Switzerland -- Croatia (0-0)
A second yellow card for Johann Vogel reduced
Switzerland to 10 men for most of the second half and the scrappy contest remained
France -- England (2-1)
David Beckham's free-kick from the right was headed in
by Frank Lampard, six minutes before the break, to give England a half-time lead.
England were presesented with a golden
opportunity to put the game out of France's reach in the 72nd minute, when Wayne Rooney
was brought down while on a flying run into the penalty area. David Beckham took the
penalty too quickly and Fabien Barthez saved it.
The England captain's Real Madrid team-mate,
Zinedine Zidane, produced an injury time double whammy with a direct free-kick and
spot-kick to make David Beckham's penalty miss look all the worse. A classic match.
Friday, 25th June
France -- Greece (0-1) 0-1 (Angelos Charisteas 65)
France looked inaffective against Greece and
paid the price, when Angelos Charisteas' 65th minute lead couldn't be reversed.
Wednesday, 30th June: Match 29 Portugal vs. Holland (2-1) 1-0 (Cristiano Ronaldo 26) 2-0 (Nuno Maniche 58) 2-1 (Jorge Andrade, own goal, 63)
A Jorge Andrade own-goal, in the 63rd minute,
wasn't enough to get Holland back into this game and the Portuguese defender was thankful
that his team held onto their lead.
Cristiano Ronaldo headed in a Deco corner in
the first half and Nuno Maniche scored one of the goals of the tournament, four minutes
before Jorge Andrade flicked the ball over his own keeper's head, to take the hosts into
the final and Scolari into the history books.
Thursday, 1st July: Match 30 Greece vs. Czech Republic (1-0) 1-0 (Traianos Dellas 105)
A silver goal from Greek defender Traianos Dellas, in the last second of the first period
of extra time, was enough to enough to put Greece into the final of Euro 2004.
Dellas headed home the only goal of the game,
from a corner by substitute Vassilis Tsartas, to set the fireworks off early in Athens.
Germany's Otto Rehhagel became the first
foreign trainer to win a major tournament for another country, as Greece proved that their
opening day win against Portugal was indeed no fluke.
Angelos Charisteas rose to head in a 57th
minute corner from Angelos Basinas as Ricardo tried to stumble into a Greek player, far
away from the goal-scoring action..... but the German referee, Markus Merk, was not as
gullible as Urs Maier.
European Football History
Looking back to the European Championship in Belgium and Holland.