Five great EURO quarter-finals

A cursory glance through the history books brought back enough thrills and spills to whet the appetite for the quarter-finals at UEFA EURO 2016.

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22/06/1996: England 0-0 Spain (aet, England win 4-2 on pens)
The tension inside Wembley was palpable as England, buoyed by a convincing 4-1 victory over the Netherlands in their last group game, laboured against a promising Spain. The Iberians were twice denied by an offside flag before carving open the England defence moments before half-time; Javier Manjarín was clean through but hesitated long enough for David Seaman to advance and block.

Extra time was required, with the golden goal in play for the first time. It was not forthcoming, though, and England claimed a rare penalty shoot-out win best remembered for Stuart Pearce's celebration as he exorcised the ghost of his miss in the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

25/06/2000: Spain 1-2 France
France were the dominant team in 2000 and eventual winners of the tournament, but Spain pushed them ever so close in the Bruges quarter-final. Zinédine Zidane set Les Bleus on their way just after the half-hour, but Gaizka Mendieta's spot kick restored parity.

France were back in front before the interval after a Patrick Vieira run was capped with an even better finish from Youri Djorkaeff. Spain squandered a glorious late chance to force extra time when Raúl González sent a penalty over the bar. France went on to claim the crown in thrilling style.

Portugal edge England in penalty drama
Portugal edge England in penalty drama

24/06/2004: Portugal 2-2 England (aet; Portugal win 6-5 on pens)
A game that had everything. Michael Owen put England ahead in Lisbon with an almost balletic goal – becoming the first England player to score in four successive major tournaments but England lost 18-year-old wonderkid Wayne Rooney to injury and Hélder Postiga equalised.

Sol Campbell had a 90th-minute effort ruled out and Rui Costa struck for Portugal in extra time, only for England's Frank Lampard to force penalties. In a typically tense shoot-out, David Beckham missed and Ricardo saved from Darius Vassell, as Portugal prevailed.

25/06/2004: France 0-1 Greece
This one is included more for shock value than anything. Nobody could have predicted that Greece would not just beat France for the first time in their history, but go on to win the championship.

Greece believed they had the advantage in Lisbon when Giorgos Karagounis's inswinging free-kick was met at the far post by Kostas Katsouranis but goalkeeper Fabien Barthez was adjudged to have prevented the whole ball crossing the line. However, with France toiling, Angelos Charisteas's 65-minute goal settled it ... and the rest is history. 

21/06/2008: Croatia 1-1 Turkey (aet, Turkey win 3-1 on pens)
Where to start? Turkey reached their first EURO semi-final as a fine match in Vienna was decided on penalties after the two sides had swapped goals in the final moments of extra time. Ivan Klasnić nodded in Luka Modrić's cross with a minute of the overtime period to play.

Yet, for the third game running, Turkey hit back late on to force the first shoot-out of the finals when Semih Şentürk drove in via a deflection. They promptly triumphed 3-1 on penalties, Rüştü Reçber saving Mladen Petrić's kick following earlier misses from Modrić and Ivan Rakitić.