The 9 Euro ’96 Games You Should Definitely Re-Watch on ITV

There might not be any live football for us to watch, but ITV have come and saved the day by broadcasting the entirety of Euro 1996, which was undoubtedly one of the greatest European Championships of all time.

All 31 matches will be available to watch, but let’s be real, convincing your family to watch games like Bulgaria vs Romania isn’t going to be easy. If you’ve only got time to watch a few matches, there are some you cannot afford to miss out on.

Here are nine games from Euro ’96 you need to make sure you watch on ITV.

Italy 2-1 Russia (Group Stage)

Gianfranco Zola of Italy (number 21) attempts to go round Ilia Tsimbalar of Russia

Euro ’96 was not a good time for Italy. They failed to make it out of the group stage, and their 2-1 win over Russia in their opening game was a good example of their struggles.

The Italians were the better side and deservedly took an early lead through Pierluigi Casiraghi, but Russia soon hit back through Ilya Tsymbalar and quickly had Italy on the ropes. For a sizeable chunk of the game, it looked like the underdogs were going to get something. However, Italy reasserted their dominance thanks to strong showings from Roberto Donadoni and Paolo Maldini, and Casiraghi’s second goal was enough to get the job done.

It was a back-and-forth game which had moments of quality and moments of madness, which all contributed to an enthralling affair.

Scotland 0-2 England (Group Stage)

Paul Gascoigne

Meetings between rivals Scotland and England are usually entertaining, and the two sides’ clash at this tournament was no exception.

After an underwhelming 1-1 draw with Switzerland to kick off the tournament, England needed a moment of magic to really get things going, and they got a few of those in this one. Alan Shearer opened the scoring after the break, but the Three Lions needed to call on goalkeeper David Seaman to save a penalty and keep the dream alive.

Seaman did just that, and Paul Gascoigne went down the other end to net one of the goals of the tournament and celebrate with the infamous ‘Dentist’s Chair’. It was one of the most iconic moments in England history.

 Russia 0-3 Germany (Group Stage)

Russia v Germany

Eventual champions Germany showed everyone that they meant business with an dominant 3-0 victory over Russia in their second group stage game.

​The two sides were well matched in the first half and both created plenty of chances, and Russia easily could have taken the lead and made a game of it, but the Germans woke up after the break. Matthias Sammer opened the scoring, before a double from the inspiring Jürgen Klinsmann finished things off.

Add into the mix a Russian red card, and you’ve got all the makings of a thoroughly entertaining game of football. 

Croatia 3-0 Denmark (Group Stage)

Brian Laudrup of Denmark comes close to scoring as he hits the post

Croatia were supposed to be one of the dark horses at Euro ’96, and you only needed to watch their 3-0 win over Denmark in the group stage to understand why.

The main reason for their success was former Sevilla and ​Real Madrid striker Davor Šuker, who pulled out perhaps the finest individual performance of the entire tournament here. The second half was all about him as he first scored a penalty and then set up Zvonimir Boban, but he saved the best for last.

After threatening to lob Peter Schmeichel from halfway, he bagged a late second with a delicious chip over the Dane to cap off one of the tournament’s stellar showings.

England 4-1 Netherlands (Group Stage)

Teddy Sheringham

Was this the single greatest performance in England history?

Against one of the top sides at the tournament, England ran riot and justified all the excitement around them. Doubles from Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham were deserved rewards for a dominant display, which was of free-flowing excitement from start to finish.

Even from a Dutch perspective, to see Patrick Kluivert and co. push for a late goal which would see them advance on goal difference was enthralling. Even at 4-0 down, the Netherlands had to go for it, and Kluivert’s goal was enough to steer them through to the knockouts.​

Russia 3-3 Czech Republic (Group Stage)

Karel Poborsky of the Czech Republic (left) challenges Igor Yanovski of Russia

On paper, this should have been rubbish. Russia weren’t good and this was the first appearance of the Czech Republic after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia – but the two sides put on an incredible show.

The Czechs raced to an early 2-0 lead under the Anfield lights, but they threw it away and allowed Russia to storm back to 3-2 with just minutes remaining. Both sides had been throwing everything at one another, but the fun wasn’t over yet.

A late moment of magic from Vladimír Šmicer saw the two sides share the spoils, capping off a game that was full of attacking endeavour, fantastic team play and the odd worldie.

Czech Republic 1-0 Portugal (Quarter-Final)

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Speaking of worldies, here we are at the worldie of the summer.​

Czech Republic’s quarter-final against Portugal wasn’t particularly great, but the 53rd minute was one of the best of the entire summer. Karel Poborský picked the ball up and burst through the Portuguese defence, before pulling out an outrageous scoop lob to net the decisive goal.

The closing stages were some of the best of the game following Radoslav Látal’s red card, but this game was all about Poborský.

England 1-1 Germany (Semi-Final)

Frustration for England as they are knoked out of the European championships

By the time England made it to the semi-final, the country had gone wild. Fans were constantly screaming and bouncing, and the optimism was about as high as it ever has been for the Three Lions.​

An early goal from Alan Shearer saw the excitement continue, but Stefan Kuntz levelled things up soon after. There were plenty of shots and magical moments, but the game ultimately went down to penalties. Unfortunately, England went full England and fluffed it.

Gareth Southgate’s decisive miss broke English hearts, but from a neutral perspective, it all added to the drama.

Czech Republic 1-2 Germany (Final)

Oliver Bierhoff,Karel Rada

Czech Republic were the underdogs who had made it to the final. Germany were the powerhouses who were pushing for greatness. ​The story wrote itself.

So, when Patrik Berger gave the Czechs an unlikely lead shortly before the hour mark, the tension built even more. Could they actually do this? Well, no.

Oliver Bierhoff came off the bench to net an equaliser and send the game to extra time, and the towering striker was at it again to put away the golden goal and seal the trophy for Germany – the first time a tournament had ever been decided with a golden goal.

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