Pirlo is happy to talk up his cheeky chip in the Euros semi.
“I saw Hart was practically down on the ground already, so I tried it. I didn’t think about what would happen if I’d got it wrong, it was just a spontaneous thing,” explained Pirlo.
“Hart looked very confident in himself, so I thought we had to bring him down a peg or two.
“The nicest thing about all this was when my football colleagues complimented me for the penalty. That is always pleasing.
“Gigi Buffon reassured us all before the penalties and made us feel calm. He was proved right.