Matteo Pessina’s goal-scoring celebration — diving face-first on the turf with his arms nearly flat by his side — has become quite a sensation back home in Italy and rightfully so.
The 24-year-old midfielder, who only joined his national team for the European Championship after another player was injured, scored what turned out to be the winning goal in extra time against Austria in the round of 16.
“It was the most spontaneous thing in the world. It didn’t seem real to me that it had really happened and I did the stupidest thing I could think of,” Pessina said.
“I get lots of videos of people imitating it, even on the beach. It’s really wonderful.”
Not bad for someone who was playing in Italy’s third division a little over four years ago — and at times struggling to even make the team.
“There was a time, when I was in Serie C and I wasn’t playing, that I even…