EURO opening games: First goals, results, scorers
Friday, 11 June 2021
UEFA.com looks back at the scores, venues and opening goals of the games that got each UEFA European Championship under way.
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1960: France 4-5 Yugoslavia
Vincent 12, Heutte 43 62, Wisniewski 53; Galić 11, Žanetić 55, Knez 75, Jerković 78 79
Parc des Princes, Paris
Opening goal: Milan Galić's early strike against hosts France in Paris set the 1960 competition alight. Yugoslavia's one-goal advantage, however, lasted less than 60 seconds as Les Bleus promptly equalised.
1964: Spain 2-1 Hungary, aet
Pereda 35, Amancio 112; Bene 84
Estádio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Opening goal: Jesús María Pereda scored for La Roja 35 minutes into the Madrid semi-final. The Spain midfielder praised his "on form" team-mates for "working well as a unit"; soon they would be champions.
1968: Italy 0-0 Soviet Union (Italy won on a coin toss)
Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Opening goal: The tournament's first goal came not in Naples but later on the opening day of action, in Florence – where Yugoslavia winger Dragan Džajić jabbed in a winner four minutes from time against England.
1972: Belgium 1-2 West Germany
Polleunis 83; Müller 24 71
Opening goal: Picked out by Günter Netzer's chip into the danger zone, West Germany ace Gerd Müller topped off a darting run by glancing over the Belgium keeper, claiming the tournament's first goal.
1976: Czechoslovakia 3-1 Netherlands, aet
Ondruš 19, Nehoda 114, Veselý 118; Ondruš 73 og
Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb
Yugoslavia 2-4 West Germany, aet
Popivoda 19, Džajić 30; Flohe 64, Müller 82 115 119
Stadion Rajko Mitić, Belgrade
Opening goals: Both semi-finals kicked off at the same time and the first goal in each game was scored in the 19th minute: Anton Ondruš for Czechoslovakia and Danilo Popivoda for Yugoslavia.
1980: Czechoslovakia 0-1 West Germany
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Opening goal: West Germany's Karl-Heinze Rummenigge flung himself at Hansi Müller's lofted cross to nod in at the back post, ending the stalemate and sealing Die Mannschaft's opening victory.
1984: France 1-0 Denmark
Parc des Princes, Paris
Opening goal: France were rewarded for their persistence in trying to pierce the Denmark midfield when, with the Danes failing to clear, Michel Platini arrived on the edge of the box to spear in – via a deflection.
1988: West Germany 1-1 Italy
Brehme 55; Mancini 52
Opening goal: Roberto Mancini's first Azzurri goal in 14 appearances came against the host nation, as he rounded off an Italian attack from the right flank by striking on the turn at close range.
1992: Sweden 1-1 France
Eriksson 24; Papin 58
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Opening goal: Jan Eriksson's powerful header broke the deadlock in 1992. Unmarked, the centre-half bombed into the penalty area to meet Anders Limpar's floated corner and give Sweden an early lead.
1996: England 1-1 Switzerland
Shearer 23; Türkyilmaz 83pen
Wembley Stadium, London
Opening goal: Alan Shearer latched onto Paul Ince's through ball to put England ahead. The frontman timed his run to perfection before flashing high into the net – ending a 21-month international goal drought.
2000: Belgium 2-1 Sweden
Goor 43, Mpenza 46; Mjällby 53
King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels
Opening goal: Bart Goor's one-man effort sent the Red Devils in front. Winning back his own misplaced pass, the winger made strides towards the Swedish penalty box, where he buried a low shot.
2004: Portugal 1-2 Greece
Ronaldo 90+3; Karagounis 7, Basinas 51pen
Estádio do Dragão, Porto
Opening goal: Giorgios Karagounis shocked hosts Portugal, rippling the net seven minutes into the tournament curtain-raiser. Sweeping up a untidy clearance, the midfielder rifled past Ricardo from 25 metres.
2008: Switzerland 0-1 Czech Republic
St. Jakob-Park, Basel
Opening goal: A mighty upfield header landed perfectly for the breaking Václav Svĕrkoš – a second-half substitute – who kept his composure and dispatched a low effort into the Swiss bottom corner.
2012: Poland 1-1 Greece
Lewandowski 17; Salpingidis 51
Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw
Opening goal: Heading in from Jakub Błaszczykowski's searching cross, Robert Lewandowski described his "unimaginable" joy at snatching the finals' first goal in front of the home crowd.
2016: France 2-1 Romania
Giroud 57, Payet 89; Stancu 65pen
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Opening goal: Centre-forward Olivier Giroud rose highest to beat the Romanian goalkeeper to Dimitri Payet's devilish in-swinging delivery and head home France's first of the campaign.
2020: Turkey 0-3 Italy
Merih Demiral og 53, Immobile 66, Insigne 79
Olimpico in Rome, Rome
Opening goal: Domenico Berardi drove into the area and thumped in a low cross of such venom that Merih Demiral could not get out of the way, instead inadvertently sending it into his own net.