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Euro 2004

Euro 2004

Group stage

Group A

Greece – Portugal 2-1 (12 June)
Hosts Portugal lost to Greece in the tournament’s opening match. Just in the 7-th minute of play, Georgios Karagounis opened the score from a turnover in midfield. In the 51-st minute, Basinas doubled the Greek lead from a penalty. Three minutes in overtime, Ronaldo headed in from a cross by Figo.

Russia – Spain 0-1 (12 June)
Spain earned three points by defeating Russia 1-0. The game started off energetically. As expected, Spain dominated in possession while Russia tried to interrupt their flow. Substitute Juan Carlos Valerón scored for Spain in the 60th minute.

Portugal vs Russia 2-0 (16 June)
Portugal looked impressive with their 2-0 victory over Russia. Maniche scored an early goal and Costa doubled the result from a cross by Christiano Ronaldo. This result meant that Russia would be going back home regardless of the outcome in their next match against Greece.

Spain – Greece 1-1 (16 June)
Greece defended in numbers while patiently waiting to counter. In the 28th minute Morientes opened the score. Greece came back in the 66th minute with a beautiful equalizer from Charisteas.

Greece – Russia 2-1 (20 June)
Surprise package Greece scraped through to the last eight of Euro 2004 despite losing to Russia. Greece needed just a point to progress but got off to the worst possible start when an error allowed Dmitri Kirichenko to steer a shot home after 68 seconds of play. It was the quickest goal in the history of the competition, and Dmitri Bulykin then made it two with a bullet header. A goal from Zisis Vryzas put Greece ahead of Group A rivals Spain.

Portugal – Spain 1-0 (20 June)
Portugal went through to the quarterfinals after defeating Spain 1-0. This encounter was set to be a heated affair, but the situation in Group A made it even more dramatic. Portugal would only qualify with a victory – a result that would eliminate Spain. The match stared out cautiously with Spain maintaining control. In the second half, substitute Gomes scored from 20 yards giving Portugal their first victory over Spain since 1981.

Group B

Switzerland – Croatia 0-0 (13 June)
Switzerland and Croatia settled for a single point in their encounter. Croatia missed on capitalizing from early opportunities. Early in the second half, Johann Vogel was sent off and the Swiss pulled back, giving away possession. With only 10 men on the field, Switzerland battled desperately in defense. In the final minutes of the match, frustrated Croatia nearly gave up a goal as Benjamin Huggel blasted a long-range shot, which was fumbled away for a corner by Butina.

England – France 1-2 (13 June)
England dramatically lost 2-1 from the defending Euro champion France. A header by Chelsea’s Lampard opened the score in the 38th minute. England’s captain Beckham missed a penalty in the middle of the second half that could have put away the French. One minute in overtime, Zidane finished from a wickedly curled free kick. After the goal, a poor back pass from Gerrard was intercepted by Henry. England’s James had no choice but to concede a last-gasp penalty by taking down the French-born Arsenal striker. Zidane was merciless from the penalty spot, nailing the final 2-1.

Croatia – France 2-2 (17 June)
In a dramatic battle, France drew against Croatia 2-2. The overtime victory against England had obviously fired the French squad and they started the game attacking with style and verve. The French opened the score from a set piece when Tudor unfortunately deflected the ball into his own net. French defender Silvestre reciprocated by giving away a penalty early in the second half. Rapaics finished the opportunity thus equalizing the game. Not long after, a poor clearance by Desailly put the Croatians ahead 2-1. The French responded with another goal when Trezeguet chased a poor back pass and keeper Butina rushed in trying to clear the ball. The ball hit the French striker’s hand, who settled it and easily rolled it into the empty net. Unfortunately for Croatia, the referee remained oblivious.

Engalnd – Switzerland 3-0 (17 June)
England took three important points by defeating Switzerland with a convincing 3-0. Wayne Rooney became the youngest player to score in the Euro by netting two goals in the 18th and 75th minute. Gerrard also put his name on the score sheet with a finish not long before the end of the match.Midway through the match, Switzerland’s Haas was given a second yellow card for a foul on Coles and was dismissed from the field.

