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Alan Shearer slammed Italian forward Ciro Immobile in the wake of his country's 2-1 victory over Belgium in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals on Friday.
Nicolo Barella gave the Azzurri the lead in the first half in Munich before Lorenzo Insigne added a stunning second on 44 minutes.
Romelu Lukaku offered the Belgians hope with a penalty just before half-time, but despite a number of chances in the second period Italy held on and celebrated wildly at full-time as they booked a semi-final place.
Despite their win, some accused Italy of going to ground too easily, and Immobile in particular drew the wrath of some viewers as he was captured writhing on the floor in apparent agony before quickly getting to his feet to celebrate Barella's opener.
Ciro Immobile was accused of going to ground too easily
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And speaking on BBC after the game, Shearer was far from impressed with what he saw from the Lazio star.
"I don’t even want to laugh at that because that is pathetic," he said.
"You can see him have a look at the referee before he even goes down. It’s pathetically embarrassing, that’s what it is!"
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Nevertheless, Shearer was impressed with the Italian performance overall, and praised the spectacle that both teams served up.
"It was a magnificent game of football, end to end," he added. "The Italians had to use all of their know-how and experience in that last 10 or 15 minutes.
"The two old guys at the back were brilliant. It was a big talking point whether Lukaku was going to get in behind them and whether they were going to get done for pace.
"But they stood firm with everything that the Belgians threw at them in the last 10 or 15 minutes. They were magnificent."
Italy will now face Spain in their semi-final at Wembley on Tuesday, and goalscorer Insigne could not hide his delight when interviewed after the match.
"I think every single player in the team played an incredible game tonight," he said. "I always try that shot, in games and in training. I’m happy it went in. It was a great goal but I repeat, we won all together tonight."