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EURO's greatest games

Published: Tuesday 24 June 2008, 19.01CET
Talking point: Inspired by Turkey's thrilling 3-2 victory against the Czech Republic, euro2008.com takes its pick of ten of the best EURO games. Which is the best?
by Michael Harrold
from Vienna
EURO's greatest games
Andreas Möller soaks up the atmosphere after his winning penalty ©Getty Images
 
Published: Tuesday 24 June 2008, 19.01CET

EURO's greatest games

Talking point: Inspired by Turkey's thrilling 3-2 victory against the Czech Republic, euro2008.com takes its pick of ten of the best EURO games. Which is the best?

UEFA EURO 2008™ has produced a succession of exciting matches up there with some of the best seen at a UEFA European Championship. Starting with Turkey's thrilling 3-2 comeback win over the Czech Republic in Austria/Switzerland, euro2008.com takes its pick of ten of the best EURO games. Which is the most outstanding and are there any other matches you would have included on the list?

Turkey 3-2 Czech Republic
Group stage, UEFA EURO 2008™
"We never give up," said Fatih Terim after Turkey's stunning defeat of the Czech Republic. There was no doubting that after they struck three times in the final 15 minutes to overturn a 2-0 deficit to triumph 3-2. Petr Čech's mistake allowed Nihat Kahveci to prod in the equaliser on 87 minutes before the same player scored a stunning winner a minute from time. 

Netherlands 2-3 Czech Republic
Group stage, UEFA EURO 2004™
Pavel Nedvěd inspired a superb recovery as the Czech Republic hit back from 2-0 down after 19 minutes to prevail by 3-2. Arjen Robben had dazzled for the Dutch but, after he was taken off, Karel Brückner's side seized the initiative and sealed their place in the last eight with late goals from Milan Baroš and Vladimír Šmicer. 

France 2-1 Italy
Final, UEFA EURO 2000™
Italy thought Marco Delvecchio's 55th-minute goal had won the trophy as they joined hands on the touchline waiting for the final whistle. That advantage stood until deep into injury time when Sylvain Wiltord's low drive squeezed under Francesco Toldo. Thirteen minutes into extra time David Trezeguet's golden goal added the Henri Delaunay trophy to the FIFA World Cup France had lifted two years earlier.

Italy 0-0 Netherlands (Italy win 3-1 on pens)
Semi-finals, UEFA EURO 2000™
Short on goals but high on drama, as Italy held their nerve and the Netherlands lost theirs at the Amsterdam ArenA. Italy survived Gianluca Zambrotta's 34th-minute dismissal and penalty misses from both Frank de Boer and Patrick Kluivert in normal time to force a shoot-out – which they won when Toldo blocked Paul Bosvelt's kick.
  
Yugoslavia 3-4 Spain

Group stage, UEFA EURO 2000™
Spain came back from the dead to book their place in the quarter-finals. Trailing 3-2 with the 90 minutes up, Spain were on the brink of being eliminated when Gaizka Mendieta's penalty secured them a lifeline. The celebrations began in earnest three minutes later when Alfonso Pérez volleyed in to cap a remarkable revival.

Germany 1-1 England (Germany win 6-5 on pens)
Semi-final, EURO '96™
"Football's coming home," rang round Wembley but it was Germany fans singing after a tense penalties win. Alan Shearer and Stefan Kuntz swapped early goals, Darren Anderton hit a post and Paul Gascoigne just failed to connect with a low cross with the goal gaping in extra time. The defining image, though, was Andreas Möller strutting on the Wembley turf after firing in the decisive penalty.

France 3-2 Portugal
Semi-finals, 1984 UEFA European Championship
France should have killed the game off after Jean-François Domergue gave them the lead. A succession of missed chances, though, kept Portugal in contention and they made the hosts pay when Rui Jordão headed in Fernando Chalana's cross 16 minutes from time. The pair combined again in overtime to edge Portugal in front; but this was France's year. Domergue drew Les Bleus level six minutes from time, then man-of-the-moment Michel Platini struck his eighth goal of the tournament to take France to the final.

Denmark 3-2 Belgium
Group stage, 1984 UEFA European Championship
Goals from Jan Ceulemans and Frankie Vercauteren put Belgium 2-0 up after 39 minutes and looked to have ended Danish chances of reaching the semi-finals. Sepp Piontek's side then showed all their attacking flair to get back into the match. Frank Arnesen's penalty on 41 minutes gave Denmark hope before they grabbed victory with second-half strikes from Kenneth Brylle Larsen and Preben Elkjær, the latter crowning a great performance with the winner six minutes from time.

Yugoslavia 2-4 West Germany
Semi-final, 1976 UEFA European Championship
Yugoslavia had one foot in the final when West Germany coach Helmut Schön made one of the most inspired substitutions of all time. Losing 2-1 with eleven minutes left, he replaced Herbert Wimmer with Dieter Müller who, on his debut, had the game of his life. Within three minutes Müller had equalised before scoring twice more in extra time to complete his hat-trick and earn West Germany's place in the final.

France 4-5 Yugoslavia
Semi-final, 1960 UEFA European Championship
This semi-final at the Parc des Princes is still the highest-scoring match in the history of the competition and looked to be going the way of the hosts until three goals in four minutes turned the game on its head. Chasing a 4-2 deficit, Tomislav Knez reduced the arrears for Yugoslavia on 75 minutes before two goals in as many minutes from Drazen Jerković sent Yugoslavia through.

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