Croatia – England 2-4 (21 June)
A Wayne Rooney brace and goals from Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard ensured England will meet Portugal in the quarter-finals of Euro 2004. England went behind in the sixth minute after Niko Kovac poked the ball home. But Scholes’ close-range header drew England level and Rooney then arrowed a shot past keeper Tomislav Butina. England took control of the game in the 68th minute when Rooney latched on to Owen’s pass and the Everton striker stroked the ball past Butina to claim his fourth goal of the tournament. In the 74 minute, Tudor pulled a goal back for Croatia with a header, but Lampard restored England’s two-goal advantage after he broke into the box with a surging run and then drilled the ball past Butina.This is the first time England progress beyond the group phase when the European Championship is staged outside of England.

Switzerland – France 1-3 (21 June)
Zinedine Zidane put France in front from a header after just 20 minutes of play and it appeared that Switzerland was toppled. Swiss teenager Johann Vonlathen became the youngest scorer in the tournament’s history by equalizing the score. However, Henry latched on to Louis Saha’s header after 76 minutes to slot home and settle French nerves.

Group C

Denmark – Italy 0-0 (14 June)
Denmark and Italy finished with a scoreless draw in the first match of Group C. Inspired goalkeeping and cautious play kept the scoresheet clean for the entire 90 minutes.Denmark’s Thomas Sørensen produced a stunning double save to deny Alessandro Del Piero and Francesco Totti just before half-time. Gianluigi Buffon emulated his opposite number to brilliantly keep out efforts in quick succession from Jon Dahl Tomasson and Dennis Rommedahl in the second half.

Bulgaria – Sweden 0-5 (14 June)
Bulgaria suffered a humiliating 5-0 loss to Sweden. The match started off evenly and the Bulgarians eventually assumed control of the ball. Sweden pulled back relying on fast counter attacks.After one turnover, the disorganized Bulgarian defense paid for its lack of cohesion in the 37th minute.Bulgaria fought back by dominating the possession but were reluctant to capitalize or do anything dangerous with it.By the second half, Sweden’s persistent counters became too much for the Bulgarian defense that slipped two quick consecutive goals. This disheartened the Bulgarian squad causing an out-pour of goals from Sweden.

Bulgaria – Denmark 0-2 (18 June)
Denmark deservedly defeated Bulgaria 2-0 who played one of the worst games ever witnessed at the Euro. Denmark dominated play and mounted wave after wave of attacks mostly through wing play. After a number of misses by Laursen and Gronkjaer, Tomasson finally struck home in the 44th minute from a notebook combination. The Danish maintained their raids on the Bulgarian goal but it wasn’t until 3 minutes of overtime that Gronkjaer sealed the final 2-0.

Italy – Sweden 1-1 (18 June)
Italy were held to a 1-1 draw by Sweden in a pulsating Group C match. A cheeky back-heeled goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic five minutes from overtime salvaged a point for the Swedes after Antonio Cassano’s first-half header had given Italy the lead. At this point, Sweden top the group on goal difference even though they and Denmark have four points from two matches, while Italy are third with two points.

Denmark – Sweden 2-2 (22 June)
Sweden and Denmark finished with a 2-2 draw in their last encounter of Group C. This promiscuous result assured the advancement of both nations requiring Italy to beat Bulgaria with more than three goals.The actual match between the two Scandinavian nations was exciting and seemed far from deliberate. Jon Dahl Tomasson had two brilliant goals while Henrik Larsson converted a penalty and Mattias Jonson scored the equalizer for the final 2-2.

Bulgaria – Italy 1-2 (22 June)
Regardless of defeating Bulgaria 2-1, Italy failed to advance past the group stage of Euro 2004. The Bulgarians started strong, opening the score from a penalty by Martin Petrov late in the first half. Italy responded by aggressively pressuring and managed to equalize early in the second half. Italy took control of the game missing a number of opportunities and pulling off another goal, practically at the end of the match.But this did not help them get through the next stage as Denmark and Sweden finished on top thanks to their favorable goal difference.

