An abundance of dramatic conclusions to Euro 2016 games

Thus far in the 24 games played at Euro 2016, there have been 13 goals scored after the 85th minute.

Starting the trend of late drama which is continuing to unfold at the finals were hosts France. Labouring to a 1-1 draw against Romania in the opening game of the tournament, Dimitri Payet scored a wonderful winning goal in the 89th minute.

Whilst that late goal proved to be decisive, six of the other 12 late goals have either secured a draw or win for the scoring team, as demonstrated by those emboldened within the list which trails.

 

Group A – France 2 – 0 Albania – Greizmann 90, Payet 90+6

 

Group B – England 1 – 1 Russia – Berezutski 90+2

England 2 – 1 Wales – Sturridge 90+1

 

Group C – Germany 2 – 0 Ukraine – Schweinsteiger 90+2

Ukraine 0 – 2 Northern Ireland – McGinn 90+5

 

Group D – Spain 1 – 0 Czech Republic – Pique 86

Czech Republic 2 – 2 Croatia – Necid 89 pen

 

Group E – Belgium 0 – 2 Italy – Pelle 90+2

Italy 1 – 0 Sweden – Eder 88

 

Group F – Austria 0 – 2 Hungary – Steiber 87

Iceland 1 – 1 Hungary – Saevarsson 87 o.g

Ironically the 13th of the aforementioned late goals was particularly unfortunate since it arrived when Iceland’s Birkir Saevarsson diverted a cross from Hungary’s Nemanja Nikolic into his own net in the 87th minute of the 1-1 draw between the two teams.

The most significant of the other late goals was the one scored by Northern Ireland’s Niall McGinn. With his team leading the Ukraine 1-0 after 95 minutes and 52 seconds, McGinn stroked home the latest ever goal scored in normal time of a European Championship match.

Ultimately the level of late drama unfolding so far at Euro 2016 is unprecedented for a major international competition and has been a main feature of what is proving to be a highly entertaining tournament.

 

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