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Most goals of a single game in Euro history

Sat 03 July 2021 | 21:00

As two of the most memorable and highest-scoring games in EURO history occurred on the very 18th day of Euro 2020, it broached the quest of finding out the most goals of a single game in Euro history.

Although the 14 goals scored in one of the highest-scoring days in EURO history in the 2020 encounters of

Croatia

3-5 Spain and the France 3-3 Switzerland (pens: 4-5) were high in number, the first UEFA European Championship fixture has seen more goals than any finals match since.

Yet, the other games in the interim were not been devoid of such a disproportionate number of goals. Here you would go through the 13

highest-scoring games in EURO history

with no fewer than five goals scored in them.

Most goals of a single game in Euro history

Here is a quick overview of the most goals of a single game in Euro history.

  • Nine goals

    – 1960 semi-finals: France 4-5 Yugoslavia

  • Eight goals

    – 2020 round of 16: Croatia 3-5 Spain

  • Seven goals

    – 2000 group stage: Yugoslavia 3-4 Spain

  • Seven goals

    – 2000 quarter-finals: Netherlands 6-1 Yugoslavia

  • Seven goals

    – 2016 quarter-finals: France 5-2 Iceland

  • Six goals

    – 1976 semi-finals: Yugoslavia 2-4 West Germany 

  • Six goals

    – 1996 group stage: Russia 3-3 Czech Republic

  • Six goals

    – 2000 group stage: Yugoslavia 3-3 Slovenia

  • Six goals

    – 2004 group stage: Croatia 2-4 England

  • Six goals

    – 2012 quarter-finals: Germany 4-2 Greece

  • Six goals

    – 2020 group stage: Portugal 2-4 Germany

  • Six goals

    – 2020 round of 16: France 3-3 Switzerland (pens: 4-5)

Six goals

– 2016 group stage:

Hungary

3-3 Portugal

Nine goals – Once

Yugoslavia defeated France 5-4 in the opening game of the finals in 1960. This record is not only one of the most goals scored in one Euro tournament but such amount of scorings were never been repeated in any other game of Euro Tournaments.

1960 semi-finals: France 4-5 Yugoslavia

The record for the highest-scoring game of EIRO history is still unbroken, in spite of the fact that it was in the first edition of the Euros, taking place in France.

France and Yugoslavia featured in a terrific game full of memorable moments back on July 6, 1960. Early blows were traded preceding to France went 2-1 upright prior to half-time, as there was not a single sign to foreshadow the explosion of goals to come.

France doubled its advantage twice to exceed 4-2 with a quarter of an hour left, however, three goals in five minutes turned the match on its head in a stunning way.

Therefore Yugoslavia grabbed a triumph over

France

in the semi-final by a scoreline of 5-4, with scoring nine goals overall between the two sides.

Milan Galic, Ante Zanetic, Tomislav Knez and Drazan Jerkovic were the players who put away goals for Yugoslavia. While, Jean Vincent, Francois Heutte (2) and Maryan Wisnieski were the ones who scored for France.

Eight goals – Once

For the first time in Euro history just in the 2020 round of 16, eight goals were scored in the encounter of Croatia vs Spain.

2020 round of 16: Croatia 3-5 Spain

The eight goals scored in the match of Croatia 3-5

Spain

in Euro 2020, is not only assumed to be the most goals scored in Euro 2020 so far but it is also considered to be one of the

most goals of a single game in Euro history

.

Although Spain very unusually had fallen behind Croatia, owing to the long-range own goal of Pedri, they managed to level prior to the interval by taking a 3-1 lead with 13 minutes left via CésarAzpilicueta and Ferran Torres goals.

But on the other side of the coin, Mislav Oršić (85) and Mario Pašalić (90+2) scorings for Croatia stretched the game to extra time, until Álvaro Morata restored the Spanish advantage with a brilliant strike.

Afterwards, Mikel Oyarzabal eventually finished Croatia's brave challenge by securing Spain's winning and leading them to become the first team ever to put away five goals in successive games at a EURO final tournament.

Seven goals – Three times

In the list of highest-scoring games in EURO history, seven goals were scored in two matches of the Euro 2000, and one match of Euro 2016. Let's take a look at them.

2000 group stage: Yugoslavia 3-4 Spain

In one of the highest-scoring days in Euro history, seven of fourteen goals were scored in the 2000 group stage game of Yugoslavia 3-4 Spain.

In Spain's final group game, they were in desperate need of a victory to go through however they trailed ten-man Yugoslavia 3-2 when the match entered added time.

Gaizka Mendieta's penalty then drew the level for the Spain side while they still required to score at least another goal. Alfonso Pérez duly scored once more time and the pandemonium ensued.

The scorers for Yugoslavia were Savo Milosevic, Dejan Govedarica and Slobodan Komljenovic. As for the winning team, Spain saw Alfonso (2), Pedro Munitis and Gaizka Mendieta score for them.

2016 quarter-finals: France 5-2 Iceland

During the 2016 edition of the UEFA Euro, France beat

Iceland

5-2 in the quarter-finals as it then became one of the

most goals scored in one Euro tournament

.

In the light of their home advantage, they were the favourites to win the tournament, although they were beaten by Portugal in the deciding fixture.