Group D

Czech Republic – Latvia 2-1 (15 June)
Thanks to two goals in the last 17 minutes, the Czech Republic narrowly defeated Latvia 2-1 at Aveiro. Verpakovskis opened the score at the end of the first half stunning the Czechs who up to that point were in control of the match.In the second period, Latvia tried to pack it in but the consistency of Nedved and his teammates eventually produced opportunities.The reigning Golden Ball holder had a dangerous shot himself in the 53rd minute but was denied by Kolinko. Not long after, Baroš equalized by exploiting the disorganization of the Latvian defense.With barely 5 minutes on the clock, Heinz volleyed in the winning goal for the Czechs.

Germany – Holland 1-1 (15 June)
The two favorites of Group D settled for a point in their head-to-head clash. Frings opened the score in the 30th minute from a wicked free kick.Germany could not preserve their lead and in the 81st minute an equalizer came from Ruud van Nistelrooij. Regardless of the goal, Kahn displayed his dominance throughout the whole match by denying a number of threats including a very dangerous attempt by Overmars.

Latvia – Germany 0-0 (19 June)
Throughout the opening exchanges, Latvia’s robust approach easily kept Germany at bay. With Freddie Bobic almost anonymous up front and Michael Ballack again subdued it wasn’t proving too difficult.Only Germany’s Philipp Lahm posed a threat, making some incisive overlaps down the left side. Workmanlike Latvia continued to contain their opponents. The draw gave Latvia their first point in Euro history.

Holland – Czech Republic 2-3 (19 June)
Czech Republic vs Holland was an enthralling encounter with all-out attacking instincts gushing from both sides. There were moments when Holland had three men back with seven options ahead of them eager to spring out the traps and race at Peter Cech’s goal. The Dutch were dominant, and relaxed, they even looked content with the world. A second goal was in the air and Ruud van Nistelrooy went looking for it with a melodramatic lurch to the ground in search of a penalty. It was an astounding 3-2 comeback by the Czech Republic, and with it group leadership was confirmed and deserved.

Germany – Czech Republic 1-2 (23 June)
The reserve squad of the Czech Republic defeated Germany 2-1.The Czechs came into the game as assured winners of Group D while Germany desperately needed three points.Germany started off with confidence missing a number of opportunities. A pile driver from Ballack fired Germany ahead but Heinz promptly equalized.Offensive creativity was lacking in Germany’s game and regardless of their tenacious attempts they could not produce another goal. Germany’s fruitless attempts left them exposed and Milan Baros put the Czechs ahead in the 75 minute.This is the second time ever that Germany has lost a European Championship match after having taken the lead. The Germans have now not won any of their last six Euro matches since beating the Czech Republic in the 1996 final.

Holland – Latvia 3-0 (23 June)
The Netherlands claimed their place in the quarterfinals, as a comfortable win against Latvia was combined with a German defeat by the Czech Republic. It was the first time these two countries had met and the Netherlands went on the offensive straight from the kick-off.In the 26 minute Vitalis Astafjevs was adjudged to have tripped Edgar Davids in the box. Van Nistelrooij stepped up and coolly slotted the ball low into the corner of the net. With news filtering from the stands that the Czech Republic had equalized against Germany, the Dutch players gained even more zip and doubled their lead. A free-kick from Seedorf wide on the left was met by Cocu at the back-post and his downward header was nodded over the line by Van Nistelrooij, who joined Wayne Rooney as joint top scorer in the finals so far. The icing on the cake came with Makaay’s goal six minutes from time after a superb jinking run by Robben.


Portugal – England 2-2 (6-5) (24 June)
In one of the most entertaining matches of Euro 2004, Portugal defeated England on penalties after drawing 2-2. England started off strong with Owen opening the score in the 3rd minute. Both sides played direct football creating many scoring opportunities. Portugal continued to press forward but it wasn’t until the 83rd minute that Simao’s cross from the left met the unmarked Postiga who sent the ball flying into the net off his shoulder. In the overtime period, both teams exchanged a goal forming the final 2-2. During the penalty shootout, David Beckham missed his second penalty of the tournament punting the ball wide and high from the goal. Another miss by Vassell and a cool finish by the Portuguese keeper Ricardo sealed the final 6-5 in favor of the hosts.

