England, France, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Wales

The UEFA EURO 2020 quarter-finals will have to go a bit to match the quarter-finals, but with stakes so high, lots of drama is pretty sure.

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We look back on six fantastic bands at this stage since a quarter-final round was introduced with the tournament’s expansion to 16 teams in 1996.

22/06/1996: England 0-0 Spain (aet, England wins 4-2 on pencils)

Paul Gascoigne from England / Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

The tension inside Wembley was palpable as England, with a brilliant 4-1 victory over the Netherlands in their latest group game, worked against a promising Spain. La Roja was twice denied an offside flag before chopping out the England defense moments before half-time; Javier Manjarín was transparent but hesitated long enough for David Seaman to block.

Extra time was required, with the golden goal in play for the first time. However, it was not forthcoming, and England claimed a rare penalty shootout best remembered for Stuart Pearce’s celebration when he pulled out the ghost of his miss in the 1990 FIFA World Cup semi-final against West Germany.

25/06/2000: Spain 1-2 France

Zinedine Zidane passes Spain’s Pep Guardiola / Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

France was the dominant team in 2000 and eventual winner of the tournament, but Spain ever pushed them so close in the Bruges quarterfinals. Zinédine Zidane put Les Bleus on the road just after half an hour, but Gaizka Mendieta’s place kick restored parity.

France were back in front before the interval after a Patrick Vieira run was limited by an even better finish from Youri Djorkaeff. Spain squandered a lovely late chance to force extra time when Raúl González sent a penalty over the crossbar. France continued to lift the crown in exciting style.

24/06/2004: Portugal 2-2 England (aet, Portugal wins 6-5 on pencils)

It would be a heartache for England / Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

A game that had it all. Michael Owen put England ahead in Lisbon with an almost ballet goal – becoming the first England player to score in four major tournaments – but England lost 18-year-old wonderkid Wayne Rooney to injury and Hélder Postiga equalized.

Sol Campbell had a 90-minute effort ruled out and Rui Costa struck for Portugal in overtime, just for England’s Frank Lampard to earn penalties. In a typically tense shootout, David Beckham missed and Ricardo saved from Darius Vassell before sensationally converting himself, as Portugal won in sudden death.

25/06/2004: France 0-1 Greece

Greek players celebrate / Claudio Villa / Getty Images

This one is included more for shock value than anything. No one could have predicted that Greece would not only beat France for the first time ever but also continue to win the championship.

Greece thought they had the advantage in Lisbon when Giorgos Karagounis’ free kick was met at the far end by Kostas Katsouranis but goalkeeper Fabien Barthez was judged to have prevented the whole ball from crossing the line. But when France struggled, Angelos Charistea’s 65-minute goal decided it … and the rest was history.

21/06/2008: Croatia 1-1 Turkey (aet, Turkey wins 3-1 on pencils)

A historic night for Turkey / Clive Mason / Getty Images

Where to start? Turkey booked their first EURO semi-final as a fine match in Vienna was decided on penalties after the two sides had exchanged goals in the closing moments of extra time. First, Ivan Klasnić nodded in Luka Modrić’s cross with one minute left in the overtime period.

Still, for the third game that was run, Turkey hit back even later to force the first shot of the final when Semih Şentürk drove in via a deflection. They then went on to win 3-1 on penalties, Rüştü Reçber saved Mladen Petric’s kick after previous misses by Modrić and Ivan Rakitić.

2016-07-01: Wales 3-1 Belgium

Hal Robson-Kanu celebrates his remarkable goal / Chris Brunskill Ltd / Getty Images

Given that Wales only took part in their second major tournament, 58 years after the first, few thought they could compare their run to the 1958 World Cup quarter-finals, let alone better. Especially when fate paired them with a Belgian side stacked with stellar talent, who duly took a 13-minute lead through Radja Nainggolan’s long-range ball.

But in half an hour in Lille, Ashley Williams nodded in Aaron Ramsey’s corner and ten minutes into the second half, a player who had entered the final without a club, Hal Robson-Kanu, turned brilliantly into the box and shot in. pressed, but Welsh substitute Sam Vokes settled the matter with five minutes left. “You dream of such nights,” says boss Chris Coleman. Wales fell to eventual champions Portugal in the semi-finals and had already achieved the seemingly impossible.

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