As the latest European Championships finished in the most dramatic way possible with Italy
beating England at Wembley on penalties to claim their first title since 1968, we have taken a
look back at some of the best but perhaps lesser known matches from previous tournaments.
France 4-5 Yugoslavia, Euro 1960 semi-final
Due to the shortened nature of the inaugural tournament with only four teams participating in the final tournament, then known as the European Nations Cup, this game was consequently the opening match and the semi-final.
Milan Galic struck early for Yugoslavia but within a minute Jean Vincent levelled for France and Albert Batteux’s men took a half-time lead when Francois Huette struck.
Their lead was extended through Maryan Wisnieski before the topsy-turvy match took another turn as Ante Zanetic pulled one back for Yugoslavia within minutes.
Shortly after the hour Huette grabbed his second to make it 4-2 to France and they led with 15 minutes remaining before Yugoslavia showed their attacking prowess in a devastating five-minute spell.
First Tomislav Knez gave them hope and two goals in a minute from Dražan Jerković, tapping home from close range and then firing home a rebound to give Yugoslavia a remarkable win in what remains the highest scoring match in the competition’s history.
Yugoslavia 3-4 Spain, Euro 2000 group stage
The final game in group C for Yugoslavia and Spain was massive for both sides as they knew three points would secure their place in the knockout round.
Despite Jose Antonio Camacho’s side having won their previous match against Slovenia, it looked as though they would rue their opening defeat to Norway while Yugoslavia had recovered from 3-0 down to grab an unlikely point against Slovenia and had seen off Norway.
Knowing a win would see them top the group, Yugoslavia opened the scoring through Savo Milosevic, only for Alfonso to equalise shortly before half-time. A frantic start after the break saw Dejan Govedarica fire past Santiago Cañizares from the edge of the box only for Spain to restore parity immediately through Pedro Munitis.
The momentum then swung Spain’s way after Slavisa Jokanovic was sent off for a second yellow card just after the hour but with 15 minutes left Slobodan Komljenović gave Yugoslavia the lead for the third time.
It seemed as though Spain were heading out, needing two goals as the clock ticked into the fourth minute of added time but captain Aberlado was pulled down in the area and Gaizka Mendieta slammed home the penalty to give Camacho’s men hope.