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Italian Striker Commits The Most Gloriously Cynical Moment Of Euro 2016

Italian Striker Commits The Most Gloriously Cynical Moment Of Euro 2016

In a game with major interest for Irish fans, Italy beat Belgium 2-0.

The Italians took a 1-0 first half lead through Emanuele Giaccherini and it would remain so until moments from the end when Graziano Pelle added a second.

Just 15 minutes from time - with the game still in the balance - Italy's Brazilian-born striker Eder ensured that Belgium would not get a chance to equalise.

After an Italian corner, Belgium broke through Dries Mertens. The forward would not get far, though the ball would travel a considerable distance due to the cynicism of Eder.

He might not have been born in Italy but he has certainly adopted one of the characteristics of their football.

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Eder received a yellow card from the referee and was immediately substituted, no doubt receiving a nod of approval from Antonio Conte en route to the bench.

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