We glance again at six nice ties at this stage since a quarter-final spherical was launched with the event’s growth to 16 groups in 1996.
The strain inside Wembley was palpable as England, buoyed by an excellent 4-1 victory over the Netherlands of their final group sport, laboured towards a promising Spain. La Roja have been twice denied by an offside flag earlier than carving open the England defence moments earlier than half-time; Javier Manjarín was clear by means of however hesitated lengthy sufficient for David Seaman to dam.
Additional time was required, with the golden aim in play for the primary time. It was not forthcoming, although, and England claimed a uncommon penalty shoot-out win finest remembered for Stuart Pearce’s celebration as he exorcised the ghost of his miss within the 1990 FIFA World Cup semi-final towards West Germany.
France have been the dominant crew of 2000 and eventual winners of the event, however Spain pushed them ever so shut within the Bruges quarter-final. Zinédine Zidane set Les Bleus on their means simply after the half-hour, however Gaizka Mendieta’s spot kick restored parity.
France have been again in entrance earlier than the interval after a Patrick Vieira run was capped by an excellent higher end from Youri Djorkaeff. Spain squandered a wonderful late probability to power further time when Raúl González despatched a penalty over the bar. France went on to lift the crown in thrilling style.
A sport that had every thing. Michael Owen put England forward in Lisbon with an nearly balletic aim – changing into the primary England participant to attain in 4 straight main tournaments – however England misplaced 18-year-old wonderkid Wayne Rooney to damage and Hélder Postiga equalised.
Sol Campbell had a Ninetieth-minute effort dominated out and Rui Costa struck for Portugal in further time, just for England’s Frank Lampard to earn penalties. In a sometimes tense shoot-out, David Beckham missed and Ricardo saved from Darius Vassell earlier than sensationally changing himself, as Portugal prevailed in sudden dying.
This one is included extra for shock worth than something. No person might have predicted that Greece wouldn’t simply beat France for the primary time ever, however would go on to win the championship.
Greece thought they’d the benefit in Lisbon when Giorgos Karagounis’s free-kick was met on the far submit by Kostas Katsouranis however goalkeeper Fabien Barthez was adjudged to have prevented the entire ball crossing the road. Nonetheless, with France toiling, Angelos Charisteas’s 65-minute aim settled it … and the rest was history.
The place to begin? Turkey booked their first EURO semi-final as a positive match in Vienna was selected penalties after the 2 sides had swapped objectives within the closing moments of additional time. First, Ivan Klasnić nodded in Luka Modrić’s cross with a minute left within the additional time interval.
But, for the third sport working, Turkey hit again even later to power the primary shoot-out of the finals when Semih Şentürk drove in by way of a deflection. They then proceeded to triumph 3-1 on penalties, Rüştü Reçber saving Mladen Petrić’s kick after earlier misses by Modrić and Ivan Rakitić.
Contemplating Wales have been in simply their second main event, 58 years after the primary, few thought they may equal their run to the 1958 World Cup quarter-finals, not to mention higher it. Notably so as soon as destiny paired them with a Belgian aspect stacked with stellar expertise, who duly took a Thirteenth-minute lead by means of Radja Nainggolan’s long-range bullet.
However on the half-hour in Lille, Ashley Williams headed in Aaron Ramsey’s nook, and ten minutes into the second half a participant who had entered the finals and not using a membership, Hal Robson-Kanu, brilliantly turned contained in the field and shot in. Belgium pushed, however Welsh substitute Sam Vokes settled issues with 5 minutes left. “You dream about nights like this,” said manager Chris Coleman. Wales fell to eventual champions Portugal in the semis having already achieved the seemingly unimaginable.