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Euro 2020: Fans compare Manuel Locatelli to Marco Tardelli after goals against Switzerland

Marco Tardelli reborn? Fans see double as Manuel Locatelli mirrors famous 1982 World Cup final celebration for Italy opener… AND scores second just like his iconic goal against West Germany

Manuel Locatelli drew comparisons with Italian football legend Marco Tardelli in more ways than one on Wednesday night. 

The Italy midfielder scored a brace in the 3-0 win against Switzerland and fans were quick to draw parallels with Tardelli, the Azzurri’s 1982 World Cup hero. 

For his first goal, a tap in from Domenico Berardi’s ball, Locatelli wheeled away with a similar exuberance and gestures to Tardelli’s famous celebration against West Germany in the final 39 years ago. 

Manuel Locatelli’s celebration for his opening goal was similar to Marco Tardelli’s 

The iconic celebration has gone down in history after his goal in the 1982 World Cup final

The iconic celebration has gone down in history after his goal in the 1982 World Cup final

Fans were quick to draw parallels with Tardelli, the Azzurri's 1982 World Cup hero

Fans were quick to draw parallels with Tardelli, the Azzurri’s 1982 World Cup hero

There was a pile on with the Italian players eventually catching up to the goalscorer

There was a pile on with the Italian players eventually catching up to the goalscorer 

One fan wrote: ‘Italians love a passionate head shake and run celebration don’t they? Tardelli in 82, Grosso in 06 and Locatelli in 21.’

Another posted: ‘Aw man! I thought Locatelli was going to go full Tardelli there… would have been epic.’

While a third wrote: ‘Tardelli, Grosso, Locatelli. I love a weeping run celebration with all my heart.’

But the similarities did not end there. The Sassuolo midfielder popped up for a second goal after the break, this time firing a powerful low shot from just outside the box into the bottom right corner. 

Locatelli scored his second from a similar range and angle to Tardelli in 1982

Locatelli scored his second from a similar range and angle to Tardelli in 1982

It was reminiscent of Tardelli's famous strike against West Germany and fans were quick to make the comparison

It was reminiscent of Tardelli’s famous strike against West Germany and fans were quick to make the comparison

Tardelli (left) scored from the edge of the box before running off to celebrate wildly

Tardelli (left) scored from the edge of the box before running off to celebrate wildly 

It was reminiscent of Tardelli’s famous strike against West Germany and fans were quick to make the comparison. 

‘Thought I’d just seen Marco Tardelli score in the 1982 World Cup final… but no, it’s Locatelli,’ shared one. 

Another posted: ‘Something about that second Locatelli goal had shades of Tardelli in Spain 82 World Cup final.’

The midfielder has emerged as a key player for Roberto Mancini’s side in the absence of injured Marco Verratti and is staking a claim for a permanent place in the team. 

No doubt he will be hoping for another Tardelli moment to savour at the business end of Euro 2020 this summer.

Locatelli will be hard to drop for Italy even when Marco Verratti is fit again

Locatelli will be hard to drop for Italy even when Marco Verratti is fit again 

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