Six epic EURO semi-finals

With just three games left at UEFA EURO 2016, we look back at some of the tournament's most epic semi-finals – including a nine-goal thriller and some Marco van Basten magic.

Philipp Lahm scored Germany's late winner against Turkey in 2008
Philipp Lahm scored Germany's late winner against Turkey in 2008 ©Getty Images

France 4-5 Yugoslavia, 1960
The first ever game at a UEFA EURO finals set a thrillingly high standard, though there was little hint of the drama to come as half-time neared at the Parc des Princes. The two teams were locked together at 1-1, but François Huette fired Les Bleus in front on 43 minutes and he later added a second to make it 4-2. Yugoslavia, it seemed, were beaten. Instead, they had a shock in store for the home side, plundering three goals in the space of five minutes in what remains the competition's highest-scoring match.

Yugoslavia 2-4 West Germany, 1976
Holders West Germany were heading for defeat in Belgrade until Helmut Schön made one of the most inspired substitutions of all time. Danilo Popivoda and Dragan Džajić had secured a 2-0 lead for the hosts, who were still looking strong after Heinz Flohe's deflected effort reduced the deficit – but that all changed when Schön brought on the uncapped Dieter Müller 11 minutes from the end. The debutant earned extra time with his very first touch and scored twice more to cap an unlikely comeback win. He also netted in the final as the Germans lost on penalties to Czechoslovakia.

Watch Michel Platini's nine goals at EURO 1984
Watch Michel Platini's nine goals at EURO 1984

France 3-2 Portugal (aet), 1984
After missing out in 1960, the French eventually made it through to their first final 24 years later. Dominant for long periods thanks to the artistry of Michel Platini, they struck first through Jean-François Domergue and appeared poised for a routine victory until Rui Jordão nodded in on 74 minutes. The same player then volleyed Portugal ahead in extra time, but Platini teed up Domergue to level and clipped in the winner himself with a minute left to spark euphoric scenes at the Stade Vélodrome.

West Germany 1-2 Netherlands, 1988
His stunning effort in the final may be better remembered, but Marco van Basten's last-four decider was shot through with its own significance. Determined to avenge the defeat by their arch-rivals in the 1974 FIFA World Cup showpiece, the Oranje found themselves facing another agonising loss when Lothar Matthäus scored from the penalty spot in Hamburg. Undaunted, they responded in kind through Ronald Koeman and, with extra time looking inevitable, Van Basten hooked in a dramatic late clincher.

Italy 0-0 Netherlands (aet; Italy win 3-1 on pens), 2000
This goalless stalemate was anything but bland, as ten-man Italy defied daunting odds. With Gianluca Zambrotta dismissed after just 34 minutes in Amsterdam, the final appeared to beckon for the Dutch when they were awarded a penalty shortly after. Goalkeeper Francesco Toldo had other ideas, saving from Frank de Boer, before Patrick Kluivert sent a second spot kick against the post. The Netherlands did not improve their penalties in the shoot-out either, Toldo's stop from Paul Bosvelt sealing victory for the tenacious Azzurri.

Highlights: Germany 3-2 Turkey
Highlights: Germany 3-2 Turkey

Germany 3-2 Turkey, 2008
Having become masters of the late goal in Austria and Switzerland, Turkey finally got a taste of their own medicine in a roller-coaster classic. Missing a raft of players, Fatih Terim's men led for once through Uğur Boral, though Bastian Schweinsteiger quickly equalised and Miroslav Klose gave Germany the advantage with 11 minutes left. Turkey, of course, responded, Semih Şentürk pouncing at the near post, but the final word went to Philipp Lahm, who capped a dizzying game with a rare strike in the 90th minute.