Your Daily Dose: 8 Euro Championship highlights

1. COIN TOSS, 1968

Extra time could not separate hosts Italy and the Soviet Union in the semi-final and in the pre-penalty shoot-out era, a lottery was used to settle such stalemates.

And this was Italy skipper Giacinto Facchetti’s side of the coin: “I went up with the Russian captain (Albert Shesternyov), and we went down to the dressing rooms together, accompanied by two administrators from the two teams. The referee pulled out an old coin and I called tails. It was the right call and Italy were through to the final. I went racing upstairs as the stadium was still full and about 70,000 fans were waiting to hear the result. My celebrations told them that they could celebrate an Italian victory.”

It was not clear if Shesternyov tried to plead for a best-of-three, but hosts Italy went on to draw 1-1 with Yugoslavia after extra time in the final. This time, a replay was called and the Italians won 2-0 for their first and only European title.


It was unclear whether anyone else had attempted the audacious act before he did, but Antonin Panenka certainly brought the move into public consciousness.

In the final, Czechoslovakia had seen West Germany come back to level from 2-0 down, but held on for the shoot-out. The first seven kickers converted but Uli Hoeness blazed over the bar, which gave Czech midfielder Panenka the chance to help his country win its first major football title.

His body posture looked like he would shoot into the corner, causing German goalkeeper Sepp Maier to dive to his left, but he calmly chipped the ball down the middle instead. Panenka was no longer just a name, but a signature move many have tried to pull off since. Watch:


They were not even supposed to be there, as Denmark finished second to Yugoslavia in the qualifiers at a time when only group winners progressed to the tournament.

But after the Uefa ban on war-torn Yugoslavia, the Danes just went on and on. They beat France in their last group match with a 78th-minute goal to squeak into the semi-finals, where Peter Schmeichel saved a penalty from Dutch legend Marco van Basten in the shoot-out.

Even world champions Germany could not stop the Danes from blasting their way to a fairy-tale finish with a 2-0 win in the final. Watch:


England’s Paul Gascoigne produced a moment of magic when he flicked the ball over Colin Hendry with his left foot and volleyed past Andy Goram with his right to seal a 2-0 group win over Scotland.

The celebration was no less iconic as he laid on the turf while his teammates squirted water into his mouth, seemingly mocking the reports of his “dentist’s chair” drinking game during a pre-tournament trip to Hong Kong. Watch:

5. THE SHINNER, 1988

We had seen our fair share of spectacular goals but every now and then, an unusual one emerged.

Ireland’s Mick McCarthy launched a booming throw into the centre, and while it was…

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