EURO opening games: First goals, results, scorers (part 1)

Let’s look back at the scores, opening goals, and venues of the games that got each UEFA European Championship started.

1960: France 4-5 Yugoslavia, Parc des Princes, Paris

Vincent 12, Heutte 43 62, Wisniewski 53; Galić 11, Žanetić 55, Knez 75, Jerković 78 79

Opening goal: Milan Galić’s early strike against France in Paris set the 1960 competition alight. However, Yugoslavia’s one-goal advantage lasted less than 60 seconds as Les Bleus promptly equalized.

1964: Spain 2-1 Hungary, aet, Estádio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid

Pereda 35, Amancio 112; Bene 84

Opening goal: Jesús María Pereda netted a goal for La Roja 35 minutes into the Madrid semi-final. The Spain midfielder praised his team-mates for working well as a unit and soon they would be champions.

1968: Italy 0-0 Soviet Union, Stadio San Paolo, Naples

Opening goal: The tournament’s first goal did not come in Naples but later on the opening day of action, in Florence, where Yugoslavia’s Dragan Džajić jabbed in a winner 4 minutes from time against England.

1972: Belgium 1-2 West Germany, Bosuilstadion, Antwerp

Polleunis 83; Müller 24 71

Opening goal: West Germany ace Gerd Müller topped off a darting run by glancing over Belgium’s goalkeeper, claiming the competition’s first goal.

1976: Czechoslovakia 3-1 Netherlands, aet, Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb

Ondruš 19, 73, Nehoda 114, Veselý 118

Yugoslavia 2-4 West Germany, aet, Stadion Rajko Mitić, Belgrade

Popivoda 19, Džajić 30; Flohe 64, Müller 82 115 119

Opening goals: Both semi-finals started at the same time and the first goal in each game was scored in the 19th minute: Danilo Popivoda for Yugoslavia and Anton Ondruš for Czechoslovakia.

1980: Czechoslovakia 0-1 West Germany, Stadio Olimpico, Rome

Rummenigge 57

Opening goal: Karl-Heinze Rummenigge of West Germany flung himself at Hansi Müller’s lofted cross to nod in at the back post, sealing Die Mannschaft’s opening victory.