When Stuart Pearce went wild

22/06/1996: England 0-0 Spain

(aet, England win 4-2 on pens)

The tension inside Wembley was palpable as England, buoyed by a convincing 4-1 victory over the Netherlands in their last group game, laboured against a promising Spain. The Iberians were twice denied by an offside flag before carving open the England defence moments before half-time. Extra time was required, with the golden goal in play for the first time. It was not forthcoming, though, and England claimed a rare penalty shoot-out win best remembered for Stuart Pearce's celebration as he exorcised the ghost of his miss in the 1990 World Cup.


David Beckham’s costly miss

24/06/2004: Portugal 2-2 England

(aet; Portugal win 6-5 on pens)

A game that had everything. Michael Owen put England ahead in Lisbon with an almost balletic goal but England lost 18-year-old wonderkid Wayne Rooney to injury and Hélder Postiga equalised. Sol Campbell had a 90th-minute effort ruled out and Rui Costa struck for Portugal in extra time, only for England's Frank Lampard to force penalties. In a typically tense shoot-out, David Beckham missed and Ricardo saved from Darius Vassell, as Portugal prevailed.


Greece glory recalled

25/06/2004: France 0-1 Greece

This one is included more for shock value than anything. Nobody could have predicted that Greece would not just beat France for the first time in their history, but go on to win the championship. Greece believed they had the advantage in Lisbon when Giorgos Karagounis's inswinging free-kick was met at the far post by Kostas Katsouranis but goalkeeper Fabien Barthez was adjudged to have prevented the whole ball crossing the line. However, with France toiling, Angelos Charisteas's 65-minute goal settled it ... and the rest is history.


RUstU's Turkish delight

21/06/2008: Croatia 1-1 Turkey

(aet, Turkey win 3-1 on pens)

Where to start? Turkey reached their first Euro semi-final as a fine match in Vienna was decided on penalties after the two sides had swapped goals in the final moments of extra time. Ivan Klasni? nodded in Luka Modri?'s cross with a minute of the overtime period to play. Yet, for the third game running, Turkey hit back late on to force the first shoot-out of the finals when Semih ?entürk drove in via a deflection. They promptly triumphed 3-1 on penalties, Rü?tü Reçber saving Mladen Petri?'s kick following earlier misses from Modri? and Ivan Rakiti?.