for the painfully obvious non-foul pictured above. Keisuke Honda then scored from the penalty spot to give Japan a surprising 1-0 lead in the 21st minute and then Shinji Kagawa made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute with a great goal of his own. Italy eventually got a goal back with a Daniele De Rossi header off a corner kick in the 41st minute. But Buffon did not passively accept the referee decision that started this chain of events...

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"Pardon me, I care to differ with your frankly unfathomable opinion..."

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"YOUR STUBBORNNESS IS MAKING MY HEAD FEEL LIKE AN EXPLODING BREAKFAST MELON"

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"Look how wide my eyes are! Does this not give you an indication of the magnitude of how badly you have ruined my life right now?"

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"Idiots gonna idiot."

UPDATE: Italy jumped ahead of Japan early in the second half with an own goal from Atsuto Uchida and another mysterious penalty call, this time for a handball. Mario Balotelli converted the penalty because that's what he always does and that made it 3-2.

UPDATE II: Japan equalized with a Shinji Okazaki header from a free kick in the 69th minute.

UPDATE III: Italy win 4-3 on a Sebastian Giovinco goal, but words cannot do justice to the madness this match contained.

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