EURO opening games: First goals, results, scorers (part 2)

1984: France 1-0 Denmark, Parc des Princes, Paris

Platini 78

Opening goal: France were rewarded for their persistence in trying to pierce the Denmark midfield when, with the Danes failing to clear, Michel Platini arrived on the edge of the box to spear in – via a deflection.

1988: West Germany 1-1 Italy, Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf

Brehme 55; Mancini 52

Opening goal: Roberto Mancini‘s first Azzurri goal in 14 appearances came against the host nation, as he rounded off an Italian attack from the right flank by striking on the turn at close range.

1992: Sweden 1-1 France, Råsunda Stadium, Solna

Eriksson 24; Papin 58

Opening goal: Jan Eriksson‘s powerful header broke the deadlock in 1992. Unmarked, the centre-half bombed into the penalty area to meet Anders Limpar’s floated corner and give Sweden an early lead.

1996: England 1-1 Switzerland, Wembley Stadium, London

Shearer 23; Türkyilmaz 83pen

Opening goal: Alan Shearer latched onto Paul Ince’s through ball to put England ahead. The front-man timed his run to perfection before flashing high into the net – ending a 21-month international goal drought.

2000: Belgium 2-1 Sweden, King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels

Goor 43, Mpenza 46; Mjällby 53

Opening goal: Bart Goor’s one-man effort sent the Red Devils in front. Winning back his own misplaced pass, the winger made strides towards the Swedish penalty box, where he buried a low shot.

2004: Portugal 1-2 Greece, Estádio do Dragão, Porto

Ronaldo 90+3; Karagounis 7, Basinas 51pen

Opening goal: Giorgios Karagounis shocked hosts Portugal, rippling the net seven minutes into the tournament curtain-raiser. Sweeping up a untidy clearance, the midfielder rifled past Ricardo from 25 metres.

2008: Switzerland 0-1 Czech Republic, St.Jakob-Park, Basel

Svĕrkoš 71

Opening goal: A mighty upfield header landed perfectly for the breaking Václav Svĕrkoš – a second-half substitute – who kept his composure and dispatched a low effort into the Swiss bottom corner.

2012: Poland 1-1 Greece, Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw

Lewandowski 17; Salpingidis 51

Opening goal: Heading in from Jakub Błaszczykowski’s searching cross, Robert Lewandowski described his “unimaginable” joy at snatching the finals’ first goal in front of the home crowd.

2016: France 2-1 Romania, Stade de France, Saint-Denis

Giroud 57, Payet 89; Stancu 65pen

Opening goal: Centre-forward Olivier Giroud rose highest to beat the Romanian goalkeeper to Dimitri Payet’s devilish in-swinging delivery and head home France’s first of the campaign.