The most “crazy” matches in the history of the European Football Championship
Fun spherical nights experienced by the football fans while following the matches of the final round of the “Euro 2020” championship, which did not miss the surprises, and witnessed the scoring of 29 goals, and resorting to additional games during 4 confrontations out of 8 matches played during this role. Spain’s match against Croatia, which ended with the Spanish victory by five goals to three, succeeded in occupying the second place in the list of the most goals scored in the Euro matches in the history of the tournament, and France’s match against Yugoslavia occupies the top of that list, with 9 goals scored. In fact, the fun has not been absent from the “Euro” tournament since its inception in 1958, and these are the most crazy matches in the history of the European Championship. Turkey and the Czech Republic at Euro 2008 The Turkish national team succeeded in providing a distinguished performance during the “Euro 2008” tournament, and managed to score more than one fatal goal, but the dramatic match that cannot be forgotten is Turkey’s match against the Czech Republic in the final round of the group stage of that tournament. In that match, both teams needed to win to reach the quarter-finals, and Turkey’s hopes of crossing to the round of 8 evaporated, after the Czech team advanced with two goals, the first in the last part of the first half, and the second in the first quarter of an hour of the second half. . But Arda Turan’s goal in the 75th minute restored hope for the Turks. Indeed, the last five minutes of the match witnessed the Turkish team’s equalizing and winning goals, through Nihad Kahveci, to snatch Turkey’s qualification card to the quarter-finals. The Netherlands and the Czech Republic at Euro 2004 The draw for the “Euro 2004” tournament resulted in the presence of the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic and Latvia in one group, amid the public’s expectations that the Dutch and German teams would rise from that group to the quarter-finals. But the Czech team achieved an unexpected surprise by leading the group with 9 points, achieving three consecutive victories, the most exciting of which was the victory over the Netherlands in one of the most interesting matches of the tournament. The two teams met in the second round of the group stage, and the Dutch team needed only 19 minutes to lead with two goals, but the Czechs managed to score their first goal in the match in the 23rd minute, ending the first half with a score of two goals against a goal in favor of the Netherlands. In the second half of the match, the Czech team managed to equalize in the 71st minute, before the Czech midfielder, Vladimir Schmitzer, scored the winning goal for his country in the last minutes of the match. Portugal and England at Euro 2000 In “Euro 2020”, the draw for the tournament resulted in the “group of death”, which included the teams: Germany, England, Portugal and Romania. The fans found it difficult to expect the two teams that advanced to the “quarter-finals” of that group, but Romania achieved an unexpected surprise, after finishing second behind Portugal to advance together. One of the most prominent and most enjoyable matches of that group was the match that brought together the teams of Portugal and England in the first round of the group stage of that tournament. The first half of the match witnessed the “Three Lions” team advance with two goals through Paul Scholes and Stephen McManaman, but the Portuguese team managed to adjust the result before the end of the half, so the result was postponed to the second half. In the second half, the Portuguese national team player, Nuno Gomez, scored the winning goal in the 57th minute, and the Portuguese managed to turn the score from 2-0 to 3-2. Denmark and Germany at Euro 1992 The final of the “Euro 1992” was one of the greatest finals of the European Championship, as it was a witness to the Danish team achieving a football miracle that is difficult to repeat. Prior to Euro 1992, eight teams were preparing to travel to Sweden for the Euro, and Denmark was not among them, having finished second in Group D during qualifying. But after Yugoslavia was excluded, the Danish team was called to participate in the tournament, just 10 days before the start of the tournament. The Danish team showed a modest performance during the group stage, where it tied with England 0-0, and then lost to Sweden, the hosts of the land and the public. However, in the last round of the group stage, Denmark beat France with two goals to one, and qualified for the semi-finals with Sweden. After defeating the defending champions Netherlands in the semi-finals on penalties, the Danish team prepared to meet the German team in the final, amid the public’s expectations that Denmark’s adventure would end. In the first half of the final, Denmark player John Jensen opened the score, after hitting a powerful ball with his right foot from inside the penalty area. In the second half, minutes before the end of the match, the Danish team scored the second goal and won the championship title, in an unexpected surprise for the biggest optimists of the “Olsen gang”, as some call the Danish team.