Biggest wins in European Championship history

Sometimes there is only ever going to be one winner. looks back at the four occasions in finals history when a team has won by five goals – two came on the same day!

Henrik Larsson scored twice as Sweden beat Bulgaria 5-0 in the 2004 group stage
Henrik Larsson scored twice as Sweden beat Bulgaria 5-0 in the 2004 group stage ©Getty Images

Competitive, tough-to-call fixtures have always been a hallmark of the UEFA European Championship, but there have been times when there was only ever going to be one winner. looks back at the four occasions when a team has triumphed by a five-goal margin in a final tournament.

1984 group stage: France 5-0 Belgium
(Platini 4 74pen 89, Giresse 33, Fernández 43)
The EURO '84 hosts started in tentative fashion with a 1-0 victory over Denmark, but here in Nantes they and their talisman ratcheted up the gears. A predatory fourth-minute rebound, a penalty and a header accounted for a hat-trick from Michel Platini, though it was the captain's all-round influence that boded especially well for the eventual winners. Indeed, the majestic No10 scored another treble in Les Bleus' next fixture and ended the tournament with a EURO record nine goals.

Watch all Michel Platini's EURO goals
Watch all Michel Platini's EURO goals

1984 group stage: Denmark 5-0 Yugoslavia
(Arnesen 8 69pen, Berggreen 16, Elkjær 82, Lauridsen 84)
On the same day that France were overwhelming Belgium, the Danes, quite remarkably, were also winning by a five-goal margin in Lyon. It was some way for Denmark to bounce back from that opening loss to France, with Michael Laudrup proving a particular torment. Although Yugoslavia were two down inside 16 minutes, it was not until Frank Arnesen's penalty midway through the second half that the dam burst, with two goals in the closing eight minutes completing the rout.

EURO's all-time leading goalscorers
EURO's all-time leading goalscorers

2000 quarter-finals: Netherlands 6-1 Yugoslavia
(Kluivert 24 38 54, Govedarica 51og, Overmars 78 90; Milošević 90)
This was an all-singing, all-dancing display from the Dutch in Rotterdam and remains the sole occasion in EURO finals history that a team has struck six. Three of the goals came from Patrick Kluivert – a man who, at the height of his career, had eyes only for the back of the net – and two courtesy of vivacious wing play from Marc Overmars. Yet this was not about one single player: it was the overall destruction of a Yugoslavia outfit so fluent in the group stage that was most impressive about Frank Rijkaard's side.

2004 group stage: Sweden 5-0 Bulgaria
(Ljungberg 32, Larsson 57 58, Ibrahimović 78pen, Allbäck 90+1)
Having initially retired from international action following Sweden's round of 16 exit at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Henrik Larsson was coaxed back for UEFA EURO 2004; this was the reason why. A double from the clinical forward – his first a spectacular diving header – and further efforts from Fredrik Ljungberg, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Marcus Allbäck did the damage against a brave but ultimately powerless Bulgaria in Lisbon.