While his teammates celebrated, Buffon could not ignore the way Italy allowed a penalty kick in injury time of a 2-1 win, plus a few other chances for Germany that could have sent the match to extra time.
Buffon says “I don't celebrate second place. ... We should have avoided those last five minutes of sufferance. ... Football is a game, but when you reach the semifinals of a European Championship it's not a game any more.”
One of the pillars of Italy's 2006 World Cup victory, Buffon can add another trophy with a win over Spain in Sunday's final.