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Platini punishes Denmark in France's EURO 1984 Group 1 opener

France 1-0 Denmark
The tournament favourites got off to a winning start thanks to Michel Platini's strike with 12 minutes left.

Michel Platini after scoring France's winner
Michel Platini after scoring France's winner ©UEFA.com

An expectant Parisian crowd was forced to wait until 12 minutes from time for France to open their 1984 account against Denmark.

The tournament hosts kept hold of that lead, given to them by Michel Platini, to record a narrow victory at the Parc des Princes. Platini was well shackled by Klaus Berggreen for much of the game, but found sufficient space late on to fire a shot – via the slightest of deflections off a Danish defender's head – past Ole Qvist.

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It was a disappointing start for the Danes, who had already been dealt a major blow just before half-time when the influential Allan Simonsen, European Footballer of the Year back in 1977, suffered a broken leg in a challenge with Yvon Le Roux.

Highlights: Watch Platini’s nine goals at EURO 1984
Highlights: Watch Platini’s nine goals at EURO 1984

The tournament favourites had done enough, with the industry of Alain Giresse and Jean Tigana laying a similar platform for Platini as they had at the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Two years later and it was a sign of what was to come once again.

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Lineups

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 12: Denmark team group during the UEFA European Championship 1984 Group 1 match between Denmark and France at Parc des Princes on June 12, 1984 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bob Thomas Sports Photography via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 12: Denmark team group during the UEFA European Championship 1984 Group 1 match between Denmark and France at Parc des Princes on June 12, 1984 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bob Thomas Sports Photography via Getty Images)Bob Thomas Sports Photography vi

France: Bats; Amoros, Le Roux (Domergue 60), Bossis, Battiston; Giresse, Platini (c), Fernández, Tigana; Bellone, Lacombe
Substitutes: none listed
Coach: Michel Hidalgo

Denmark: Qvist; Nielsen, Morten Olsen (c), Busk; Lerby, Simonsen (Lauridsen 46), Berggreen, Bertelsen, Arnesen (Jesper Olsen 79); Elkjær, Laudrup
Substitutes: none listed
Coach: Sepp Piontek

Referee: Volker Roth (West Germany)