The very first match of the UEFA European Championship produced the highest score, but since then there have been other matches with many goals. UEFA.com made the rounds of these nightmare matches for the defenders.
Semi-final 1960: France 4-5 Yugoslavia
The first game of the inaugural tournament produced a score not matched since. A few clear chances were missed, then France led 2-1 just before half-time. Les Bleus doubled their advantage twice, on either side of a goal by Ante ‘aneti’ (55′), and led 4-2 with 15 minutes to go. But three goals in five minutes turned the score around in a very good way.
Semi-final 1976: Yugoslavia 2-4 FRG (a.p.)
Led 2-0 after half an hour of play, the Germans saw their title threatened. But the 1974 world champions Of Helmut Schon did not capitulate, and they equalized with 8 minutes to go thanks to Heinz Flohe and Dieter Muller. On his international debut, he scored twice in the last six minutes of extra time, giving the FRG a final against Czechoslovakia.
Group stage 1996: Russia 3-3 Czech Republic
A game with twists and turns that was very close to signaling the exit door to the Czechs. Leading 2-0 after 20 minutes, their lead was cancelled just after the break, then they were led five minutes from the end. A defeat would have settled Italy, which would have passed at the expense of Duan Uhrin’s men, but Vladimar ‘micer came to the rescue with two minutes to go. The start of a memorable tournament for the Czechs.
Group stage 2000: Yugoslavia 3-3 Slovenia
To say that the case was badly underway for Yugoslavia with 30 minutes to go would be an understatement. Not only did Slovenia lead 3-0 after goals from Zlatko Zahovio (x2) and Miran Pavlin, but they also played 11-10 after Sinia Mihajlovic was sent off on the hour mark. But Yugoslavia did not drop their weapons and came back to 3-3 thanks to goals in the 67th, 70th and 73rd minutes.
Group stage 2000: Yugoslavia 3-4 Spain
Spain looked well beaten as the match drew to a close. José Antonio Camacho’s men had to win to advance to the quarter-finals, but they were led 3-2 against ten Yugoslavs in extra time. A free kick from Gaizka Mendieta gave Spain the equaliser, but we still had to score. Alfonso Pérez achieved the double and Spain qualified, as did Yugoslavia for that matter.
Quarter-finals 2000: Netherlands 6-1 Yugoslavia
This match dominated head and shoulders by the Dutch is the only one in which a team scored six goals. Three of them were scored by Patrick Kluivert, and two by the quick winger Marc Overmars. However, apart from the individualities, it was above all the destruction of a Yugoslav team so comfortable in the group stage that was the most impressive point on the part of Frank Rijkaard’s men.
Group stage 2004: Croatia 2-4 England
After two goals against Switzerland in England’s first game, Wayne Rooney proved himself on the European stage in this match against Croatia. Sven-Guran Eriksson’s men were quickly led, but Rooney’s goals from either side of a Paul Scholes goal put England back on track. Both teams scored in the final 20 minutes, but Rooney’s influence had already secured England’s qualification for the first time on foreign soil.
Quarter-finals 2012: Germany 4-2 Greece
When Giorgios Samaras cancelled out Philipp Lahm’s opener ten minutes after the break, Greece could start dreaming of a ticket to the semi-finals. But three goals in the space of 14 minutes, signed Sami Khedira, Miroslav Klose and Marco Reus, quickly dashed The Greek hopes. Dimitris Salpingidis’ penalty at the end of the match was only a small consolation prize. It was Germany’s 15th consecutive competitive success, a world record, but this series ended against Italy in the last four.
Group stage 2016: Hungary 3-3 Portugal
Portugal’s ambitions at UEFA EURO 2016 were just a thread on a remarkable afternoon in Lyon. Three times, Hungary, the surprise leader of Group F, led the score but each time Portugal rallied. Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 17th game in the euro final set with a double that made him the first player to find the net in four different editions. Portugal qualified by a mouse hole and became European champion three weeks later!
Quarter-finals 2016: France 5-2 Iceland
France, the first team to score four goals in a period in the history of the EURO. Giroud (2), Pogba, Payet and Griezmann scored. France secured qualification for the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2016 by ousting Iceland. Throughout this tournament, Les Bleus had become accustomed to making the French people suffer, to score at the end of the day before delivering them. This time at the Stade de France the suspense did not really exist.