The Eurocup has made us believe in football again. After a pandemic, a strange year with empty stadiums, a Super League that involved the attempted appropriation of the elites, the VAR and its controversies … many of us were very close to ceasing to believe. Until EURO 2020 has arrived and has given us the best football and the purest feelings.
Beyond results and ideas, this Eurocup will also be remembered for the five records that have been set:
Last 2016, the number of teams and matches that were played in the Eurocup was expanded, so, certainly, this Eurocup only fought with its previous edition for being the highest scorer. Overwhelming victory. In 2016, 109 goals were scored, in 2021 there were 146.
Never have so many goals been seen in a single day as in this European Championship. The record was set on the last day of the group stage. Spain’s thrashing and crazy Group F matches (Germany – Hungary and France – Portugal) ended the day with 18 goals.
The record for a final round day was also broken. Never have so many goals been scored as on the best day of the entire European Championship: June 29. That day we vibrated with Spain 5-3 Croatia and Switzerland 3-3 France.
Patrk Schick scored the furthest goal in European Championship history. The Czech forward of Bayer Leverkusen scored a goal against Scotland from 45 meters. It was the best goal of the competition.
That of being the highest-scoring Eurocup for many has gotten out of hand. Those who could not score goals in the opposing goal have joined in their own goal. More than 50% of the own goals in the history of the European Championship have been scored in this edition. It all started with the first goal of the first game, Demiral own goal … up to a total of 10.
The VAR has detected penalties and the players have had to walk with a thousand eyes within the area. In fact, this has been the European Championship with the most penalties designated, with a total of 17. However, eight were missed, never had so many missed. Morata and Gerard Moreno failed for the Spanish team.