Giorgio Chiellini of Italy interacts with Jordi Alba of Spain during the penalty shoot out coin toss during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Semi-final match between Italy and Spain at Wembley Stadium on July 06, 2021 in London, England.
appeared incredibly playful and jovial right before
in the Euro 2020 semi-finals - and the internet thought that he was trying to psyche out the opposition with his kindness.
A spot in the semi-finals was at stake, so it’s only natural that the captains would have some nervousness about the coin coss, which would determine which end the Wembley kicks would be taken from on the field.
Despite the pressure, Chiellini joked around with Felix Brych, the referee, and Spain’s stand-in captain
, which seemed to take Alba off guard.
The match was sent to penalties after a draw of 1-1 in Wembley.