Tuesday, 2 November 2010



1. Spain and Russia, who finished 3rd and 4th in the group respectively. Spain beat Russia, drew with Greece and lost to Portugal, while Russia were the only team in the tournament to inflict a defeat on Greece in the final round of group matches, having lost their first two games.

2. David Beckham. England were already a goal to the good and looking to bury the game, but Fabian Barthez beat Beckham's penalty away and France went on to snatch a highly unlikely and dramatic victory with two injury-time goals from Zinedine Zidane.

3. Milan Baros of the Czech Republic was the top scorer at Euro 2004 with five goals; three in the group stages and two more in a 3-0 quarter-final victory against Denmark. Defeat against Greece in the semi-final followed.

4. Seven. In the opening match Greece beat Portugal 2-1. In every subsequent match they scored one goal, securing a draw with Spain in their second match before losing 2-1 to Russia in their final group game. They then won each of their three knock-out ties - against France, the Czech Republic and Portugal - courtesy of a single goal.

5. England and Sweden, both in the quarter-finals. England were beaten 6-5 on penalties by Portugal following a 2-2 draw, whilst Sweden lost 5-4 in their shootout against the Dutch after a goalless 120 minutes. The winners met each other in the semi-final, with hosts Portugal emerging victorious.

6. Latvia. Euro 2004 was the first major tournament that the Baltic Republic had qualified for, and although they finished bottom in their group, they secured a creditable 0-0 draw against Germany and only lost narrowly (2-1) to the group winners the Czech Republic.

7. Angelos Charisteas. His header in the 57th minute of the Final became the most important goal ever scored in the history of Greek football as it was enough to secure the European Championship for his country. It was Charisteas's third goal of the tournament.

8. England and Sweden both notched up eight goals in their three group games. England beat Croatia 4-2 in their final group game to secure qualification and Sweden's tally was helped by a 5-0 thrashing of Bulgaria in their opening game.

9. The Czech Republic won all three of their group matches. They opened with a 2-1 success against Euro debutants Latvia before impressively overcoming Holland (3-2) and Germany (2-1) to top the group and qualify in style.

10. Portuguese goalkeeper Ricardo was the hero in the penalty competition against England. With the score locked at 5-5, the shootout went into sudden death. Ricardo saved a weak effort from the English substitute Darius Vassell and then buried his own shot in the corner to send the hosts through to the last four.

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