EURO on this day: 1 July
Thursday 1 July 2021
On this day: Defender Traianos Dellas scored a silver goal to send Greece into the 2004 final.
EURO On This Day: Classic goals from 1 July
Greece 1-0 Czech Republic
2004 semi-finals, Porto
Greece continued their incredible march to UEFA EURO 2004 glory with this absorbing semi-final triumph, Traianos Dellas heading in the silver goal at the end of the first half of extra time.
The Czech Republic came close to the victory so many had predicted, Tomáš Rosický volleying against the woodwork inside two minutes. But Otto Rehhagel's dogged side, 100-1 outsiders before the finals, dug in again and then, when it was least expected, came the counter. Vassilios Tsiartas swung over a corner and Dellas nipped in to steer in a header at the near post and send the Greeks and their fans into ecstasy.
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Other EURO fixtures on 1 July
2012 final: Spain 4-0 Italy
2016 quarter-finals: Wales 3-1 Belgium
Links and trivia
EURO 2016 highlights: Belgium 0-2 Italy
• Opposing managers Martínez and Mancini were in charge of Wigan Athletic and Manchester City respectively in the 2013 FA Cup final, Wigan winning 1-0 to claim their only major trophy; Mancini left City two days later.
• Lukaku was an Italian title winner with Internazionale in 2020/21, scoring 24 league goals.
• Lukaku signed for the Milan club in 2019, with Nicolò Barella and Alessandro Bastoni among his team-mates.
• Lukaku has faced Italy's Gianluigi Donnarumma in four Milan derbies as an Inter player, scoring in each one.
• Dries Mertens joined Napoli in 2013 and is now the club's all-time record scorer with 135 goals. His current team-mates in Naples include Lorenzo Insigne (2013–), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (2019–) and Alex Meret (2018–).
• Mertens has scored three Serie A goals past AC Milan's Donnarumma.
• Have also played in Italy:
Thomas Vermaelen (Roma 2016/17).
Dennis Praet (Sampdoria 2016–19)
Timothy Castagne (Atalanta 2017–20)
• A Ciro Immobile goal helped Lazio to a 3-1 home win against a Borussia Dortmund side including Thomas Meunier and Axel Witsel in the UEFA Champions League group stage on 20 October 2021. The Italy striker also scored a penalty in the 1-1 draw in Dortmund with Thorgan Hazard starting for the German side and Witsel coming on as a substitute.
• Have played together:
Thomas Meunier & Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain 2016–20)
Thomas Vermaelen & Emerson (Roma 2016/17)
Timothy Castagne & Leonardo Spinazzola, Bryan Cristante (Atalanta 2017/18)
Timothy Castagne & Rafael Tolói (Atalanta 2017–20)
Eden Hazard & Emerson (Chelsea 2018–19)
Eden Hazard & Jorginho (Chelsea 2018/19)
Dries Mertens & Jorginho (Napoli 2014–18)
• Jorginho's Chelsea defeated Kevin De Bruyne's Manchester City 1-0 in the 2021 UEFA Champions League final in Porto.
• De Bruyne had scored the first of City's four goals in the semi-final against a Paris Saint-Germain side featuring Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi.
• Youri Tielemans scored the winning goal for Leicester City in the 2021 FA Cup final against Jorginho's Chelsea (1-0). Castagne also played for Leicester, with Praet an unused substitute – as was Emerson for Chelsea.
Belgium team-mates quiz
• Belgium's record in competitive penalty shoot-outs is W1 L0:
5-4 v Spain, 1986 FIFA World Cup quarter-final
• Italy's shoot-out record is W4 L7:
8-9 v Czechoslovakia, 1980 UEFA European Championship third-place play-off
3-4 v Argentina, 1990 FIFA World Cup semi-final
2-3 v Brazil, 1994 FIFA World Cup final
3-4 v France, 1998 FIFA World Cup quarter-final
3-1 v Netherlands, UEFA EURO 2000 semi-final
5-3 v France, 2006 FIFA World Cup final
2-4 v Spain, UEFA EURO 2008 quarter-final
4-2 v England, UEFA EURO 2012 quarter-final6-7 v Spain, 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final
3-2 v Uruguay, 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup third-place play-off
5-6 v Germany, UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final
• Italy have been involved in shoot-outs at each of the last three EURO final tournaments.
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• Belgium's round of 16 win against Portugal put them into their fourth successive major tournament quarter-final. They were defeated at this stage in the 2014 FIFA World Cup (1-0 by Argentina) and UEFA EURO 2016 (3-1 by Wales) but won their most recent last-eight encounter, 2-1 against Brazil at the 2018 World Cup.
• This is the first time that Belgium have ever won four successive matches at a EURO final tournament.
• In beating Denmark 2-1 in Copenhagen on Matchday 2, Belgium became the first team to come from behind and win at UEFA EURO 2020. The subsequent wins against Finland in Saint Petersburg and Portugal in Seville have stretched their perfect record in this competition, qualifiers included, to 14 wins out of 14, with 48 goals scored and just four conceded.
• Thorgan Hazard's winning strike against Portugal was his second goal in successive UEFA EURO 2020 encounters, the Borussia Dortmund player having also scored the equaliser against Denmark – his first at a tournament. He missed the final group game against Finland.
• Belgium's opening 3-0 win against Russia was their joint biggest victory in a EURO finals group game, matching the one by the same scoreline against the Republic of Ireland on Matchday 2 of UEFA EURO 2016. Their biggest win was 4-0 against Hungary in the round of 16 five years ago.
