SI Staff
Saturday July 2nd, 2016

The Running Man Challenge social media sensation made popular by a pair of University of Maryland basketball players has met its soccer spirit animal at Euro 2016.

Simone Zaza's atrocious penalty take for Italy in the 6-5 shootout loss to Germany in the Euro 2016 quarterfinals was preceded by a prolonged run-up (17 steps!) that syncs up perfectly with the Ghost Town DJ's "My Boo," the song that serves as the soundtrack for the dance.

What makes Zaza's miss even worse was that he was subbed on solely for the penalty shootout. He was brought on in the final seconds of extra time, with Giorgio Chiellini appearing to go down just to buy time for the substitution to be able to be made. Suffice it to say, it was a move by Antonio Conte that did not pay off after he had nailed every selection on Italy's impressive path to the quarterfinals.

There's probably no player more thankful for Zaza's antics than Jerome Boateng, who was resigned to meme-ville again (who can forget the creative falling-down GIFs after Lionel Messi crossed him up the Champions League) after his inexplicable "touchdown signal" hand raise gifted Italy the penalty kick it needed in regulation to pull the match even.

Boateng's side lives on to play another day, meeting either Iceland or France in the semifinals, while Zaza is left with a summer to ponder his penalty approach.

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