France – Greece 0-1 (25 June)
Defending champion France were eliminated by the tournament sensation Greece. Greece were lively and keen to work hard, and outplayed France in an uneventful first half. France came out with more verve in the second period and threatened with a host of chances, notably a late Thierry Henry header, but Greece held firm. A powerful header in the 67 minute from Angelos Charisteas stunned France. France were helpless in their attempts to recover regardless of their all-star team featuring Zidane, Henry, Trezeguet, Thuram and Makelele. After the match, Charisteas stated during the press conference that “This is the greatest moment in Greek football”.

Holland – Sweden 0-0 (5-4) (26 June)
Holland moved into the semi-finals of Euro 2004 after claiming their first ever penalty shoot-out victory in a major tournament after a 0-0 draw with Sweden in Faro-Loulé.Both Holland and Sweden played offensive football except that the Swedes constructed their attacks with speed while the Dutch concentrated on buildup.The game was fairly even and apart from a number of narrow misses neither side deserved to win after the first 90 minutes.By the end of the match and during overtime, Sweden looked tired but barely held off the final 0-0.In the penalty shootout, Ibrahimovic and Mellberg missed for Sweden while only Cocu was inaccurate for the Dutch.

Czech Republic – Denmark 3-0 (27 June)
The Czech Republic stormed over Denmark 3-0 eliminating them from the tournament and advancing to the semis.Everybody’s new favorite outsiders for Euro 2004 justified some of the growing belief that they can win their second European Championship with a performance that lasted in total just over a quarter of an hour. A scoreless and tense first half did not set the tone for the deluge of goals that followed, but Koller put the Czechs on their way four minutes into the second period when he rose unchallenged to head Karel Poborský’s corner past Thomas Sørensen in the Danish goal. Milan Baros quickly followed with two beautiful goals and the match was over for Denmark.


Greece – Czech Republic 1-0 (31 June)
Greece ripped up the form book by defeating tournament favorites Czech Republic with a silver goal. The Czech started off with confidence producing a number of chances. Tomas Rosicky struck the crossbar from a spectacular volley. The Greek defense and goalkeeper barely held their ground until the late first half when Pavel Nedved injured himself and limped off to be replaced by Vladimir Smicer. The Czech Republic continued their raids in the second half but could not finish. Jan Koller fired wide from 10 yards. Jankulovsky wasted another good opportunity as well.The match went into extra time.With the seconds ticking down to the end of the first extra period, Dellas lost his marker Bolf at the near post to glance home the winning header from a corner.

Portugal – Holland 2-1 (30 June)
Portugal sent the host nation into raptures by beating Holland to reach the final of Euro 2004. Cristiano Ronaldo escaped slack Dutch marking to head Portugal into a first-half lead. Luis Figo, who played a tremendous match, hit the post before Nuno Maniche doubled Portugal’s lead in the second half with a stunning strike. In the 63 minute, an own goal from Jorge Andrade handed the disappointing Dutch a lifeline but Portugal held out to reach their first final of a major championship. It was a nail-biting wait, but when the referee blew for full-time, the Portuguese were in a final at last – and the celebrations could begin.


Portugal – Greece 0-1 (4 July)
The final of Euro 2004 began with Greece retrieving into defense, leaving Portugal to take the early initiative in front of an expectant and fanatical home crowd. The hosts, however were repeatedly denied by the organized Greek defense and 57 minutes into the game a cross from Angelis Basinas put Greece ahead. In the tense second half, an inspired Traianos Dellas shut out Portugal’s attempts to equalize. After running down five minutes of injury time, Greece were officially allowed to raise the European title.

Portugal – Greece 0 – 1
Date 4 July 2004
Portugal Greece
Miguel (43′ Out)
Ricardo Carvalho
Nuno Valente
Costinha (60′ Out)
Pauleta (73′ Out)

Paulo Ferreira (43′ In)
Rui Costa (60′ In)
Nuno Gomes (73′ In)

Giannakopoulos (76′ Out)
Vryzas (81′ Out)

Venetidis (76′ In)
Papadopoulos (81′ In)

Updated: July 1, 2016
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