• Belgium have the most experienced squad at UEFA EURO 2020, which now contains five players with 100 or more caps, Dries Mertens having joined Jan Vertonghen, Axel Witsel, Toby Alderweireld and Eden Hazard by reaching his century against Denmark.
• Roberto Martínez's side were held to a 1-1 draw by Greece in the first of their two pre-UEFA EURO 2020 Brussels friendlies on 3 June, Thorgan Hazard's first-half strike proving insufficient for victory, but they returned to winning ways three days later by defeating Croatia 1-0 thanks to Romelu Lukaku's 60th international goal.
• Lukaku's double against Russia was his 17th for Belgium; he has scored two hat-tricks. The goal against Finland was his record-extending 63rd for his country.
• Thomas Meunier's goal against Russia was his second in successive final tournament appearances, the wing-back having found the net for Belgium against England in the third place play-off of the 2018 FIFA World Cup (2-0) – a game also staged at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.
• Kevin De Bruyne's winner against Denmark was his first goal at the EURO finals, on his sixth appearance, and third in tournament football, the Manchester City midfielder having also scored at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.
• The Red Devils have now won 23 of their last 27 matches, the only defeat in that sequence coming against England at Wembley in the UEFA Nations League on 11 October 2020 (1-2), which makes them unbeaten in their last 13 (W11 D2). Despite that setback Belgium qualified for the UEFA Nations League finals in Italy later this year and will meet world champions France in the second semi-final in Turin on 7 October.
• Belgium's squad contains newly-crowned league title winners from England (De Bruyne, Manchester City), Italy (Lukaku, Internazionale) and Spain (Yannick Carrasco, Atlético de Madrid) as well as a Belgian champion in Club Brugge's Hans Vanaken. They also boast three 2020/21 domestic cup winners apiece from Dortmund (Thorgan Hazard, Meunier and Witsel) and Leicester City (Timothy Castagne, Dennis Praet and final match-winner Youri Tielemans).
• No fewer than 15 of Belgium's 23-man squad from UEFA EURO 2016 and 18 of their 2018 FIFA World Cup squad have returned to participate in this event. The only major tournament freshmen for UEFA EURO 2020 are Vanaken, Castagne, Praet, Matz Sels, Leandro Trossard, Jérémy Doku and goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski, who on 29 June was added to the squad to replace the injured Simon Mignolet.
• Castagne was ruled out of the tournament after sustaining facial fractures in Belgium's opening match against Russia. De Bruyne and Eden Hazard were both forced to leave the field with injuries against Portugal.
• Every one of Belgium's 24 outfield players has seen action in the team's first four UEFA EURO 2020 matches, with just back-up goalkeepers Sels, Mignolet and Kaminski yet to make an appearance.
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• Italy's round of 16 win against Austria was their 12th in succession, though Austria's late consolation at Wembley was the first conceded by Roberto Mancini's side during that run.
• The Azzurri are now unbeaten in 31 internationals (W26 D5), breaking a national record that had lasted since the 1930s. Their last defeat was 1-0 against Portugal in Lisbon in the UEFA Nations League on 10 September 2018.
• Italy had never scored more than two goals in a EURO finals match before this tournament, but they managed three in both of their opening two games. The only other EURO in which they won all three group encounters was in 2000, when they also kicked off with a win against Turkey (2-1) before beating Belgium (2-0) and Sweden (2-1) and going on to finish as runners-up to France.
• Ciro Immobile is one cap short of 50 for Italy and set to become only the third member of Mancini's squad to reach the half-century. The Lazio striker is also the top scorer in Italy's party, having found the net on five of his last six starts for the Azzurri to take his all-time international goal tally to 15.
• Manuel Locatelli's double against Switzerland on Matchday 2 was the first of his professional career. He had only scored once previously for Italy, in a FIFA World Cup qualifier away to Bulgaria in March this year (2-0).
• Federico Chiesa's goal against Austria was just his second for Italy on his 29th appearance, the only previous one having completed the scoring in the Azzurri's closing 9-1 UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying win against Armenia.
• Matteo Pessina, a late addition to Italy's squad following the withdrawal of injured Stefano Sensi, scored the winning goals against both Wales and Austria, having notched his first two at international level in a pre-tournament 7-0 friendly win against San Marino.
• Gaetano Castrovilli, who won the second of his three caps against San Marino, 18 months after his debut, replaced the injured Lorenzo Pellegrini in the squad on the eve of the tournament.
• All but one of the 26 players in Mancini's squad has made it on to the field of play so far at UEFA EURO 2020, goalkeeper Alex Meret the exception.
• Among the seven Italy players selected for both UEFA EURO 2016 and this tournament are skipper Giorgio Chiellini, who is appearing in his fourth successive EURO finals, and Leonardo Bonucci and Salvatore Sirigu, who are both involved in their third. The other survivors from five years ago are Federico Bernardeschi, Alessandro Florenzi, Immobile and Matchday 1 goalscorer Lorenzo Insigne.
• Bonucci made his 15th EURO finals appearance against Austria, one more than injured team-mate Chiellini, the man he has replaced as captain. Only Gianluigi Buffon (17) has made more in the tournament for Italy.
• Chiellini and Bonucci are the only members of the Italy squad to have scored at any previous major tournament, the former having found the net against both Brazil at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and Spain at UEFA EURO 2016, while the latter was the Azzurri's scorer from the penalty spot in the 2016 quarter-final against Germany.
• Italy will host the final stages of the UEFA Nations League in the autumn. They take on Spain in the first of the semi-finals in Milan on 6 October.
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