Olivier Giroud (2), Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann were France scorers, while Kolbein Sigthorsson and Birkir Bjarnason were the ones who scored for Iceland.

2000 quarter-finals: Netherlands 6-1 Yugoslavia

The Dutch encountered Yugoslavia in the quarter-finals and eliminated them by a 6-1 destruction. This was one of the

most goals of a single game in Euro history

and it still remains the only occasion in EURO finals history when a team has netted six goals.

Patrick Kluivert scored a hat-trick as he stroke three goals with his terrific potential of having eyes only for the back of the net. while Marc Overmars scored a brace for the Netherlands as well.

On the flip side, Dejan Govedarica scored an own goal for Yugoslavia and Savo Milosevic's scoring just brought a late consolation for them.

Six goals – Eight times

Six goals were scored in eight matches of Euro tournaments as they could be included in the list of our

most goals of a single game in Euro history

while two of the records took place just very recently in Euro 2020. 

1996 group stage: Russia 3-3 Czech Republic

In this game, Jan Suchopárek and Pavel Kuka scorings sent the Czech Republic competing into a two-goal lead but just for half a time.

Russia

launched a spectacular fightback with Aleksandr Mostovoi and Omari Tetradze drawing them level. Then Vladimir Beschastnykh scoring put them in front just with five minutes left.

Finally, Substitute Vladimír Šmicer scored when 2 minutes were only remaining to send the Czech Republic through to the quarter-finals by the skin of their teeth.

1976 semi-finals: Yugoslavia 2-4 West Germany (aet)

As West Germany beat Yugoslavia 2-4, the six goals scored in the game appeared to be another record of the most goals scored in one Euro tournament.

In the initial half-hour times of the game, West Germany conceded two goals as the holders' title defence was on the rocks. Afterwards, when just eight minutes were left, Heinz Flohe and substitute Dieter Müller drew the level and brought a rush of comfort for West Germany.

Then Müller put away two more goals in the last six minutes of extra time so as to complete his hat-trick and secure West Germany's triumph.

2000 group stage: Yugoslavia 3-3 Slovenia

In the first hour of the game,

Slovenia

were 3-0 up following scoring two goals of Zlatko Zahovič and Miran Pavlin's header.

But they also had a man advantage as Siniša Mihajlović was dismissed on the hour. Yet, Yugoslavia managed to score on the minutes of 67, 70 and 73 minutes, hauled the game back to 3-3.

2004 group stage: Croatia 2-4 England

Although

England

was behind early on, the goal of Paul Scholes drew them level until Rooney's brace led England to come from behind and beat Croatia in Lisbon.

Both sides tried their utmost to change the results as Tudor scored for Croatia in 73' while Lampard scored for England in 79' too as the number of goals scored in the game turned out to be one of the most goals of a single game in Euro history. But Rooney had already secured his side progress beyond the group stage for the first time away from home.

2012 quarter-finals: Germany 4-2 Greece

The goal of Giorgios Samaras for Germany, drew them level to cancel out  Philipp Lahm's opener just ten minutes after the interval.

Yet, during only 14 minutes, three goals were scored by Sami Khedira, Miroslav Klose and Marco Reus. Dimitris Salpingidis's late penalty was just a sparkle of consolation for Greece.

Although Germany grabbed a triumph, here again, their 15th successive competitive victory was finished as Italy beat them in the last four.

2016 group stage: Hungary 3-3 Portugal

Notwithstanding the fact that Hungary was ahead of Portugal three times, miserably each time they were pegged back. First, Zoltán Gera opened the scoring for Hungary, afterwards, Nani drew the levels before half-time.

Then Balázs Dzsudzsák put away two deflected goals following the break, however,

Cristiano Ronaldo

equalised twice, as he became the first player to ever score in four UEFA EURO editions and earned a  record-breaking 17th cap in final tournaments as well.

Finally, his sides were through by the skin of their teeth; and three weeks later, they managed to become European champions.

2020 group stage: Portugal 2-4 Germany

As

Germany

previously was beaten by France, they were in desperate need of triumph in their encounter's against Portugal, however, Cristiano Ronaldo's opener aggravated their condition.

Then two own goals in the period of four minutes in the first half put Germany 2-1 up as they never came back after that. Moreover, Havertz and Gosens got the third and fourth goals for Germany.

As Gosens was the dominating figure who was involved in almost every goal of Germans, he became the man of the match for his ecstatic performance.

Finally, Diogo Jota's reply was just a sort of consolation for Portugal, yet the six goals scored turned out to be one of the most goals of a single game in Euro history.

2020 round of 16: France 3-3 Switzerland (aet, pens: 4-5)

In one of the

highest-scoring days in Euro history

, France was beaten 4-5 by Switzerland on penalties following a thrilling 3-3 draw even after extra time.

Haris Seferović's towering header led Switzerland to take a half-time lead but Karim Benzema's double and a sparkling Paul Pogba attempt seemed to have sent France through.

Although back came the Nati, as Seferović and Mario Gavranović sent the competition to extra time and, finally, penalties.

Eventually, it was Switzerland Goalkeeper Yann Sommer who saved the tenth spot-kick of the shoot-out from Kylian Mbappé to led them to grab their first-ever triumph in the knockout stages.

 

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